Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 29th May 2011 21:29 UTC, submitted by teigetje
Microsoft It turns out that a lot of people haven't been paying attention. Over the weekend, a story about how Microsoft is earning more from HTC's Android devices than from its own Windows Phone 7 sales spread all across the web, with surprised reactions everywhere. Anyone who has been paying attention to Microsoft's recent patent trolling regarding Android could've seen this coming.
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"This is closer to the truth. But there is a conflict there. Shareholders wants quick profits while the board also have to look at what happens to the company in the long run."

I agree that there is a tendency for short term thinking. But, the board are hired by shareholders to work for them.

"Example: Microsoft wanted to buy yahoo. It would have been a quick win for the shareholders, but yahoo themselves felt that in the long run it was smarter not to sell."

Well, if I remember, it was Yang specifically acting as CEO who made the decision not to sell. And I think he let his personal pride get in the way. Shareholders could have fired Yang immediately, but he was himself a pretty large shareholder and carried a lot of pull.

"A filing from April 2009 shows that Yang had 33.6+ million shares in indirect ownership of Yahoo!"

"Those in charge aren't in jail today, so I will have to assume that they didn't break any laws by not giving the shareholders the quick profit they wanted."

I doubt he broke any laws, but he did loose his job and probably his career (not that he really needs a job now-a-days).

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