In a conference call, Thompson said it is too early to offer details on how he intends to revive Yahoo’s revenue growth. But he indicated that one of the keys to success will be Yahoo’s ability to decipher the information that it gathers on the preferences of its 700 million users so it can help advertisers target their commercial pitches.
“Diving into the data, we are going to find ways to compete and innovate in ways the world hasn’t seen yet,” he said.
EBay CEO John Donahoe said in a companywide email Wednesday: “There is one thing I am certain of: PayPal has an enormous opportunity in front of it and we will not slow down. We will not miss a beat.”
Investors weren’t as certain. EBay stock fell $1.18, or nearly 4 percent, to close at $30.16.
Those figures are likely to emerge in a regulatory filing in the next few days.