By John Kell
May 6, 2015

Some interesting tech moves in the news today, as Microsoft eyes a bid for Salesforce and IBM teams up with Facebook. Both Microsoft and IBM are scrambling to transform their companies and build new suites of services that can help their customers navigate the new tech industrial revolution. The stock market seems particularly impressed with Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s early moves.

But if Nadella wants a lesson in how badly things can go wrong in a merger, he may want to read the latest court filings from HP in its case against the former CEO and CFO of Autonomy, the company HP acquired for $10.3 billion in 2011. Ugly.

We had a visit yesterday from Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer, talking about her now three-year effort to resuscitate the early Internet icon. By all reports, she’s made remarkable progress transforming the company’s once-stultified culture — more than half its employees are new since she arrived — and improving its offerings on mobile devices. She’s not concerned that her company lags far behind Facebook in advertising on mobile devices. “Mobile is a big enough pie that you don’t have to be first,” she says.

Alan Murray


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