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Yahoo’s Lifeblood Flowing Away
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Yahoo’s Lifeblood Flowing Away
The beginning of the week Yahoo was trading around $18.75, below the $19.18 it was at on January 31 right before Microsoft entered the scene with its $31-a-share bid. The pundits said that was a five-year low. On Thursday, a really lousy day generally, it dipped to $17.80.

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Egenera To ‘PAN’ VMware
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With capacity-on-demand, users can automatically deploy ESX hosts onto bare metal, an answer to the so-called over-utilization that can adversely affect virtual machine performance.

New ESX hosts should be able to automatically register to VirtualCenter as part of the resource pool, while underutilized ESX hosts can be automatically powered off to reduce energy consumption.

And VMware features like Distributed Resource Scheduling (DRS) and High Availability (HA) will rebalance virtual machine workloads within the changed environment.

Do Regulators Matter in the Google-Yahoo Deal?
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Oracle Finally Names a CFO
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