Carl Icahn coming soon

Billionaire financier Carl Icahn is about to start blogging on corporate governance. Well, at least a site is up with a single post on January 31 saying "Blog coming soon." An RSS feed is ready, along with an email subscription option. A lengthy terms of use statement is there and a privacy policy. But no posts yet. And the ‘hello world’ one that’s there – it’s a WordPress blog and that’s the default post URL you get when you first…

The complexity of combining Microsoft and Yahoo

Yesterday’s news about Microsoft’s unsolicited $44.6 billion (£22.6bn) bid to acquire Yahoo has, unsurprisingly, made headlines around the world. Plenty of commentators have been quick to analyse what the combination might mean to the tech business and, in particular, search and online advertising. A common conclusion is that it’s all about Microsoft becoming far more competitive to tackle Google. My second thought on hearing the news yesterday morning – my first thought was simply "Wow!" – was thinking about the…

An abrupt ending for Blognation

This is what you now see if you go to any of the websites of Blognation, the blog network that’s been embroiled in scandal and controversy for the past few weeks. It’s too bad. If there’s one thing that disgraced entrepreneur Sam Sethi did, it was pull together a great team of talented writers in a network that had 13 localized sites around the world. Such a waste. Related post: Troubling times for Blognation coming to a head

The tipping point for XBRL

This could be a milestone in illustrating the benefits of using XBRL for companies filing financial data. Last week, Microsoft submitted a Form 8-K filing to the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) comprising financial data for shareholders, using XBRL. Why is this significant? First, it needs a bit of understanding as to what XBRL is. Simple explanation: it’s an emerging XML-based standard to define and exchange business and financial performance information. For more, read the technical description on Wikipedia.…

Troubling times for Blognation coming to a head

Ever since Blognation opened its virtual doors last July, it’s been one of my primary essential daily destinations for RSS reading. It’s an ambitious idea from Sam Sethi – build a network of blogs covering news about emerging startups in Web 2.0 tech and mobile in key markets worldwide. So far, Blognation has 13 localized sites ranging from the US and Canada to the UK and Germany, to Russia, India and out to China, Japan and Australia. It’s not the…

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