OK, this may be a stretch. While Facebook provides one single major utility for Apple to work with, Yahoo is a messy portal of products. But it has a search engine, supported by Microsoft Bing, that Apple could use to battle Google. Jobs may be the guy to whip the company into shape, something current Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and previous leader Jerry Yang failed to do. Turning Yahoo around would be the biggest feat in high-tech history since, well, Jobs revived Apple.
Yes, the game maker. Imagine the marriage of EA’s games with the iPhone and iPad. That would pair awesome content with awesome consumer gadgets. Kaufman analyst Shaw Wu gets this hat tip.
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8Digg Needs a Turnaround
For the same reason that Yahoo needs a turnaround fast and a leader who can provide it, Digg is hurting. Co-founder Kevin Rose admitted his team rushed out the new social features, and now users are in revolt. Jobs can lift the company and perhaps build out a serious social network. In case Facebook cost too much or CEO Mark Zuckerberg wouldn’t sell, of course.
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This is interesting for a number of reasons. It would be cheaper than EA and would help Apple build out its cloud Web services after LaLa. Imagine tighter integrations between Zynga on the iPhone and iPad. Of course, there is the $100 million investment in Zynga from Google to worry about, but taking Zynga out of play from Google could provide a big boost for Apple in the mobile Web war.
Let’s come back to earth a bit. With the iPhone becoming a more prevalent part of the enterprise worker, Apple could use some mobile device management software expertise. With Sybase picked up by SAP, Apple might be able to pry Good Technology from its owner Visto. Interestingly, Good was previously owned by Apple rival Motorola, whose Android smartphones are giving the iPhone a run for its money.