We see your Larry Page-funded flying vehicle and raise you a fleet of flying Uber vehicles.
At least, that's how I picture it at a high-stakes, high-tech round of poker in Silicon Valley.
Just a day after Flying Kitty, the company funded by Alphabet (GOOGL) - Get Alphabet Inc. Class A Report co-founder and CEO Larry Page, announced its flying vehicle will be ready for purchase by year's end, Uber has its own plans.
Speaking at its Elevate event, a conference for the vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) industry, Uber said it plans to debut its results in 2020, at the World Expo in Dubai.
Uber, which refers to its plans as the Uber Elevate Network, has established several partnerships with companies within the VTOL space. While plans for its debut may be in Dubai, Uber also said it roll out the service in Dallas.
The takeoff and landing locations for this network are being referred to as "vertiports." The plan would allow for short, air-based travel around the city for customers looking to speed up their travels.
While it seems futuristic, it's really not too surprising, given what automakers are doing with autonomous vehicles and what Tesla's (TSLA) - Get Tesla Inc Report Elon Musk and Amazon's (AMZN) - Get Amazon.com, Inc. Report Jeff Bezos are doing with space.
Everyone loves Carpool Karaoke, right? I mean, who doesn't like seeing former First Lady Michelle Obama break down some Missy Elliott or Adele rap some Nicki Manaj with comedian James Corden?
Under Apple's control, the show was supposed to debut in April on Apple Music. But just days from launch, the company pushed back the launch date until "later this year." A reason for the delay was not provided.
Unfortunately for Apple, the new segments are being produced by Corden, but not hosted by him. Arguably, Corden was a big draw for the show, helping it to achieve a level of humor and charisma that many hosts may struggle to replicate.
Still, if successful, Carpool Karaoke is a natural fit for Apple if it's looking to become a player in the content business. The show revolves around celebrities and artists literally driving around with the host, talking and rocking out to music. That music could help spur sales on iTunes.
That is, when the show actually launches.
Shares of Apple closed at $144.53 Tuesday, up 0.6%.
If you were brought in to revitalize a business or a division within a company and largely failed to do so, what kind of compensation would you be entitled to? In most cases, employers wouldn't take issue with kicking an underperforming employee to the curb. For executives and high-level management though, it's a different story completely.
This isn't to say that Yahoo! (YHOO) CEO Marissa Mayer was a complete failure -- she wasn't -- but for the kind of money she received, a lot was to be expected.
Yes, one could argue that the stock rose considerably under her watch, climbing more than 200% since July 2012 when she took over as CEO. However, that was largely due to the prior management's stake in Alibaba (BABA) - Get Alibaba Group Holding Ltd. Sponsored ADR Report .
Earnings have been spotty and the company experienced two enormous security breaches. Display ad revenues have continued to decline and no amount of acquisitions helped its core business to a meaningful degree.
Still, that didn't stop Mayer from raking in some serious dough. According to reports, Mayer will make about $186 million in Yahoo!'s sale of core assets to Verizon (VZ) - Get Verizon Communications Inc. Report . According to those same reports, this does not include Mayer's previous salary or bonuses, which account for more than $200 million.
$386 million isn't a bad haul for five years work, spending big money on acquisitions and corporate parties and largely not accomplishing very little. It's also a bit of a slap in the face as Verizon's acquisition price fell from $4.83 billion to $4.48 billion after the data breaches were made public.
Shares of Yahoo! closed at $48.40, up 0.5%.
This article is commentary by an independent contributor. At the time of publication, the author held no positions in the stocks mentioned.