Search News Desk

Worldwide server shipments might have been up 4.4% to 2.3 million units in the September quarter but revenues were down 5.4% to $12.7 billion according to Gartner. IDC's numbers aren't all that different. It hasn't been this bad since 2002 and IDC for one doesn't expect a rebound this ...
Good OS, who’s tight with Google and whose gOS Linux powered a $199 Everex PC that Wal-Mart sold last year, is wheeling out Cloud, a new browser operating system that reportedly boots up the Internet in seconds and can be used to toggle between Windows and a Linux OS on the same box. G...
For months now the former CEO of AOL Jonathan Miller has been looking for the money to buy Yahoo, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper was apparently inspired by the Times of London, which claimed over the weekend – in a story that the Journal trashed at “total fiction” – th...
CNET has reported a 24 percent increase in unique users year-over-year. The traffic increase comes two months after the launch of the CNET redesign, a complete evolution of the website that spanned everything from its logo, design, and navigation to the delivery of product reviews, tec...
Carl Icahn, the activist stockholder – and champion of the apparently futile “Microsoft Buys Yahoo” plan – who pushed his way onto the Yahoo board by dint of a threatened proxy fight, bought roughly 6.7 million shares of Yahoo the Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday before Thanksgiving....
According to the Times of London, Microsoft is in talks to acquire Yahoo's search business. The Wall Street Journal says the story is utter hokum. The British paper puts the price at $20 billion – although all of Yahoo was only worth $15.96 billion as of Friday. However, it says "senio...
With its Q3 sales down 3% and demand fearfully thin, Dell is tearing a page out of Microsoft's book and is going to offer U.S. businesses 0% financing. It's focusing on large corporations and institutions but some smaller shops should also qualify. Guess it's glad it decided to keep th...
Microsoft is open to a collaborative search deal with Yahoo, “very open” apparently, but CEO Steve Ballmer again nixed the thought of revisiting an acquisition, according to both the AP and Reuters. The AP quotes him as saying, “Let me be clear. We are done with all acquisition discuss...
Yahoo has confirmed that Jerry Yang will be stepping down as soon as the board can find a new CEO. Yahoo said the executive search has started. Yang, who botched a sale to Microsoft, saw his backup ad deal with Google trumped by the Justice Department and couldn’t put anything resembli...
"We all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO who can take the company to the next level," said Yahoo's Board of Directors in a statement today in which the BoD revealed that it has initiated a search for a new Chief Executive Officer for the company Yang...
Cassatt, the company started by BEA founder Bill Coleman, is redirecting its data center widgetry into creating internal clouds comparable to Amazon or Google out of infrastructure customers already have in-house. Coleman observed that most IT professionals aren’t comfortable outsourci...
Google, whose stock was worth $741 a share a year ago – and was touted as inevitably seeing $1,000 – hasn't been able to hold its head above $300 because of widespread fears of advertising collapsing. The stock slipped to a multi-year low today below $290, down ~7% in the midst of anot...
Achieving an effective disaster recovery solution has always been difficult and expensive. Often companies backup and/or mirror their data and software only to find that when forced to run them on hardware and network configurations altered by disaster, they don't always work.
Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang’s signal distinction right now is being the only man in the industry to have both Microsoft and Google, both potential partners, walk out on him – and in the space of only six months. That’s gotta be some kind of record. Jerry blames the United States Department of...
Please read the news story below filed today by my colleague Maureen O'Gara and think about the once-in-a-life-time lottery ticket this man had last February with Microsoft's acquisition offer, and then again through Carl Icahn's unasked-for help. He blew it and in my Wikipedia, this m...
Google Ad Planner now support search queries (surprise!) and geo-targeting, which means you can drill-down to specific states or metros (region or cities in geographies outside the US). You can also choose among three new ranking methods to display results from the sites you’re conside...
Who says the age of miracles is past? Sun, which loathes Microsoft, is going to distribute Microsoft’s search toolbar with its Java Runtime Environment. Nope, it’s not April fool’s. More like Sun and Microsoft slurping out of the Obama “change” cup. IE users who download the JRE will b...
Stodolnic brings more than 15 years of marketing experience at both start-ups and Fortune 1000 companies to help guide Hyperic's fast-paced growth. He has worked for successful technology companies during their early stages of development within the enterprise software and Software as ...
“We made an offer… We made another offer. It was clear that Yahoo didn’t want to sell the business to us and we moved on. We tried at one point to do a partnership around search, not an acquisition. And that didn’t work either, and we moved on… and they moved on… We are not interested ...
The Justice Department made it crystal clear this morning that if Google hadn’t abandoned its controversial ad deal with Yahoo the companies would have found themselves in court. The agency put out a statement from the head of its antitrust unit Thomas Barnett saying that Yahoo and Goo...
Under threat of a suit by the Justice Department Google this morning terminated its controversial, widely feared, revenue-sharing advertising agreement with Yahoo. Google lawyer David Drummond made this announcement on Google web site: “After four months of review, including discussion...
Yahoo and Google have reportedly revised their controversial advertising agreement to overcome Justice Department objections to the original deal. According to the Wall Street Journal, which got it from unidentified sources, over the weekend the pair agreed to cap the amount of revenue...
The Yahoo-Google negotiations with the US government are reportedly over. The Justice Department has supposedly had enough. The companies were told last Thursday to have their final proposal on how to structure their controversial revenue-sharing pact to prevent the DOJ from taking the...
The Wall Street Journal – which has big ears on the ground – said that Yahoo and Google could walk away from their revenue-sharing pact by the middle of next week unless a miracle happens and they come to terms with the Justice Department. The Deal reported last week that the deal was ...
Quoting an unidentified source, Reuters said Wednesday that Yahoo and AOL are looking at each other’s book to see where money could be saved or, God willing, made if they pair up although the Wall Street Journal, which pretty much said the same thing Tuesday, claims they going through ...
Yahoo’s net profits were down 64% in Q3 to $54.3 million, four cents a share. This time last year it realized $151.3 million, 11 cents a share. Revenues were up 1.1% to $1.79 billion, excluding TAC it was $1.325 billion, short of the $1.37 Wall Street estimated. US sales were up 7% and...
Google CEO Eric Schmidt, who missed out on being in Al Gore’s cabinet when Gore lost to Bush eight years ago, will campaign for Barack Obama starting with a panel on the economy Tuesday in Florida at which both will appear. Schmidt’s been an Obama advisor on technology and energy and d...
Atlanta-based TechOperators, a new early stage VC targeting cloud computing and SaaS as well as Internet services, security, infrastructure and mobile, is launching its first venture fund and claims it didn’t have too many problems raising the $20 million-$30 million. The four managing...
On another day of hysterically wild swings – when the stock market – as a proxy for the global economy – badly needed a comfort blanket – Google gave it one. It came in Thursday with Q3 net earnings of $1.56 billion, or $4.92 a share (non-GAAP), up 26%, on revenue of $4.04 billion less...
On another day of wild swings – when the stock market – as a proxy for the global economy – badly needed a comfort blanket – Google gave it one. It came in Thursday with Q3 net earnings of $1.56 billion, or $4.92 a share (non-GAAP), up 26%, on revenue of $4.04 billion, up 31%, after su...
When Yahoo rolled out of bed this morning its stock was at an abysmal $11.75. Then it lost another 40 cents in early trading as the market plummeted again. At lunch time, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer threw it a lifeline. On stage at Gartner’s gathering this week in Florida, Steve sugges...
They are now in early-stage negotiations with the regulators, the paper said, hoping to sidestep litigation. Google, in particular, has been publicly resistant to the idea of making any changes to the agreement, but concessions may be inevitable – unless of course Google decides to wal...
In a week of ludicrously large numbers beyond a normal human being's comprehension of what it will cost to barely survive the current economic catastrophe Google announced that - by its calculations - it will take $4.4 trillion to reduce America's dependence on fossil fuel by 88% by 20...
Zvents will use the proceeds to expand the reach of its local listings advertising network, which enables both local businesses and national chains to promote their locations with search-targeted events such as sales and weekly specials. Zvents will also further invest in expanding the...
Mithras Capital, an investment fund that, poor thing, owns 1.9 million shares of Yahoo, which amounts to a fractional percentage in the company, has suggested that Microsoft buy the joint for $22 a share, these days something like a 60% premium to its bombed-out stock price, then sell ...
Mithras Capital, an investment fund that, poor thing, owns 1.9 million shares of Yahoo, which amounts to a fractional percentage in the company, has suggested that Microsoft buy the joint for $22 a share, these days something like a 60% premium to its bombed-out stock price, then sell ...
Silverlight 2 advanced to Release Candidate 0 over the weekend. Microsoft underscores that it is only for testing and “should not be used for launching Silverlight 2 applications for the general public.” But final release, covering Windows and Mac, is thought to be imminent.
Yahoo’s life-saving revenue-enhancing alliance with Google, supposedly set to kick off in a week and substitute for a Microsoft buy-out, has been put on hold while antitrust regulators at the Department of Justice continue their investigation. The companies issued separate statements l...
These email spammers with fake gmail addresses are clearly breaking the law and I personally believe that they should be found and jailed. The last time I looked at my inbox I found more than 700 emails from these people who do not have real names, company websites or company emails. E...
As should come as no surprise, Microsoft is going to build an enterprise search R&D center in Norway around its Fast Search & Transfer acquisition. It says it will add 50 R&D workers to Fast’s 300 employees. It will be Microsoft’s third R&D center in Europe and part of Microsoft’s post...