EIC Squared: Microsoft's plans, Icahn's seat, Facebook Connect and more

On this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and I discuss the news of the week.

On this week's EIC Squared podcast, ZDNet Editor in Chief Larry Dignan and I discuss the news of the week. It was a big week for Microsoft, with several announcements and teases from its meeting in Seattle with financial analysts. Steve Ballmer is still bullish on the online space, but not on Yahoo. We also talk about Kevin Johnson's departure from Microsoft. (See coverage on the Microsoft financial analyst meeting from Ina Fried and Mary Jo Foley.)

We spend a few minutes debating the impact of Carl Icahn joining the Yahoo board and what it means for Jerry Yang's future. Larry thinks that Yang bought himself more time to turn things around. If so, he will need to speed up delivery on the Yahoo Open Strategy and build a social layer into Yahoo's collection of services.

Finally, we discuss the impact of Facebook Connect, which will let users access and feed their Facebook profiles and friends on any Web site. It's Facebook's way of extending its platform to embrace other services and get more data and pages flowing through its social portal.

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