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Alta Vista's Death Makes the Yahoo! Stock Story More Interesting

Is ruthlessness and discipline a competitive advantage? Fool contributor Tim Beyers thinks so, and he's seeing more of it from Yahoo! (NASDAQ: YHOO  ) lately.

Look at how CEO Marissa Mayer has cut back not only on perks but also products, boosting shares of Yahoo! stock in the process. Count the Alta Vista search engine among the latest casualties. Once a pioneering piece of software for navigating the Internet, Digital Equipment, Alta Vista's creator, never saw fit to commercialize the product. Google (NASDAQ: GOOGL  ) would fill the vacuum and go on to become one of the world's most valuable companies.

Mayer is at least partially responsible for Google's rise. That she's brought the same focus and discipline to her new gig is a good sign for Yahoo! stock investors. Expect even more pruning and focus, Tim says in the following video.

Do you agree? What Yahoo! product would you cancel next? Leave a comment to let us know what you think of Mayer's strategy and whether you would buy, sell, or short Yahoo! stock now.

Your answer matters, because -- along with a handful of others -- Yahoo! plays a role in the radical technology shift some say forced the mighty Bill Gates into a premature retirement. Meanwhile, early in-the-know investors are already getting filthy rich off of it... by quietly investing in the three other companies that control the movement's fortune-making future. You've likely heard of one of them, but you've probably never heard of the other two.We're prepared to give you their names right now. Just click here to watch this shocking video presentation!

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  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2013, at 7:12 PM, aza400 wrote:

    I love the Yahoo story and I believe in Marissa. This is a turn around story bottom line. She knows what she is doing (proved it at Google) its been a year and she is making big changes. I have noticed I'm spending more time on Yahoo. Its cleaner the Answers section is fun and its just a good way to get the news. I really like it. That being said I really like Google also. I think Yahoo goes way higher from here. There wil only be a few big internet players in a few years and Yahoo will be one of them. I am loooong Yahoo!

  • Report this Comment On August 12, 2013, at 7:32 PM, jojopuppyfish wrote:

    Marissa has wasted over 1.6 billion dollars acquiring talent and has contributed nothing to the rise in Yahoo stock.

    Terry Semel should be the one getting all the praise for buying part of Alibaba and Yahoo Japan.

    Name one product that Marissa has brought to market that has created revenue for yahoo in the 1 year she has been at Yahoo.

  • Report this Comment On August 13, 2013, at 5:02 PM, earlyseller wrote:

    I have been a long term dissatisfied Yahoo! user in the Business/Finance service area. Today I can say I am getting more pleased at the providing of data and info in the company executive area that was "chintzy" missing for months & months. She, Marissa, may not have yet added a new product but getting the basics back is enuf for me to sell a Put or several this qtr.

    PS Private for Tim: Short YANO & Buy PAUS in your future video presentations.

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