Monday, August 11, 2008

IT-SECTOR: as a yeast

Incredible did happen. Anyone who watched the last months of ritual dances around the altercation Yahoo and Microsoft, awaiting the culmination of events on Aug. 1 - at that date was designated fateful meeting of shareholders Yahoo. But now - for all of a sudden - top managers of Yahoo were able to agree with his greatest investor Carl Ikanom. But the corporation Microsoft, it seems, are left with the nose.

I recall: billionaire Carl Ikan, who represents a group of investors and controls almost 5% Yahoo (the largest stake), from mid-May threatened at the next shareholders' meeting to replace the old to the new board of directors. And all in order to resume talks with Microsoft about selling Internet portal. Against Ikana acted together top managers of Yahoo, did not wish to sell the software giant even on a price. It is not difficult to guess, opponents alliance with Microsoft enjoyed the support of Google. In general, kipeli Shakespeare's passions.

And suddenly all over. Even yesterday they polivali each other mud, and now quite peacefully build joint plans for the future. In short, Yahoo settle differences with its shareholder Carl Ikanom. Decided that eight out of nine board members will be re-August 1 at the shareholders meeting. Hiccup promised not to dismiss at a meeting of the current board of directors and Yahoo, moreover, to vote their shares for candidates the board of directors, that is, nearly all current top managers. Accordingly, their positions remain chairman of the board of directors Roy Bostok and гендиректор Yahoo Jerry Yang.

However, the board of directors will be increased to 11 people: additional three seats (Ikan pay these places votes of his stake) will take itself Karl Ikan and two other directors. They will choose from nine candidates committee on corporate governance and nominating. The list includes, inter alia, the former head of AOL, Jonathan Miller. Incidentally, the news of the reconciliation of top managers with Yahoo Carl Ikanom came shortly after another major shareholder of Yahoo - Bill Miller (4.4% Company) - supported the current leadership Internet portal.

Now Jerry Yang, in particular, said that "The struggle for the management of the company behind, and Yahoo will be able to continue to adhere to the strategy, under which it is the entrance point for every Internet user." In turn, thanked Karl Ikan top managers of corporations because they enabled him to enter to the board of directors and help the company fully disclose its potential. " And together they now consider Yahoo as "a unique blend of valuable assets."

Now let's talk about Google - what a review without them? ... According to a research company Hitwise, Google in June this year, won 69.17% U.S. search market. A year ago the figure was equal to 63.92%. The current growth of the market share Google has provided similar indicators falling from Yahoo and MSN.

Incidentally, by the end of June, Yahoo won 19.62% of the market in the U.S. (a year ago - 21.31%). More noticeably decreased market share of MSN - just 4%. Today, Microsoft controls through MSN 5.46% market share of Internet search, while a year ago to share MSN accounted for 9.85% of the market. But the share of search engine, conversely, increased. In June 2007 - ranked second 3.42% U.S. search market, and in June of this year - already 4.17%.

Other news: Google has become the largest British brand, bypassed corporation Microsoft, which ranked first a year ago. Relevant top of the organization YouGov. Significantly, a year ago, Google was only third on the list. Overall, this includes the top five hundred brands and compiled according to the poll Britons.

Companies Toshiba and Matsushita develop joint production of OLED-panel. To this end, created a joint venture Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology, in which 60% of the shares will be owned by Toshiba, and 40% - Matsushita. The product line should be started in autumn 2009. The planned production capacity Toshiba Matsushita Display Technology is a million screens a month. However, initially, in the first phase, the company will produce only 2.5 - OLED-inch panels for use in mobile phones, communicators, GPS-browser, and other mobile devices. Now the market leader in compact OLED-screens is a South Korean corporation Samsung. And in Japan serial production of OLED-screens was able to run only company Sony.

19 July in China, in Beijing, began work first corporate store Apple Store. In 2009, Apple plans to open another store company in Beijing; further the queue Shanghai and other major cities.

All appliances sold in the first Chinese Apple Store, localized to work in China. Prices in this store higher than in the Apple brand stores in the U.S. and Europe: for example, 32 - gigabyte iPod in China stands at 30% more expensive than in the United States. In doing so, there is no iPhone in the store. The reason is simple: Apple and China's largest mobile operator, China Mobile, have not yet agreed on the conditions of smartphone sales and tariff plans.

And more about business "apple company." In mid-July, Apple without the extra publicity by 20% increased its order for the production of printed circuit boards used in laptops MacBook and MacBook Pro. Additional order has been posted at four factories Taiwanese producers: Compeq Manufacturing, Gold Circuit Electronics, Nanya Printed Circuit Board and Tripod Technology.

At the same time - in mid-July - has information about the forthcoming update of portable Makintoshey rulers and the imminent launch of Intel Centrino mobile platform 2, which will form the basis of new personalok.

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