This week has rightly been taken up with the eulogies for Steve Jobs, that remarkable man who died this week. So a rumor which normally would have received a great deal of newspaper speculation went almost unnoticed.
Microsoft is considering making another bid to purchase Yahoo! That final exclamation point is not to indicate astonishment but is, of course, part of the official Yahoo! company name.
As is usual, most of the posts I write are triggered by unusual events or coincidences. In this case, I had signed on as a writer for Technorati this week. I was alert to possibilities for my first post when my weekly e-mail from Week In China came over my desk. There I noted that Internet tycoon Jack Ma has declared he wants to buy Yahoo.
He is the founder and chief executive of Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba Group. This would be a real turnaround for this rapidly growing company. Six years ago Yahoo invested $1 billion for a 40% stake in Alibaba, at the time when the Chinese upstart was in need of funding and technology know-how.
Doing a little research, I found that within Microsoft there are internal divisions on whether it should pursue Yahoo again. The possible cold feet for Microsoft and the ardor of Ma suggested a line of thought for my first Technorati article. My effort was quickly published as Microsoft, please leave Yahoo! to Alibaba.
I realize that there is a sizeable crowd that are not too fond of Microsoft. However it is pleasing to see that a few hours later, the post is one of the Hot items on the Technorati Home Page.