Yahoo and the Online Universe According to Verizon
#Verizon Communications’ $4.83 billion acquisition of #Yahoo has the technology cognoscenti scratching their heads. What does Verizon, the country’s biggest wireless company, see in an internet also-ran? Fortune criticized “The Problem With Verizon-Yahoo.” #T-Mobile’s chief executive, John Legere, derided the deal as a “slippery slope.” The chief executive of #Sprint, Marcelo Claure, said that when telecommunications companies try to get into the content business, “history has proven that every single one of them has failed.” And there are reasons to think history might repeat itself. Yahoo will be merged with #AOL, another faded star of Web 1.0 that Verizon bought last year. These brands from yesterday are supposed to compete for the same advertising dollars that titans like #Google and #Facebook are devouring faster than ever.