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Nathan Weinberg writes the popular InsideGoogle blog, offering the latest news and insights about Google and search engines.

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Microsoft Is Done Pursuing Yahoo!

Microsoft announced it will not be going forward with its plan to buy Yahoo, after it was clear the two sides could not agree on a price, and Steve Ballmer elected not to risk his entire career on the deal.

Here are some links about the news:

Yahoo To Launch Digg Competitor

Valleywag is reporting that Yahoo is planning on launching Yahoo Buzz, a social news site that will rank news based on popular search results and user voting. Buzz will be designed to compete with Digg, which is all well and good, except that it will have a particularly nauseating twist: Only sites that run Yahoo Publisher Network ads will be shown on the site.

Valentine

Google is running this special Doodle logo for Valentine’s Day:

That’s actually pretty sweet. Last year’s Doodle was a mess, with a lot of sites reporting that Google had forgotten the “l” in Google:

Here’s the 2005 Valentine’s logo:

Valentine

Google is running this special Doodle logo for Valentine’s Day:

That’s actually pretty sweet. Last year’s Doodle was a mess, with a lot of sites reporting that Google had forgotten the “l” in Google:

Here’s the 2005 Valentine’s logo:

Valentine

Google is running this special Doodle logo for Valentine’s Day:

That’s actually pretty sweet. Last year’s Doodle was a mess, with a lot of sites reporting that Google had forgotten the “l” in Google:

Here’s the 2005 Valentine’s logo:

Valentine

Google is running this special Doodle logo for Valentine’s Day:

That’s actually pretty sweet. Last year’s Doodle was a mess, with a lot of sites reporting that Google had forgotten the “l” in Google:

Here’s the 2005 Valentine’s logo:

MSN Direct For Windows Mobile Smartphones Launched

Microsoft has made available software for Windows Mobile Smartphones that gives free access to news and weather information, thanks to its MSN Direct network. Any Smartphone (that’s a phone running Windows Mobile 5.0 Smartphone or Windows Mobile 6 Standard) can pick up the download at phone.msndirect.com.

A Look at Visitor Stats for Microsoft and Yahoo

Hitwise has a look at the visitor statistics for Yahoo and Microsoft’s websites, showing just how much market share in the United States the combined company would have.

Total market share for all Yahoo is 13.2% of all of U.S. internet traffic, with MSN having just 2.4% and Google 7.7% Combined, they would have 15.6%, over twice as much as Google.

Yahoo and Microsoft Overlap

Do you really have any idea how big Yahoo is, or hell, how big MSN is?

There’s a lot of overlap between the two, and Long Zheng & Josh Philips have been kind enough to generate a nice chart to show the two. The chart is reproduced below, with some notes added by me regarding what I think about which service will be rolled into the other.

Microsoft Picks Up Linden

Microsoft has picked up Greg Linden, one of my favorite geeks and the guy who created Findory and Amazon.com’s recommendation engine. Greg’s biggest strength comes in the form of personalized services, as both at Amazon and Findory he designed websites that learned from user behavior and improved what was shown to the user in extremely effective ways, first with books, then with news and blogs.

Microsoft: We Love the Yahoo Brand

Microsoft, in its conference call Friday regarding the Yahoo offer, said that “We love the Yahoo brand”, when asked about what would happen to MSN and Windows Live.

Where Will Yahoo Employees Fit at Microsoft?

While the big deal in the Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo is the money and market share changing hands, there are plenty of Microsofties who are wondering which Yahoo employees will become their co-workers, their bosses, and their replacements.

Microsoft’s Earnings, Enough to Buy Yahoo

I missed Microsoft’s earnings release last week (I was on a flight back from my vacation), so here’s a look back. Microsoft’s revenue for its second quarter were up 30% to $16.37 billion, and profit was up 92% to $6.48 billion.

Microsoft Employee Blogs Windows Seven Details

Windows Seven is the first version of Windows being produced under an attempted veil of secrecy, which makes any information about it extremely hard to come by.

Helping us get even the barest of morsels is Shipping Seven, a new blog by a secret Microsoft employee, who won’t reveal his name or any major unannounced information (fearful of The Wrath of Sinofsky), but will give us a peek into the innerworkings of Microsoft’s most important project.

MSN Direct Featured on New Garmin GPS

Garmin announced at CES its new nüvi 780 GPS unit, which will integrate Microsoft’s MSN Direct service.

Google Gets Serious About 411

Thomsom, maker of GE-branded telephones, has teamed up with Google to release a number of GE phones with a prominent GOOG-411 button above the keypad.

Pressing the button will call Google’s toll free voice controlled business search service.

Microsoft Announces New Version of Origami Experience for UMPCs

Microsoft announced version 2 of its Origami Experience software, the software designed to make it easier to use Windows on Ultra Mobile PCs.

New Version of Green OS Released

Release 2.0 of gOS, the Green Operating System some people call a Google OS, has been released as a free download.

Bill Gates Rocks Out with Slash at CES

Bill Gates talked about how this was his last CES keynote, and his last year at Microsoft.

Top Google Adwords Buyers Get Flip Camcorder
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While the rest of us were stuck with a cheap 1-gig USB card, Google’s top AdWords advertisers and search engine marketing agencies received the Flip Video Ultra Series Camcorder.

This is a pocket video camcorder with 1-gigabyte of internal storage and a 1.5-inch LCD screen. The camera costs $115 at Amazon, so it’s a pretty sweet gift, showing how much Google appreciates their business.

Google’s End of the Year Zeitgeist

If you’re wondering what was popular in 2007, check out Google’s Zeitgeist for the year, where they list the fastest rising searches of the past 12 months.

Time to Install Service Packs!

I just spent the entire day distracted by Windows Vista Service Pack 1, namely not getting any real work done while my computer was busy installing it. You should install SP1, too, just be aware of the time it might take.

Bill Gates on Innovation

Bill Gates met with some bloggers Tuesday, and Jonathan Snook decided to go at him with the age-old question about whether Microsoft is an innovator, or a bullying copycat.

Google Mobile Updater for Blackberry Released

Google has released the Google Mobile Updater for the Blackberry, a small bit of software that keeps an eye on Google applications and helps you install updates to them as necessary.