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Yahoo has been hanging on for years. I avoid Yahoo like the plague because they seem to attach themselves to installs of freeware (I hate software like this), and thus try to sneak in to be your search engine. The sooner it dies the better.
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I think we're looking at a change of focus, rather than a collapse.
Well yes, they're changing their focus from the massive leak at one end of the boat to the massive leak at the other end of the boat. It won't stop them sinking though. The general opinion is that if you gave the current board a goose laying golden eggs they'd manage to starve it or lose it in days such is their singular failure to make anything worthwhile out of their Alibaba deal.
They're currently looking at going the other way around for tax reasons. Selling/spinning off their share of Alibaba would result in a huge capital gains hit. Instead they're going to sell/spin off everything else. Old-Yahoo will become a holding company with IIRC $30bn of Alibaba; New-Yahoo will hold all of their other businesses and their share of Yahoo Japan. The latter may or may not result in a second round of selling off; it's a healthy business worth more than the giant pile of mediocrity that is the remainder of Yahoo. I've seen claims ranging from it and Yahoo-everything else sharing nothing but a name; and that while Yahoo.jp is independently run the two companies share a lot of back end tech that would make a formal breakup painful.
A breakup of some sort is all but assured; the mismatched conglomerate discount on Yahoo at present is about equal to the ~$5+5 bn valuations for Yahoo.jp and Yahoo.everythingelse. IOW the company as a whole is trading at roughly the value of its Alibaba stock. Partly this is that the longterm health of yahoo.everythingelse; and partly the standard conglomerate hit from the different parts of the company appealing to different types of investor, who are all discounting the value of the parts they don't care about.
Did you ever see history portrayed as an old man with a wise brow and pulseless heart, waging all things in the balance of reason?
Is not rather the genius of history like an eternal, imploring maiden, full of fire, with a burning heart and flaming soul, humanly warm and humanly beautiful?
Training a telescope on one’s own belly button will only reveal lint. You like that? You go right on staring at it. I prefer looking at galaxies.
-- Sarah Hoyt
1) This year I (9082365) am as old as the century was in the year I was born. How old am I?
.. is, as Hobby Proggy was first to say and Manfred first to prove, 58. How this is possible since I'm sure my 21st birthday was only yesterday is a puzzle yet to be resolved!
2) Jack who is unmarried is looking at Anne. Anne is looking at George who is married. Is an unmarried person looking at a married person? Yes, no, or is it impossible to determine?
... is, as David Crow was first to say and Richard Deeming first to prove, YES. Much hilarity in The Guardian this morning with people defending their wrong answers even after the logic had been explained to them by the writer of the article and hundreds of below the line commenters. The question, they maintained, was badly written or incomplete, the setter was an idiot far below their own intellectual powers. One even suggested that married is not a binary state. Anything to prevent simply admitting that they'd failed! As I commented, it's no wonder the world is going to hell in a handcart if there are that many people prepared to go to the barricades for such a patently and provably errant cause!