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Was Yahoo's Tumblr acquisition a flop? — Is Starboard Value right about Tumblr? The activist hedge fund has stepped up its attack on Yahoo and its CEO Marissa Mayer, and it's not hard to see why. Following the initial public offering of the e-commerce company Alibaba , Yahoo netted $9.4 billion. It retains a stake worth approximately $32 billion in the Chinese company.
Oct 02, 2014

"Traffic at Tumblr has grown by about a third to 400 million monthly users since last year’s acquisition"…

Oct 02, 2014

Marissa Mayer may need to make a big acquisition (bigger than Tumblr) soon, via @FortuneMagazine

Warren Buffett makes himself a car guy — Planes, trains and automobiles-and Warren Buffett? Yes, that's a brand-new, would-you-believe-it combo. The planes are flown by Berkshire Hathaway's NetJets; the trains are run by its Burlington Northern Santa Fe; and today Buffett's company announced it has agreed to buy the fifth-largest owner of U.S. auto dealerships, Van Tuyl Group.
Oct 02, 2014

RT @FortuneMagazine: Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway has agreed to buy Van Tuyl Group, fifth-largest owner of U.S. auto dealerships

Why Marriott wants more diverse hotel owners — In 2009, the Biagas family made an investment that the faint of heart likely couldn't stomach. In the wake of the financial downturn, John and his siblings Mark, Randy and Evette (along with four other investors) put down $3.8 million to build their first Marriott-brand hotel in Lake Charles, Louisiana.

German tech IPOs languish after horrendous market timing — It was supposed to be a banner moment for Germany, with two hotly-anticipated IPOs breathing new-economy life into a fusty equity market still dominated by familiar old industrial names. Thanks for the carnage on Wall Street over the last couple of days, it hasn't quite panned out like that.
Oct 02, 2014

German IPOs Rocket Internet and Zalando languish as global market weakness overshadows debuts -

Victory for drag queens in their fight against Facebook — Chalk up a win for the drag queens in their fight against Facebook and its policy requiring that people use their real names on the service. The social networking giant said Wednesday that it will loosen its "real name" policy to let drag queens and others who use stage names to do so on the website.
Oct 02, 2014

Victory for drag queens in their fight against Facebook via @FortuneMagazine

Sheryl Sandberg's Ello contradiction — Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg is a phenomenal public speaker, as she showed again last night during a Fortune Brainstorm Tech interview in New York City. Smooth, funny, self-deprecating, funny and able to deftly sidestep thorny questions. So perhaps I'm just an incurable critic, but it was strange to hear her cognitive dissonance when asked about competition.
Oct 01, 2014

Sheryl Sandberg's contradiction: She's worried about social networking upstarts. But not Ello. Really?…

Stocks take a tumble amid fears of mounting global crises — Stocks fell across the board Wednesday as the year's final fiscal quarter opened to a market sell-off spurred by concerns over mounting global crises, including the first domestic case of Ebola, as well as the looming possibility of an interest rate hike.