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YouTube Forms New Content ID Partnerships

YouTube has announced several new partnerships with broadcast video delivery and management companies – Harmonic, Telestream, and Digital Rapids. YouTube says these partnerships will make it possible for many media companies to provide them with reference files for their content at about the same time it is being produced.

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Ask Introduces New Deal Feature has added a new feature to its search engine homepage designed to help online shoppers find the best deals on the Web.

The IAC owned property has introduced "Ask Deals," a proprietary database of more than 1 million savings offers from national and local retailers across hundreds of product categories.

The Ask homepage now features a new tab labeled "Deals" for users who only want to view the best offers online. The Ask Deals database is continuously updated to provide users with the most current savings offers.

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Scripps Forms Partnership With How-To-Video Site

Scripps Networks has partnered with how-to-video site 5min on a content and advertising agreement.

Under the agreement, Scripps whose properties include HGTV and the Food Network, will syndicate its video on 5min. Scripps will also sell advertising on 5min home and food categories. Additionally, 5min will provide videos from its library to Scripps online properties.

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Washington Post And Bloomberg To Launch News Service

The Washington Post and Bloomberg are partnering to launch "The Washington Post News Service with Bloomberg News" which will provide content to newspapers, websites and other subscribers.

The move comes a day after the Post ended its partnership with the Tribune’s Los Angeles Times.

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Warner Music Videos Returning To YouTube

YouTube and Warner Music have kissed and made up, according to new reports.  Or at least, Warner has agreed to make its music video catalog available through YouTube again, and the two organizations have reached a deal concerning how they’ll share revenue.

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Yahoo7 Acquires Major Travel Site

The company that represents a 50-50 partnership between Yahoo and the Seven Network Limited, which is one of Australia’s largest media groups, is on the move.  Yahoo7 acquired for perhaps about $17 million.

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eBay’s Donahoe Prepared To Spin Off PayPal

Despite being on the job for less than six months, new-ish president and CEO of eBay John Donahoe certainly isn’t afraid to make changes.  Even as obstacle after obstacle pops up to interfere with the sale of Skype, Donahoe announced that he often considers parting with PayPal.

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Schmidt Forecasts Monthly Acquisitions

Eric Schmidt has laid out a good news/bad news scenario for people who would like to become part of Google.  On the one hand, he intends to acquire about one small company per month.  On the other, it sounds like most of Google’s "now hiring" signs are going to remain in storage. 

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Sun Losing $100 Million a Month as Oracle Waits

Sun Microsystems is losing about $100 million a month according to Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, the company that’s set to acquire Sun. Oracle is waiting to get clearance from European regulators before the deal can go through and Oracle can step in and try to put an end to this loss.

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$350M-$500M Price Tag For Yahoo Small Business

Yahoo Small Business isn’t going to sell for a particularly tiny sum if Yahoo has its way.  A fresh report indicates that Yahoo, which has been trying to unload the unit for some time now, would like to receive around $500 million by way of payment.

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Yahoo May Dispose Of Zimbra

To most people and companies, a $350 million purchase would represent a huge, long-lasting commitment.  Yahoo, on the other hand, apparently wants out of its ownership of Zimbra after a period of two years.

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Google Acquires CAPTCHA Company

Google announced today that it has acquired reCAPTCHA, a company that provides CAPTCHAs to over 100,000 sites around the web.

Perhaps you’re thinking that Google was inspired by a patent recently granted to Microsoft for advertising via the CAPTCHA. Maybe Google will be the first to offer AdWords in CAPTCHAs. Maybe "relevant" CAPTCHA text.

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Google May Buy Brightcove For $700 Million

Google’s getting grabby.  The evidence: on his blog last night, Matt Cutts invited Yahoo engineers to come work for the search giant.  This afternoon, Google announced its acquisition of reCAPTCHA.  And now, there’s word that Google is attempting to buy Brightcove, too.

Brightcove is an online video platform with over 200 partners.  The companies it has ties to include powerful ones like Adobe, AOL, comScore, Nielsen, and OgilvyInteractive.  Plus Google.

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Adobe Seeks to Expand its Analytics Horizons

Omniture, one of the biggest names in web analytics, is being acquired by Adobe, in a transaction valued at $1.8 billion. Adobe will commence a tender offer to acquire all Ominture outstanding stock for $21.50 per share in cash.

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Don’t Lose Yahoo Traffic By Not Optimizing for Bing

As you’re probably aware, the plan for the deal between Microsoft and Yahoo that dominated many of the headlines this summer, is for Bing to take over Yahoo search, in terms of algorithmic ranking. Basically, Bing will handle the back-end, while Yahoo will handle the front-end design of the new Yahoo Search. That should be happening next year sometime.

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Nokia Acquires Social Networking Site

Nokia announced today that it has acquired "certain assets" of Plum, a privately held company.

Plum’s tagline is "making websites social," and the company says it helps websites become social by powering Groups in the Travel, Education, Entertainment, Publishing and Not-for-Profit sectors.

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Schmidt: Google Serious About Acquisitions Again

About a month ago – and after a longish period of quiet – Google arranged to acquire video compression specialist On2 for $106.5 million.  More deals may be on the way, as well, since Eric Schmidt implied this week that the search and advertising giant’s only getting started.

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Chrome To Come Aboard Sony Computers

People who buy new Sony computers may now get an introduction to Google Chrome as part of the deal.  Google and Sony have sealed a deal that will see Chrome preinstalled on some Sony products. 

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eBay Sells Skype, Which is Worth $2.75 Billion

Update: The announcement has been made. Some details from the press release:

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CBS Sports And Enter Into Content Agreement

CBS Interactive and Sports Illustrated have entered into a content sharing agreement focused on high school sports, which will include print and online elements.

CBS’high school sports site, will be featured on’s high school section and it will also be integrated with Sports Illustrated Faces in the Crowd section in both print and online. In addition Sports Illustrated writers, including David Feherty and Seth Davis, will be syndicated on

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UK Yahoo Portal Switches to Google, Not Bing

UK site Connected Internet this week found that BT Yahoo, which is an online portal for BT Broadband users, and is run by Yahoo, is using Google Search now, rather than Yahoo search, which has been in place.

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Acquisition Rumors (Re)surround Facebook

Facebook might soon be involved in another acquisition.  New analyses/rumors are swirling, anyway, with one person suggesting that Facebook should be bought, and another indicating that the social networking company could extend an offer to a smaller firm.

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Yahoo to Launch Arabic Versions of its Properties

Yahoo has announced its intent to acquire, an Arab portal that reaches one in every three people online in its region. That accounts for about 16.5 million people. Yahoo says this is its largest geographic expansion in years.

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Is the Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Anti-competitive?

That Microsoft-Yahoo deal that has been so heavily anticipated since even way before it was announced may not go through as planned. At least that’s what one antitrust lawyer thinks.

Matthew Cantor, a partner with the firm Constantine Cannon LLP, told ComputerWorld that he believes the deal will not get past regulators – at least not as is.

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Biz Stone Talks Commercial Accounts, Acquisitions

Commercial accounts are still on the way at Twitter.  Although, in a recent interview, cofounder Biz Stone declined to share specific launch dates (think "this year"), he did at least reconfirm this fact and hint at a few details and other moves.

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MySpace CEO Discusses iLike Acquisition

Early Monday, we reported that MySpace intended to acquire iLike.  This afternoon, during a press conference call, MySpace’s CEO, Owen Van Natta, confirmed the deal and discussed a few details.

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MySpace May Acquire iLike For $20M

MySpace has been doing rather well on the music front in recent days; this month, it’s debuted a Heath Ledger-directed music video and some Pearl Jam songs.  The site may soon chalk up another win, too, as one report indicates it’s about to make a significant acquisition.

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On2 Shareholders File Lawsuits To Stop Google Deal

On2’s shareholders – or at least a vocal subgroup of them – are not at all happy about the planned Google acquisition.  Two lawsuits have been filed to stop the deal, with both complaints alleging that On2 more or less served itself on a silver platter.

Google offered to acquire On2 for 60 cents per share (or $106.5 million in all), which represented a 57 percent premium over On2’s closing price the day before.  However, the day after the acquisition was announced, On2 gave its best quarterly financial report in over a year, which made the deal look less sweet. 

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Microsoft And Nokia Strike Mobile Deal

Microsoft and Nokia announced an alliance on Wednesday to make Microsoft Office software available on Nokia’s Symbian devices.

The software and cell phone companies said Nokia will start offering Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile on its smartphones next year, followed by other Office applications and related software and services in the future.

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Facebook Acquires FriendFeed

Facebook just announced that it is acquiring FriendFeed. All FriendFeed employees will join Facebook and FriendFeed’s four founders will keep their senior roles on Facebook’s engineering and product teams.

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Microsoft Arranges To Sell Razorfish

Before the end of the year, Microsoft should finally be rid of Razorfish.  The digital marketing agency, which Microsoft picked up during its 2007 acquisition of aQuantive, is due to become part of the Publicis Groupe in exchange for $530 million and an advertising-related promise. 

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WebMediaBrands (formerly JupiterMedia) has just announced that it is selling for $18 million to QuinStreet Inc. QuinStreet calls itself the leader in online performance-based vertical marketing.

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Google Radio Automation Officially Sold

WideOrbit announced today that it has acquired Google’s Radio Automation business, which includes Google Radio Automation, Maestro, and SS32 automation products. This has been known to be coming, but was made official today.

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More Details of Yahoo Microsoft Deal Emerge

A filing with the SEC has now unveiled further details into the Microsoft Yahoo deal. Among the items revealed is the fact that Microsoft will be getting some Yahoo employees. As part of the transition plan, the filing says:

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Is Google Really Threatened By This Yahoo Microsoft Deal?

Are you tired of reading about the Microsoft Yahoo deal yet? Obviously not or you wouldn’t be reading this. There has been a whole lot of coverage to digest, and there will certainly be a whole lot more as the deal gets scrutinized and continues its journey to fruition.

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Yahoo Having A Horrible Day On The Stock Market

According to a statement Carol Bartz issued this morning, the new Yahoo-Microsoft deal "comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo, our users, and the industry."  But a significant number of Yahoo’s (former) investors apparently didn’t believe that line, and have sent the company’s stock into something of a tailspin. 

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Microsoft and Yahoo Finally Announce Deal

Well, they’ve finally gone and done it. Microsoft and Yahoo have partnered to "change the search landscape." The two companies today announced a long-awaited deal, in which Microsoft will power Yahoo search while Yahoo will become the exclusive  search advertising provider for Microsoft’s search engine, Bing.

You know this history by now. Here’s what the companies have to say:

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Online video company has announced distribution partnerships with YouTube, Vimeo, NBC Local Media New York and Roku, makers of the Roku digital video player.

The new partnership with YouTube allows shows creators to send content to YouTube. will also serve its own ads on shows syndicated on YouTube sharing revenue with creators after giving YouTube a slice of the ad profit.

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Time Warner Reclaims Google’s Stake In AOL

Google may be great at search, advertising, and a lot of other things, but its investment strategies could apparently use some work.  Time Warner has bought back Google’s five percent stake in AOL – for which the search giant paid $1 billion in 2003 – for a mere $283 million.

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Yahoo Might Part With Games Property

Yahoo may be willing to part with more than we originally imagined in its search for extra cash.  A new report indicates that Yahoo Games could change hands if a large enough offer gets made.

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Amazon In Book Printing Deal With University Of Michigan is partnering with the University of Michigan to reprint 400,000 titles that are no longer under copyright protection or are out of print.

Amazon’s BookSurge unit will print and bind the books in soft cover and they will be available on the site for $10 to $45 depending on the length.

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Yahoo Lines Up One Purchase, Two Sales

Yahoo’s seen a lot of activity on the personnel front in recent months; loads of employees have quit or been laid off, even as few new ones have joined the team.  Now, the corporation-level equivalent of this exchange seems to be taking place, as reports indicate that Yahoo’s acquired one company and is trying to sell two properties.

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Carl Icahn Comes Out In Favor Of Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

The man who once seemed set to single-handedly force a Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition – and then settled for three seats on Yahoo’s board of directors, instead – is at it again.  Carl Icahn’s spoken in favor of a search partnership between the two companies. 

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Hitwise Finds Bing, Yahoo To Be A Good Match

If the latest reports and rumors are true, Microsoft and Yahoo are (once again) about to enter a partnership.  So this afternoon, Hitwise’s Bill Tancer looked at whether they’ll make more of a natural fit or an odd couple.

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Microsoft, Yahoo Search Deal Likely

Microsoft and Yahoo are close to reaching a deal on search and online advertising after more than a year and a half of negotiations.

A number of reports have surfaced indicating a Microsoft partnership with Yahoo on search is "imminent."

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Rumor Puts The Onion In Acquisition Talks

The operation known as "America’s Finest News Source" might soon belong to the highest bidder.  A fresh report indicates that The Onion, which has been churning out satirical articles since 1988, could be up for sale.

Ryan Tate wrote, "A tipster says word out of the publication is that it’s in negotiations to sell to a large media company.  It’s not clear how far apart the two sides are; we’re not assuming any deal is imminent."

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BingTweets Brings Bing, Twitter Together

Earlier this month, Bing began to return certain celebrities’ most recent tweets on its main results pages.  Now, a side project has taken the real-time search integration much further, with BingTweets turning up all sorts of Twitter-related info together with a more standard set of search results.

BingTweets, which is in beta, is a result of a partnership between Bing, Federated Media, and Twitter.  The most interesting thing about it is that users can see a constantly-growing list of tweets in which their query term features.

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Intel Apparently A Google Chrome OS Partner, Too

Yesterday, we reported that nine companies had partnered with Google to help develop Google Chrome OS.  This article may be a little short on names by comparison, but it seems important to note that Intel, the chipmaker with a market cap of about $90 billion, is also on the team. 

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MySpace, Bebo Not For Sale

It looks like two significant social networks aren’t going to change hands anytime soon.  Executives representing News Corp and AOL have, with different degrees of forcefulness, expressed their intentions to retain possession of MySpace and Bebo, respectively. 

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Third-Party Twitter Business Platform Raises $1.1 Million

CoTweet is a Twitter app, which is described as a real-time business collaboration platform for Twitter. It has also just raised $1.1 million in venture funding.

The funding comes from Baseline Ventures, Founders Fund, First Round Capital, SV Angel, Maples Investments and Freestyle Capital. CoTweet is used by brands like Whole Foods, Starbucks, Microsoft, JetBlue, Ford, Pepsi, Sprint, and Coca-Cola.

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Google Shares More Chrome OS Details

The initial announcement about Google Chrome OS was, while exciting, extremely lacking in details.  Now, Google’s decided to share a bit more info, and the facts paint an interesting picture about the state of the operating system’s development. 

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Marc Andreessen & Ben Horowitz Look for Investments

Marc Andreessen and Ben Horowitz have started a new venture capital firm called (appropriately) Andreessen Horowitz.

Andreessen serves on the boards of both eBay and Facebook, and is a chairman of the board of Ning, which he also co-founded. His biggest claim to fame was co-founding Netscape.

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Microsoft Seeks Buyer Of Razorfish

Microsoft has put its online digital ad agency Razorfish up for sale and has hired Morgan Stanley to help find a potential buyer.

French marketing company Publicis Groupe, which is planning more acquisitions focused in online advertising, is thought to be a possible buyer of Razorfish, according to the Financial Times.

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Google and Egypt Ink $10 Million Deal

Google and the Egyptian Ministry of Communications and Information Technology have signed a $10 million contract regarding business and workforce development in Egypt. Egyptian Minister of CIT, Dr. Tarek Kamel came to Washington D.C. this week with the goal of reinforcing bilateral relations between Egypt and the US, a representative for the Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA) tells WebProNews.

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Ballmer Mentions Yahoo Partnership For Umpteenth Time

First off: yes, at this point, we’re all ready to slap Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz with a fish every time they talk about a partnership or acquisition.  Just the same, millions of dollars are at stake, so it seems important to acknowledge that Ballmer’s once again said he’s open to a deal. 

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Time Warner, Comcast To Offer Shows Online

Time Warner has partnered with Comcast to offer some of its television shows online for paying TV subscribers, while making it more difficult for non-subscribers to get access to programs for free.

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Yahoo Goes Into Garage Sale Mode

Sometimes you just want to get rid of stuff, and Yahoo seems to be in that mindset right now.  Yesterday, the Sunnyvale-based company arranged to exchange one domain for a little bit of money and also decided to simply shut down another project.

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eBay Completes Tender Offer for Gmarket

Today eBay announced the completion of a tender offer for all outstanding common shares and American Depositary Shares (ADSs) of Gmarket. Back in April, eBay announced that it was spending $1.2 billion to acquire those shares.

Gmarket is known as Korea’s leading eCommerce business, and it will apparently be combined with eBay’s existing online marketplace in Korea, Internet Auction Company.

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AOL Buys Two Local Online Media Companies

AOL has acquired two local online media companies Patch Media Corp. and Going Inc. in an effort to further build on its current local network.

Patch is a local news platform focused on smaller towns and Going is a local platform for people to find and share information about things to do in a number of cites.

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Schmidt Confirms Interest In Acquisitions

It’s been a little while since we’ve had a nice, juicy takeover story to follow, right?  Well, Google might make a move and fill the void, as its CEO, Eric Schmidt, announced during an interview that he’s on the hunt again. 

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Intel Invests $884 Million in Mobile

Intel has announced today that it is acquiring software-maker Wind River Systems for $884 million. Wind River makes embedded devices.

Embedded systems and mobile devices include smart phones, mobile Internet devices, other consumer electronics (CE) devices, in-car "info-tainment" systems and other automotive areas, networking equipment, aerospace and defense, energy and thousands of other devices.

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Disney Online Completes Purchase Of Kaboose

Disney Online announced today that it has completed its purchase of Internet assets of Toronto-based Kaboose Inc. for $18.4 million.

The websites include,, and, among others. The acquisition has led to the creation of a new group of properties, the Disney Online Mom and Family Portfolio, which will be led by Emily Smith, vice president, Disney Online.

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Sony To Offer eMusic Its Older Catalog

Sony Music Entertainment has struck a deal with eMusic to sell songs from Sony Music’s back catalog on the eMusic website.

Sony Music is the first of the four major labels to reach an agreement with eMusic to sell songs.

Beginning in the third quarter, eMusic will offer its U.S. subscribers classic recordings from all Sony Music labels, such as Arista, Columbia, Epic, Jive, LaFace and RCA. Artists include Billy Joel, Bruce Springsteen, The Clash, Leonard Cohen and Outkast.

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Time Warner Plans For AOL Spinoff

Time Warner said Thursday that its board is moving ahead with plans to separate its AOL division and make it an independent, publicly traded company.

"We believe that a separation will be the best outcome for both Time Warner and AOL," said Jeff Bewkes, Time Warner Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.

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Yahoo Shopping For Social Media Companies

One could argue that Yahoo’s not good at making friends; its recent interactions with Microsoft and absence from several "most trusted companies" lists (lists that named Google, mind you) represent decent evidence of this.  So now, Yahoo almost appears ready to just pay for pals as one exec expressed an interest in buying "social" firms. 

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YouTube and ESPN Form a New Bond

YouTube and ESPN have entered a new partnership together. YouTube’s Chris Dale gave WebProNews a few details about it in a quick phone call.

ESPN will be featuring content that is apparently going to be in line with their television programming, although from the sounds of it there won’t be any live streaming, so don’t look to watch games on here (at least for the time being).

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EveryZing Partners with NBC Universal on Video Search

Video ZEO firm EveryZing has closed an $8.25 Million round of funding from its existing investors, which include Fairhaven Capital, General Catalyst Partners, Accel Partners and BBN Technologies. EveryZing has also added GE and NBC Universal’s Peacock Equity Fund as an investor.

EveryZing will also be deploying its universal search and publishing solutions across a number of NBCU’s Internet properties. The goal is to improve the video search experience for some major media sites.

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A Walk in the BigPark: Microsoft’s Latest Acquisition

Microsoft executives are busy laying off thousands, hiring thousands, releasing Windows 7, and checking the blogs for the latest rumors from Apple. They are also busy acquiring companies—well, one company at least. On Thursday, Microsoft announced its acquisition of a small company named Big Park.

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Microsoft, Yahoo Deal Still Possible

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer said there are still possibilities to work with Yahoo to "create a better search product."

Ballmer was speaking to students at Standford University, which has led to speculation he may be meeting with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz to discuss a potential deal.

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Domains Sell for Big Money at Live Auction

It’s always interesting to see what domains are sold for big money. The other day, the domain was sold for $1.4 million at a live auction.

This was by far the most money spent on a domain at the event, which saw 91 domains sold for a total of $2,133,350. The average selling price per domain was $23,443. Here is a list of the top sellers and how much they sold for: – $1,400,000 – $45,000 – $40,000 – $32,500 – $25,000

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Rumors Surface About Apple Buying Twitter

Here we go again. More rumors of Twitter being acquired by some company. This time it’s not Google, Microsoft, or Facebook. It’s Apple. I’m taking this (as should everyone else) with a baseball-sized chunk of salt at this point, but when these rumors start to swirl, we can’t just ignore them entirely.

So here’s what the rumors are based on. Owen Thomas of Valleywag writes:

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Disney and Hulu Officially Get it Done

Rumors have been swirling for about a month or so, but today the news is official. Disney and Hulu have entered a partnership that will see Disney content appearing on the increasingly popular online video site.

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AOL to Buy Back Google Stake, Break Away from Time Warner?

Tim ArmstrongAOL is reportedly buying back a 5% stake owned by Google, and it has a new CEO in Tim Armstrong, formerly of Google. A spinoff from Time Warner is also anticipated.

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Wikimedia Enters Partnership With Orange

The Wikimedia Foundation, the organization behind Wikipedia, is partnering with European mobile provider Orange. The partnership will see Orange devices carrying co-branded content for customers in France, the UK, Spain, and Poland.

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Twitter Investor Talks About Possible Google Deal

Update 2: In Google’s earnings call, CEO Eric Schmidt is quoted as saying:

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eBay Getting Rid of Skype

Update: is reporting that eBay CEO John Donahoe says that the company is "still open to other offers" and that he will “maximize the value of Skype. Period." Any "reasonable offers" made between now and 2010 (when the proposed IPO is scheduled) will be evaluated.

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eBay Drops $1.2 Billion on Korean eCommerce Site

This has certainly been a huge week for eBay announcements. First, it was announced that StumbleUpon as being taken back by its founders. Then a similar scenario was announced for Skype. Then eBay announced a ton of changes to its marketplace.

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Google Scores Big Deal With Virgin Media

In a roundabout way, the use of Gmail is about to become much more common in the UK.  Virgin Media and Google announced a deal this morning that’ll allow four million home broadband customers to benefit from the service’s perks while using either new or existing email addresses. 

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YouTube and Universal Making a Music Video Site?

Update: YouTube has officially announced Vevo.

Original article 03/05: The number one video site in the US and the world’s largest music label are said to be cooking up a deal and a new service. YouTube and Universal Music Group are reportedly in talks to create a premium online music video service.

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Skype Buy Back Not Likely

A proposed buyout of eBay’s Skype by the Internet calling services co-founders and a group of private – equity firms is not likely to be completed.

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StumbleUpon Breaks Away from eBay

StumbleUponStumbleUpon is no longer part of eBay. Many have wondered why it was even part of it to begin with, but that pondering can now be put aside. The company has now been returned to its creators for an undisclosed amount.

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Skype Founders Mull Buy Back From eBay

The founders of Internet telephone service Skype, currently owned by eBay, are interested in buying back the company they sold four years ago.

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eBay To Buy Stake In Korean Retailer

eBay has plans to purchase a controlling stake in South Korean online retailer Gmarket for $413 million, at a 32.5 percent premium.

The move by eBay would help the online auctioneer to become a significant player in South Korea’s customer- to-customer online market by taking control of its key rival.

ebay will buy a 34.2 percent stake in Gmarket from its current top shareholder Interpark and Korean firm’s chairman, at $24 a share, according to unidentified sources.

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Report: Ballmer, Bartz Talking Partnerships

Everyone – and we know there must be a lot of you – who would rather not hear more about potential Microsoft-Yahoo deals should get ready to abandon the Internet for a little while.  It looks like a fresh round of rumors is on the way, led by a report that the two companies are discussing partnerships. 

Steve Ballmer

Interestingly, Steve Ballmer and Carol Bartz are supposed to be personally involved, which implies that some rather high-powered negotiations are taking place.  But it’s been said that a flat-out acquisition isn’t on the table this time.

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YouTube is Going Through Changes

There are some big changes happening with YouTube. You’ve probably read recently that YouTube has teamed up with Universal on a site called Vevo that is supposedly going to be the Hulu of music videos.

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Google and Microsoft Competing for Twitter Deal?

Kara Swisher at Boomtown claims to have a scoop from "many sources with knowledge of the situation" that Google and Microsoft are battling for a search advertising deal with Twitter. Swisher recently dispelled rumors that Google was close to acquiring Twitter, but the "talks" that the two companies were in could have easily been regarding something like this.

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Google/Twitter Concept Inspires Imaginations

There’s been an unbelievable amount of buzz circulating around an acquisition that everyone likes to fantasize about, but may or may not ever actually occur. I’m talking of course about Google buying Twitter.

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Disney Buys Kaboose Sites For $18.4 Million

Disney Online has reached a deal to purchase all the Internet assets of Toronto-based Kaboose Inc. for $18.4 million, Disney announced Wednesday.

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The assets include,,, and The properties will be integrated into Dinsey’s group of Web sites.

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MySpace, Microsoft Announce Two New Deals

People who are interested in the connections between Greek gods may get a kick out of this story.  MySpace and Microsoft have shaken hands over two different matters, establishing a powerful alliance but also creating a somewhat twisted corporate family tree. 

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Report: YouTube Attempting To Hijack Hulu-Disney Deal

Late last week, we reported that the Walt Disney Company and Hulu were close to reaching a content-sharing arrangement.  It now looks like a little bit of a bidding war is occurring, though, as YouTube’s supposedly working on a Disney deal of its own. 

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Rumor Pairs Hulu, Disney In New Partnership

Hulu may be about to get huge.  A new rumor has the video-sharing site in negotiations with the Walt Disney Company, and if all goes well, it’s reasonable to expect that Hulu would gain access to content from popular average-viewer brands in addition to some kid-friendly stuff. 

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Google, Microsoft Rule Out TV, Newspaper Purchases

Newspaper companies have been in trouble for some time now, and due to the recession, even some big media corporations are encountering problems.  Still, it doesn’t look as if either Google or Microsoft is going to leap at the chance to make any acquisitions, as execs recently spoke out against the idea of the tech giants entering these fields.

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Priceline Offers Price Guarantees With New Promotion

Priceline has announced it is offering price guarantees for all of its airline tickets and vacation packages as part of a spring travel promotion for all bookings made through June 1.

Recently a number of other online travel agencies have offered similar promotions including Orbitz and Expedia’s

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New Severance Plan Clears Way For Yahoo Acquisition

Delaware Chancery Court Judge William B. Chandler III apparently doesn’t love the idea of poison pills.  A settlement he approved would make it much less expensive – and therefore much more appealing – for a company to acquire Yahoo. 

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Schmidt Shuts Door On Dividends, (Most) Acquisitions

Investors hoping for a little extra money – and small startups hoping for a lot – are going to need to find someone or something other than Google to provide it.  The search giant’s CEO said yesterday that he intends to let his company’s checkbook collect a little dust. 

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Domain For Sale

The domain "" has been put up for auction itself on The seller explains in his auction post that he already has a bid of $2.5 million and is under a 2 day time limit to accept the offer, or it will be rescinded. The seller states:

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Facebook Backer Discusses Twitter Talks

Well, it turns out the rumors were true.  Peter Thiel, who sits on Facebook’s board of directors, recently confirmed that Mark Zuckerberg’s company tried to acquire Twitter last year.  Thiel also got into discussions concerning stock values and ad revenue.

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Jupitermedia Changes Name to WebMediaBrands

JupitermediaJupitermedia is changing its name to "WebMediaBrands Inc." The announcement comes along with the official sale of Jupiterimages to Getty Images for $96 million in cash.

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WebSite Creation Service SynthaSite Gets $20 million

Site builder company SynthaSite has secured $20 million in Series B financing from Luxembourg-based Reinet Fund S.C.A. The money will go to accelerating the development of its web site creation tools and its p2p e-commerce platform through organic growth and strategic acquisitions.

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Skype Making Mobile Deals

Nokia and eBay-owned VoIP service Skype announced a deal today. Skype will be integrated into Nokia devices, starting with the N97 series.

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