Silly corporate moves are never in short supply. Let's take a look at five that may make your head spin.
1. Tiles for miles and miles
Hasbro can't seem to catch a break. When it went after Scrabulous litigiously, fans of the popular Facebook rip-off threatened to boycott the toy company. Now it's going after Scrabulous competitively, and it's coming up short.
I wonder how long it would take for me to find a programmer to code up unauthorized versions of other Hasbro hits like Monopoly, Operation, and even a virtual Mr. Potato Head.
2. Yahoo! for a double word score
The Microhoo saga began a new chapter this week. Carl Icahn and Microsoft
Yahoo! had the gall to respond with this gem:
"We feel very strongly that this would not lead to an outcome that would be in the best interests of Yahoo!'s stockholders," reads the response. Really, Yahoo!? If we're looking at the same chart, the only times that the stock has shown signs of life is when Microsoft comes a-knocking.
3. Virtually there
Virtualization software leader VMware
4. The upside of zero
Troubled lender IndyMac
Then again, IndyMac is dramatically slashing its workforce and no longer accepting certain loan submissions. I guess the best thing about being slapped with a $0 price target is that the analyst's next move -- if there is one -- can only be upwards.
5. Losing the hyphen
In other words, it's promising to refrain from something that it can't do anyway. That's like me saying that I won't beat LeBron James in a little 1-on-1 basketball until Aug. 21. There's a good chance that EA will win some more Take-Two support by next week's tender deadline, given the recent dip in Take-Two's stock, but the restraint is laughable at this point.
Let's beat the dumb drum: