Top 10 things Michael Arrington should do to protest Microsoft's bad behavior

Top 10 things Michael Arrington should do to protest Microsoft's bad behavior

Summary: TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is miffed. Microsoft crossed a line by ganging up on Yahoo with Carl Icahn.

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TechCrunch's Michael Arrington is miffed. Microsoft crossed a line by ganging up on Yahoo with Carl Icahn.

Arrington outlines his case, but the last sentence is what intrigued me:

"I’m all for a merger. But I won’t stand by quietly while Microsoft destroys what’s left of Yahoo just because it can."

Some folks responded with questions asking what exactly Arrington will do. I have to wonder too. I hope it's nothing too drastic. In lieu of a response (so far) I figured I'd kick around a top 10 list of things Arrington can do to protest Microsoft's behavior and support Yahoo in no particular order.

  1. Wrap Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer's house in toilet paper
  2. Buy purple suits so Arrington can at least looks like he bleeds purple like Jerry Yang
  3. Ballmer's Friend request? Denied!
  4. Move to France (a move usually reserved for presidential campaigns, but could apply here)
  5. Infiltrate Yahoo and convert the infrastructure to Mac OS X server (just in case Microsoft succeeds)
  6. In phase two of that Mac OS X project, put Vista on all of Yahoo's desktops so nothing works properly
  7. Hunger strike
  8. Bolt all Yahoo chairs to the ground so Ballmer can't throw them
  9. Sabotage Yahoo employee morale by forcing them to use Zunes instead of iPods
  10. Put Microsoft's Bob in charge of Yahoo's help desk.

Write-ins accepted.

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  • Correct me if I'm wrong

    From what I understand, MS has [b]zero[/b] power over Yahoo stockholders. MS made an offer, the board rejected it, and some major stockholders believe the board made a mistake. To say MS and Icahn are "ganging up" is ridiculous because MS has no power at Yahoo. This is [b]Icahn's[/b] doing and all MS is saying is that it if Icahn can convince the shareholders to boot the board, then MS will put its offer back on the table. This is how public companies work. If you don't like it, don't become a public company. Yahoo's board is using [b]shareholder[/b] money to fund Yahoo so it only makes sense that the shareholders should have a say.

    PS I still think this is a bad merger for MS but I seriously question why people are saying that MS is strongarming anyone into doing anything that goes against the wish of the shareholders.
    NonZealot
  • This is just capitalism at its finest.

    Get over it. The one with the most money gets his/her way.
    bjbrock
    • Provided...

      ...those who provide the money are dumb enough to go along with things that are manifestly not in *their* interest.

      Capitalism is at its finest when everybody benefits. A system that only benefits capitalists merely provides propaganda material for socialists and anarchists.
      John L. Ries
  • RE: Top 10 things Michael Arrington should do to protest Microsoft's bad behavior

    Has Microsoft actually said anything concrete or is this story just another on the long list of rumors that are floating out there?

    All I've seen is Microsoft saying they MAY be interested in future negotiations, but that they won't do that with the current board. They never said "hey press...we support iCahn and can't wait to gang up together and assimilate Yahoo", which is what this story seems to suggest. How is this vague statement from Microsoft ganging up on anyone?

    Frankly, all Yang needs to do is keep his promise to the investors...the one where he said he'd turn the company around...you know, INCREASSE share price. The one thing that absolutely does NOT appear to be happening now without selling services out to Google, their major competitor (great plan Jerry...great plan). The one thing that was pretty much impossible when he said it to the investors.

    Somehow...out of all of this...it's now iCahn and Microsoft ganging up on Yahoo? Nah...it's Yahoo that ganged up on itself and will most likely never recover the billions lost by Yang, who seems to put personal interest above common business sense.
    lawryll@...
  • Arrington is already purple around the eyes

    > Buy purple suits so Arrington can at least looks like he bleeds purple like Jerry Yang.

    Arrington is already purple around the eyes.

    --

    Larry, do you now also have to TechMob?
    I started the day with the Feldnigga story already...
    Wolke Snow
  • Line was crossed long ago

    Arrington's list is funny, but if people really don't like the way MS does business, the best thing they can do is to withhold their patronage and give it to MS' competitors.
    John L. Ries
  • Do we care what Michael Arrington thinks?

    [i]But when Microsoft pulled its bid just as Yahoo was about to accept[/i]

    Right: accepting the bid with their right hand, while concealing the poison pill in their left hand.

    I assume Arrington beleives that is an acceptable tactic.

    Yahoo crossed the line early on when they went beyond the majority of the companies owners and took matters into their own hands, at a loss to the owners they claim to "represent".

    Now Microsoft has the leverage, Arrington the bitterness.
    GuidingLight
  • who the f*** is Michael Arrington?

    Sorry, I don't have time to keep up with every nitwit pundit who thinks he's a journalist.
    pikeman666@...
  • RE: Top 10 things Michael Arrington should do to protest Microsoft's bad be

    Whatever you might think of Michael Arrington he does have a formidable soapbox from which to pontificate on whatever it is he feels is appropriate.

    I believe he deserves to be cut some slack when saying he won't stand by quietly in regards to Microsoft to be simply that he will utilize whatever resources at his disposal to galvanize opposition to what he sincerely believes is against the public interest. That's all.
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