Is It Too Late for Yahoo?/Facing Free Software, Microsoft Looks to Yahoo

One of the first questions that Jerry Yang and his top lieutenants pondered after he became chief executive of Yahoo last summer was whether the company could remain independent. They quickly answered yes.But Mr. Yang, who founded Yahoo along with David Filo in 1995, had a harder time coming up with convincing answers for many of the more complex questions facing the company. How exactly would an independent Yahoo sharpen its focus, shed marginal projects and become a stronger competitor to Google, the runaway leader in online search and advertising?
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/08/technology/08yahoo.htmlFacing Free Software, Microsoft Looks to Yahoo
Nearly a quarter-century ago, the mantra “information wants to be free” heralded an era in which news, entertainment and personal communications would flow at no charge over the Internet.Now comes a new rallying cry: software wants to be free. Or, as the tech insiders say, it wants to be “zero dollar.”A growing number of consumers are paying just that — nothing. This is the Internet’s latest phase: people using freely distributed applications, from e-mail and word processing programs to spreadsheets, games and financial management tools. They run on distant, massive and shared data centers, and users of the services pay with their attention to ads, not cash.
http://www.nytimes.com/2008/02/09/technology/09free.html

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