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5/04/2007
  Funny Stuff on YHOO / MSFT in the WSJ
Here's some WSJ coverage of Microsoft's and Yahoo's "recent talks". Feel free to refer back to this the next time you need to judge how well major newspapers understand Silicon Valley.

Still, Microsoft has technical expertise that might benefit Yahoo. Under one possible scenario, Microsoft could manage the technical platform and infrastructure of the companies' combined Internet activities, while Yahoo's current staff could oversee the consumer parts of the businesses..

That's absurdly funny. Microsoft has no technical skills "that might benefit Yahoo." They've spent billions of their cash on their own infrastructure - and are way behind Google AND Yahoo - is that the skill?

While Yahoo is facing increased competition to sell advertisers the graphical-display ads, such as banners, that have been its bread and butter, the company recently has shown signs of momentum

Really? Apparently the last two consecutive quarters of serious under-performance counts as momentum to the WSJ?

Panama is now running, and Yahoo said recently that it expects the system to contribute to its revenue, starting this quarter.

Even this basic statement is grossly incorrect. Panama is of course, already contributing to revenue. It's revenue growth that's the problem.

Just remember that everything you read in the press is generally wrong in some important way. And it's doubly true for coverage of technical issues.

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