Microsoft can build a competitive online advertising business without Yahoo! but it "could just take more time", CEO Steve Ballmer told the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> in an interview published on Friday. The comment came as analysts and industry watchers awaited an imminent announcement on Microsoft's next move in its unresolved quest to acquire Yahoo!
Yahoo!'s rejection on Monday of Microsoft's buyout offer sets the stage for the United States software giant to up the ante or attempt a coup by ousting the internet firm's board of directors. Yahoo!'s board of directors spurned Microsoft's takeover bid, saying the $44,6-billion offer is too low.
Social networking websites saw their ranks swell and values soar this year as everyone from moody teenagers and mellow music lovers to mate-seeking seniors joined online communities. Google's freshly released <i>Zeitgeist 2007</i> reveals that seven out of the 10 hottest topics which triggered internet queries during the year involved social networking.
Apple's upgraded Leopard operating system will be set loose on Friday as trend-setting iPods and iPhones cause the ranks of Macintosh computer lovers to swell. Eagerly-awaited by Apple's notoriously cultish followers, Leopard's release was delayed so the company's engineers could devote their time to getting iPhones to market in the United States in June.
Forced onto the backfoot by poor ping and overseas servers, African gamers are getting creative in an attempt to play one of the biggest competitive games. In the second instalment of our gaming corner, we chat to some of the innovators