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Microsoft withdraws Yahoo! bid!

Microsoft withdraws Yahoo! bid! One of the rare news where I can put two exclamation marks instead of one.

Microsoft Withdraws Its Bid for Yahoo

The about-face followed a meeting on Saturday morning in Seattle between Microsoft’s chief executive, Steven A. Ballmer, and Yahoo’s chief and co-founder, Jerry Yang, according to a person familiar with the talks.

At the meeting, which also included Yahoo’s other founder, David Filo, and a Microsoft president who oversees its online unit, Kevin Johnson, Mr. Ballmer increased Microsoft’s offer to $33 a share, or a total of about $47.5 billion, from $29.40 a share. Mr. Yang told Mr. Ballmer that Yahoo would not accept an offer below $37 a share, this person said.

“Despite our best efforts, including raising our bid by roughly $5 billion, Yahoo has not moved toward accepting our offer,” Mr. Ballmer said in a statement. “After careful consideration, we believe the economics demanded by Yahoo do not make sense for us, and it is in the best interests of Microsoft stockholders, employees and other stakeholders to withdraw our proposal.”

Microsoft’s decision to walk away casts a cloud of uncertainty over Yahoo and its shareholders. The breakdown in the talks is likely to send Yahoo’s shares plunging, and Mr. Yang and his team will have to decide how to placate investors. (Source: NYTimes)

I think this is good news for Microsoft shareholders. Yahoo isn’t that worth the money to purchase, plus Microsoft has the technology, they just need to work out their visitor numbers. For Yahoo!, it perhaps it a good thing too, but I just kinda have a bad feeling that Yahoo! won’t be doing too well in the coming months to come.

The problem with outsourcing technical support

Sometimes I get really annoyed when I make these support calls. There’s always a lag time of like 0.3 milliseconds and I could finish a biscuit in that amount of time. But what really pisses me off is the accent. The accent that make technical support a lot more technical than it supposed to be. Whatever happen to your friendly support people? They’re probably in a bloody call center in India. Anyway, here are some video clips of people’s experience with call centers that might just make you go what-the-ahem.

call center salesman goes insane (REAL RECORDING)

I can believable, like a little girl. As long as this doesn’t happen to me, he’s the funniest call center salesman. The salesman is in Panama.

Here’s one from Microsoft support center. I don’t know what he’s talking about.

Funny Microsoft support center call

The Microsoft support personnel is probably from India. Here’s a video of what call centers do in India.

Indian Call Centre

Well, if you have a computer problem, consider this – unplug it and plug it right back. Sometimes, you don’t really benefit from calling call centers. If you’re a novice computer user, you probably can’t convey your computer problem in the right terms and the support fellow from India tries to tell you to check if your power button is on. He probably is laughing with his colleagues after he puts down your phone call. Should you be an expert computer user, calling support lines is like teaching the call center support personnel something new.

So you know what – forget it. If you have a problem, go to your expert computer friend. Buy him or her lunch of something and ask them for help. No strange accent. No lag.

Yahoo’s board rejects Microsoft takeover offer

Yahoo Inc.’s board plans to reject Microsoft Corp.’s bid to buy the Internet pioneer, The Wall Street Jornal reported on its Web site Saturday.

Board members concluded the unsolicited $44.6 billion offer massively undervalues the Web pioneer, a person familiar with the situation told the newspaper.

The bid was made public Feb. 1

read more | digg story

What could this mean for Yahoo and Microsoft?

Probably drops in shares. Yahoo probably won’t have a good year ahead. They’ve got a few key people who just left. Yahoo has Flickr, delicious.com and pretty cool stuff for developers. They lack a good ad network though.

Microsoft, being Microsoft would go on of course. But their internet arm still is pretty weak. They’ve recently bought a couple of firms to enhance their mapping services. I wish they do something with social networking instead. And Microsoft needs to have a video streaming service like YouTube. They have one that no one uses so it’s not counted.

Google is probably smiling happily right now.

Some Windows Live Messenger personal messages

I was looking at some of my friend’s Windows Live Messenger personal messages. Most people have all those inspiring quotation said by God-knows-who. It really doesn’t matter, it beats putting lame shit like some long Chinese lyrics that is so long and got cut due to Live Messenger’s character limit. And I can’t even understand half of what the Chinese quotation is about, it probably is a song, probably is a senseless lament about love. Matters little.

Some friends come and go, only true friends leave footprint etched deeply into the heart. Thanks for being one!

Nicely said.

Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.

Quote by Lucius Annaeus Seneca that I don’t quite agree on. True luck is when opportunity comes without preparation. Hahaa…

FRIENDS: 2 (maybe +1) | CLOSE FRIENDS: 3 , identifying in process… am i such a failure in life or is it the world???

Erm… Okay, kinda strange. Let’s see some others.

Spending an inordinate amount of time romancing the impossible.

Okay.

“Silence can be a expression of love” – Chika Umino, Honey and Clover season 2, epsiode 2.

The above personal message actually has a citation longer than its quotation. It’s almost like Harvard referencing style. Where is the year dude?

“Love doesn’t make the world go round, Love is what makes the ride worthwhile.” – Franklin P. Jones

Ridzuan has this. I stole the quote from him. And he, erm, borrowed it from someone.

“We know accurately only when we know little. With knowledge, doubt increases.” – Goethe

That’s my previous personal message before I stole Ridzuan’s.

Microsoft releases source code for .NET Framework libraries

Sources codes for the following libraries have been released:

  • .NET Base Class Libraries (including System, System.CodeDom, System.Collections, System.ComponentModel, System.Diagnostics, System.Drawing, System.Globalization, System.IO, System.Net, System.Reflection, System.Runtime, System.Security, System.Text, System.Threading, etc).
  • ASP.NET (System.Web, System.Web.Extensions)
  • Windows Forms (System.Windows.Forms)
  • Windows Presentation Foundation (System.Windows)
  • ADO.NET and XML (System.Data and System.Xml)

It is released under the reference license.

Reference License

The .NET Framework source is being released under a read-only reference license. When we announced that we were releasing the source back in October, some people had concerns about the potential impact of their viewing the source. To help clarify and address these concerns, we made a small change to the license to specifically call out that the license does not apply to users developing software for a non-Windows platform that has “the same or substantially the same features or functionality” as the .NET Framework. If the software you are developing is for Windows platforms, you can look at the code, even if that software has “the same or substantially the same features or functionality” as the .NET Framework.

Read on the announcement at Scott Guthrie’s blog and Shawn Burke’s blog.

Video: Bill Gates’ last day at Microsoft

Earlier this evening Bill Gates gave his final Microsoft keynote at the 2008 CES show in Las Vegas. Throughout the keynote he made many references to what he will do with his free time once he retires from day to day operations at Microsoft. It turns out, Bill has big plans in addition to his foundation after all.

Bill Gates Last Day CES Clip

He seems like such a loser in the video. He’s probably a little stiff in the film but the short film works out right and all the cameos made me laughed. There’s Bono, Obama, Al Gore, Jon Stewart and others. Looks like he’s having fun.

[Source: TweakVista, via Digg]