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Yahoo will cut staff 10 percent or more; Q3 disappoints

Juan Carlos Perez | Oct. 22, 2008
Yahoo will lay off at least 10 percent of its global staff before the end of the year.

Yahoo has said that the Google deal represents an annual revenue opportunity of about US$800 million and that, in its first 12 months after implementation, the deal could give Yahoo between $250 million and $450 million in incremental operating cash flow.

Yahoo has a number of ambitious technology initiatives that its executives believe will put the company back on track. However, those projects, such as the Yahoo Open Strategy (Y OS) project, have a long term scope.

Y OS, announced in April, is a complex project to open Yahoo services up more broadly to outside developers and to create for end users a single dashboard to manage their Yahoo services and on-line activities in general.

Y OS is still in its early stages, and its initial components haven't all been particularly impressive, like last week's revamp of the Yahoo user profiles, which has been blasted by many people who don't like the changes.

Recent rumors have floated about a possible Yahoo-AOL merger. While that deal would give Yahoo a quick market share and revenue boost, industry experts are generally skeptical about whether it would fix Yahoo's problems.


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