The human understanding is no dry light, but receives an infusion from the will and affections; whence proceed sciences which may be called “sciences as one would.” For what a man had rather were true he more readily believes. Therefore he rejects difficult things from impatience of research; sober things, because they narrow hope; the deeper things of nature, from superstition; the light of experience, from arrogance and pride, lest his mind should seem to be occupied with things mean and transitory; things not commonly believed, out of deference to the opinion of the vulgar. Numberless in short are the ways, and sometimes imperceptible, in which the affections colour and infect the understanding.
Francis Bacon, Novum Organon (1620)
I wonder if there's any correlation between those reinventions and the level of bullshit in the world.
They want the patents, the user data, and the stake in Alibaba.
Still vastly overpriced when you consider that the bulk of the user data is available for a hell of a lot less on the darknet (and not so darknet), so any exclusivity you might have had to it is long gone - anyone else who wants the data can have it well - and it's anyone's guess how many accounts are still truly active. There's also the general push back against tech-patents that don't involve actual tangible innovations (e.g. most - if not all - of the Yahoo! portfolio) and how much you generally need to spend on lawyers to leverage any patent assets you may have. Even you manage to successfully navigate the minefield of prior-art, amicus briefs opposing your claims, and convince a jury who quite probably has no real idea what anyone is talking about, there's still no guarantee the judge will award the massive damages you are hoping for, and the process can takes years of bad PR too - see Oracle vs. Google and (of course) SCO vs. The World.
The Alibaba stock is definitely worth something though, but in that case Verizon might actually be better off just using some third parties to buy up Alibaba shares on the open market rather than going the the pains of a trying to pick over Yahoo!'s carcass for any remaining scraps of fat and gristle that might still have a tiny bit of residual value. It's surely not going to be too long before Yahoo! would be forced to start selling off assets to keep the lights on anyway, and since the only real asset it has that it can sell is its stake in Alibaba...
"Can't you just gesture hypnotically and make him disappear?" "It does not work that way. RUN!" -- Hadji on metaphyics and Mandrake in "Johnny Quest"