This is going to sooner than later. Maybe not a sale specifically between Yahoo and Alibaba, but between China and the US. China has a number of investors with cash on hand interested in technology. There are also a number of tech companies who want to break into China.
I say, get this going! With the current economic climate, I can’t say I am at all surprised. I’m only surprised it has taken this long for China to pursue the big names to buy and invest in…
I am actually looking forward to all of the incidental conversations that will come from a big Alibaba-esque buy: What do we do with information? How is my aggregated information treated? How is my personal information treated? What does this do to China and the US, politically?
How many US C-level executives have spent significant time based in China in the recent past? Or India? It’s very few from what I’m familar with. This may have to be a future topic to research.
When you exclude just Facebook from the rest of the Web, consumption in terms of minutes of use shrank by nearly nine percent between March 2010 and March 2011, according to data from comScore. And, even when you include Facebook usage, total non-mobile Internet consumption still dropped three percent over the same period.
We’ve known that social is growing lightning fast — notably, Facebook consumption, which grew by 69 percent — but now it’s clear that Facebook is not growing in addition to the Web. Rather, it’s actually taking consumption away from the publishers who compete on the rest of the Web.
Someday (when it’s too late) the huge publishers will start to realize ‘big blue’ got them. (I still spend more of my time on Tumblr or Twitter, though…would love to see where Twitter falls in all of this.)
The proportion of people who access the Internet only through mobile devices will grow from 14 million in 2010 to 788 million by 2015. Meanwhile, the number of smartphones will rise from about 500 million today to 2.5 billion.
788 million by 2015! FTW!