Yahoo takeover + more things

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Microsoft Could Help Finance a Yahoo Takeover | Vanity Fair – Despite the turmoil surrounding Yahoo, one tech giant has expressed its interest in maintaining relations with the struggling company. Microsoft has been in talks to finance bids – a Microsoft-financed Yahoo takeover is equivalent to burning a competitor down from the inside. More on Yahoo! here.

The dark web is too slow and annoying for terrorists to even bother with, experts say  – Terrorists are skulking around the dark web, the bit of the internet that can only be accessed by specific software, propagating messages of hate and extremism, right? Not really, according to data – technology is only good as it is useful. The dark web offers an uncertain amount of privacy. That and the poor user experience makes it unattractive

The sale of Boston Dynamics shows Alphabet is waking up to reality | ExtremeTech – so does this mean that Alphabet is just another blue-chip rather than a high growth stock?

What your car isn’t telling you about driving | Macleans – Driver’s ed, she says, needs to “talk about how to cope with it all.” – automakers we have a user experience proble and its only getting worse with the likes of Tesla getting involved

Daring Fireball: The Information: ‘Inside Tony Fadell’s Struggle to Build Nest’ – it’s like Fadell was channeling the inner demons of an early Steve Jobs. But the idea of Nest seems crazy, why does it need to be cloud based anyway. It seems like a very inefficient way of having a smart thermostat.

Online Media Relations as an Information Subsidy: Quality of Fortune 500 Companies’ Websites and Relationships to Media Salience | Mass Communications & Society – paywall PDF – I have been struggling to find efficacy data for online news rooms. The benefits of newsroom probably increase as the quality of journalistic analysis declines. It relies on companies being truthful and honest, given the Chinese US-listed firms.