Microsoft-Yahoo once again in news

Microsoft-Yahoo once again in news

Yahoo and Microsoft are not yet accepting it but industry sources say that the two giants are back in discussions for a possible collaboration.

Microsoft is said to be still interested in the search operations of Yahoo.

The rumours in the market have helped boost Yahoo’s stock price at the share market.

The two companies could form some kind of a partnership to present a stronger challenge to Google in the search and online advertising markets.

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has already admitted that she is ready to talk with any company provided the price is right.

If a deal is indeed signed, it could give Microsoft the much needed boost in the search engine market. Yahoo would be able to focus on non-search areas which would also save them a lot of money.

Rumours: Amazon.com could acquire Netflix

Rumours: Amazon.com could acquire Netflix

Netflix is one of the most interesting companies in the US market today. The movie rental company is performing well and is also working hard on expanding their digital services.

The latest rumour in the market is that Amazon is considering acquiring Netflix.

The reports of a possible deal between the two companies resulted in major boost in the stock price of Netflix which competes with Blockbuster in the DVD rental market.

Netflix is incidentally a rival to Amazon in the digital delivery of movies online.

Netflix and Amazon have declined to comment on these rumours.

Dell working on an Android powered Apple iPod Touch rival?

Dell working on an Android powered Apple iPod Touch rival?

Wall Street Journal has reported that Dell is working on a mobile internet device which would be powered using Google Android mobile platform.

This device would be similar to Apple iPod Touch but slightly larger.

It would not work as a mobile phone but would feature wireless internet connectivity for web surfing and other purposes.

The report said that Dell plans to launch it before the end of the year potentially aiming for the holiday season sales.

Dell has been rumoured to be working on smartphone models for quite some time now. Recent reports claimed that they failed to impress the mobile service providers in the US market with their prototypes.

Looks like they are now focusing on releasing a mobile internet device first before concentrating on telephony devices.

Time Warner close to spinning off AOL

Time Warner close to spinning off AOL

Time Warner has hinted that they are close to finding a future plan for their subsidiary AOL.

Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said: “We believe AOL will then have a better opportunity to achieve its full potential as a leading independent Internet company.”

This is just another way of saying that AOL has failed to generate enough revenues for them and they want to get rid of it.

AOL was once the leading provider of internet services in the USA. It was a huge online media entity a couple of years ago.

Things have changed massively in those years and now AOL is struggling with their new model of generation revenues through online advertising.

IBM – Sun Microsystems announcement can come on April 6

IBM – Sun Microsystems announcement can come on April 6

IBM is said to be in talks with Sun Microsystems over a possible acquisition deal.

Market sources now say that an announcement can come as early as April 6.

IBM is said to be interested in paying between $9 and $10 a share for Sun.

This would make it probably the largest acquisition deal in the history for IBM.

IBM and Sun Microsystems have declined to comment on this latest story in the media.

None of the two companies have confirmed that the talks are going on.

IBM might be interested in Satyam

IBM might be interested in Satyam

Economic Times has reported that IBM is one of the eight bidders for the Indian IT giant Satyam.

Private equity firm Apax Partners is said to be another party involved in the bidding process.

Larsen & Toubro, Tech Mahindra and Spice Group are other parties mentioned in the report.

IBM has not shown interest directly but is said to be involved through a law firm.

Satyam has officially declined to comment on the bidding process for acquiring a 51 percent stake in Satyam which has been struggling to survive after a major fraud was detected in the company.

Spice Group Chairman B.K. Modi has however hinted that they might withdraw from the bidding process due to lack of desired transparency in the bidding process.

IBM rumored to be interested in acquiring Sun Microsystems!

IBM rumored to be interested in acquiring Sun Microsystems!

International Business Machines is said to be in talks with Sun Microsystems over a possible acquisition deal.

Sources say that the deal could be worth at least $6.5 billion in cash.

This was reported in a news item by the Wall Street Journal.

The rumors of such a deal led to a boost in the stock price of Sun Microsystems. It went up $3.23, or 65 percent, to $8.20 in premarket trading.

IBM would gain in the finance and telecommunications markets if they do acquire Sun Microsystems.

IBM and Sun have for now have not commented on these reports in the media.

HP cuts pay to avoid job cuts

HP cuts pay to avoid job cuts

US based tech giant Hewlett Packard has apparently applied a pay cut across the company.

This step was taken to avoid potential job cuts as the company too is feeling the pinch of the weakening economy.

Inside sources say that the company CEO Mark Hurd said in an internal memo that they had to take this step to compensate for poor performance in several areas due to the ongoing economic recession.

The pay cut is applicable to everyone including the top management. Hurd himself is losing 20 percent while the Executive Council members are facing a 15 percent cut.

Other senior executives are now facing a 10% salary cut while junior employees in the company would get a relatively smaller pay cut.

Sources quoted Hurd as saying: “To give you a little insight into my world, after we report our earnings, we engage in a dialog with analysts and investors. They’re going to ask what we’re doing in light of the current environment to right-size these businesses”. He added that the company is fundamentally sound and they are not aiming to cut any jobs to save money in the near future.

Motorola might cut more jobs as sales remain down

Motorola might cut more jobs as sales remain down

US based mobile phone maker Motorola might announce more cuts if the reports are to be believed.

The company continues to struggle as a mobile phone maker. They are lacking interesting products and rival companies are moving ahead at an impressive pace.

Apple iPhone, Google Android, Palm webOS, RIM Blackberry… All of these are turning out to be potential future dominating players.

Motorola seems to be working on some Android platform powered phones but no announcements have been made.

The company had announced last year that they were going to cut around 3000 jobs. This could now increase as they have to cut costs to stay competitive.

Jonathan Miller interested in Yahoo?

Jonathan Miller interested in Yahoo?

Wall Street Journal has reported that AOL’s former chief executive Jonathan Miller is working on arranging finances to acquire parts of or the entire stake in the internet media giant Yahoo.

Reports say that he could get a deal done for $20 to $22 per share if the finances can be arranged for the deal.

This would be a tough thing to accomplish as he would need to raise $28 billion to $30 billion at a time when the market is in a recession.

Yahoo called this report a rumor. Miller has not yet commented on the report.

Yahoo and Microsoft have however confirmed that they are not in any talks currently for any deal.