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Post time 2011-12-30 03:36:21 |Display all floors
The Chinese want to buy Yahoo!

29 December, 2011


After buying up all of the world’s available resources, China is looking for a new array of assets to swipe under their rug. Now the Far East has set its aims on the Internet and is looking to begin with buying what’s left of Web giants Yahoo!
Alibaba Group, the Hangzhou-based computer company, has retained former Reagan administration Secretary of Staff Kenneth Duberstein’s lobbying firm, Duberstein Group Inc., to help ink out a deal between the Chinese e-commerce corporation and the search engine giants.
Silicon Valley’s Yahoo! owns a 40 percent stake in Alibaba, but the Chinese firm’s CEO, Jack Ma, has discussed not just buying out their stake but absorbing Yahoo! as a whole. Earlier this month, Ma told Bloomberg News that talks of a deal had been put on hold due to “political issues,” but by putting a former White House insider inside the discussions, tensions could be smoothed between the two sides to enough of a point to sign the papers.
"The national security concern is sometimes just an excuse for commercial concerns for any country, but certainly for the United States," Mark Natkin, managing director of Beijing-based Marbridge Consulting, tells Reuters. "I don't think there should be a big concern (for Alibaba buying Yahoo). Users may share or keep as much data as they like.
"If they subscribe to Yahoo and (they know) Yahoo is owned by a Chinese company, they are going to have to make the decision themselves," Natkin adds.
Washington’s relationship with Beijing has been on better terms in the past than it has in recent months, so the move to install Duberstein into the equation could certainly be considered a smart move to make the deal, which is estimated to come at a cost of around $18 billion. The Financial Times reports that major Chinese tech companies have tried to absorb American IT corporations in the past, only to be blocked. Duberstein’s pull in Washington could make this deal a done one in a matter of weeks, however.
Duberstein’s other clients include Goldman Sachs and BP America, whose reputation in Washington is all but infamous

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Post time 2011-12-30 09:35:29 |Display all floors
Interesting.

So if yahoo is owned by a chinese company and timbatu still gets his comments removed in yahoo news.....
I almost want this to happen just to see this.


  
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JFenix Post time: 2011-12-30 09:35
Interesting.

So if yahoo is owned by a chinese company and timbatu still gets his comments removed  ...

Why don't you leave Timbatu alone , get a life.

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Post time 2011-12-31 08:34:39 |Display all floors
  1. "If they subscribe to Yahoo and (they know) Yahoo is owned by a Chinese company, they are going to have to make the decision themselves," Natkin adds.
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Grief.  Why should anything Chinese be a cause for concern in a portal? Suppliers and buyers are pragmatic. If the service supplied is not acceptable, the buyer will go somewhere else. If the new Yahoo is irrelevant, it will lose its customers. So what does having Chinese ownership have anything to do with a business?

Alibaba is an emarketplace. It is proposing to buy Yahoo, a portal.  What is a portal these days? In the early years of the dot-com era, the idea of a portal was sold to the hilt by investment bank analysts. Valuations were made stratospheric parallel to the geometric increase in internet users whose numbers were inflated by the telcos whose valuations were also inflated by the analysts.  All because of the need to bump up numbers of the share markets. And what is a portal again? What does it do? Why has Yahoo been having problems?  What is Alibaba looking to paying for it? Has anyone learned the lesson of buying IBM's pc subsidiary, Morgan Stanley, Blackwater...?  What has been gained from them? What has been lost before the ownerships changed hands?

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Post time 2011-12-31 09:10:05 |Display all floors
This post was edited by grb at 2011-12-31 09:10
markwu Post time: 2011-12-31 08:34
Grief.  Why should anything Chinese be a cause for concern in a portal? Suppliers and buyers are pra ...


If Lenovo had not bought the IBM PC Company they would not have the technology they have today.  It was a good move by Lenovo.

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Post time 2011-12-31 09:24:13 |Display all floors
grb Post time: 2011-12-31 09:10
If Lenovo had not bought the IBM PC Company they would not have the technology they have today.  I ...

What technology was that?  How to assemble a pc? Thousands of our kids in the backyard can do that. Heck, they can even create their own pc's.  A pc is just an assembly of chips and parts.  If IBM and Acer buy their chips from chip makers, metal parts from parts fabricators, wire harnesses from wire harness makers, software from that company, and so on.... what technology is really involved?  PC-making was commoditized long ago. It is a low-margin high-volume assembly work.  That was why IBM was willing to sell it off in the first place. After removing the customer list.

And if it was to buy into management technique on how to run a global pc supplier business, why not hire from ground up the best of such managers in the market and start a new global company, paying better attention to the role of features packaging, brand creation and international marketing? IBM pcs weren't doing that well, Dell was having post-sales servicing issues, and HP was having boardroom problems. And Acer if it had some sense would have considered itself a China company from the outset and just transfer over the knowhow.

So..wake up..before opening the wallet.



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Post time 2011-12-31 10:29:58 |Display all floors
This post was edited by SMITHI at 2011-12-31 10:31

China-developed server boosts high-tech chain

Updated: 2011-12-21

By Zhang Zhao (China Daily)




Employs all proprietary software and hardware
The recent success of the Longteng server using a home-designed Loongson CPU is an important step in building China's proprietary IT industry and enhancing national security, say industry insiders.
Developed by Tianjin-based Dawning Information Industry Co Ltd, the Longteng server has "full Chinese proprietary intellectual property from the hardware to the operating system, application software and middleware", said Deng Hongsheng, the director of Dawning's Longteng server department.
Middleware is a kind of software that allows multiple processes running on one or more machines to interact.
The Longteng server with the Loongson 3A quad-core CPU can accommodate the NeoKylin and NFS operating systems developed by Chinese companies based on Linux.
The Longteng server has "particularly high security, because its hardware and software are both home-developed", said Nie Hua, vice-president of the company.
"It will help eliminate the security problems currently existing in many fields in our country, such as e-business and national defense," he said.
"It will also increase our capability in information security management."


The development of China's proprietary computer science technologies is gaining increased international attention.
Two years ago, a story in the popular US-based computing magazine Wired said "the Loongson chip is going to change more than just computer ownership rates in the most populous nation on the planet".
"It's going to have a profound impact on computers everywhere," said the article titled "The People's Processor".
Dawning President Li Jun noted "if we want a Chinese CPU to become mainstream, we have to take it out of the lab to the market and let it join the competition".
Li Guojie, a scholar at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, said the arrival of the Longteng server will "integrate many of China's other recent achievements in core electronics components, high-end chips and basic software", helping promote the commercialization of the Loongson series CPU.
The success will also help develop a number of related home-developed products including operating systems, middleware, and database and application software to help establish China's own IT industry chain, said Li.
The central and Tianjin governments each granted Dawning a 15 million yuan ($2.3 million) subsidy to build a production line making five types of servers based on the Loongson CPU. The company aims to sell 1,000 servers over the next year.
Deng noted an additional benefit is the server's eco-friendly design.
"In addition, we took the concept of eco-friendliness into consideration and implemented a series of energy-saving measures," he said.
Founded in 1996, the company built the Dawning Nebulae supercomputer last year that has a computing speed of 1.27 petaflops per second, the second-fastest in the world.
China Daily

(China Daily 12/21/2011 page17)


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