Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Thinking too much?
So with all the Microsoft (NASDAQ MSFT) and Yahoo! (NASDAQ YHOO) news lately, maybe I've been thinking about it all just a little too much. As already mentioned in a post yesterday, HP's (NYSE HPQ) printing boss, Vyomesh (VJ) Joshi, has an integral role in the deal, as a member of Yahoo!'s board. And then the news, just yesterday, that VJ's boss, HP CEO Mark Hurd, has been named to the News Corp BOD. And today? Word that News Corp (NYSE NWS), owner of Fox Broadcasting, the Wall Street Journal, and MySpace, to name a few, is interested in potentially taking a stake in Yahoo!, in a deal which would, among other things, foil the Microsoft bid. It's no doubt way too soon for Hurd to be working behind the scenes. And at least Dick Hackborn, the legendary HP exec, former company Chairman and still current board member, has retired from a long-time spot on Microsoft's board. That could have made things really complicated!