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MSFT Wants 30% of Search, 40% of Web Ads

Well, if you can’t be #1, then you should probably do like Microsoft and aim for being “one of the top two” (aka #2). Reuters reports that Microsoft is looking to knock one of their competitors (you know, Yahoo and Google) out pretty soon.

Microsoft Counts To 40 By Tens

Schoolhouse Rock or corporate strategy? Microsoft wants to achieve online advertising goals with its businesses, while measuring success with a 10, 20, 30, 40 yardstick.

Virtual Furniture Thief Arrested

 The question of who has metaphysical jurisdiction in virtual worlds is not one so carefully addressed in Amsterdam as police have arrested a virtual criminal. In the Netherlands, at least, theft is theft and has real-world consequences.

Google Still Waiting On SEC For Stock Quotes

When writing a story that revolves around stock prices, I prefer to wait until the market’s closed – don’t want the story reversing itself as I type, after all.  I’ve found that market updates from Google (and Yahoo and MSN) are a little slow, though, and for this, we can blame the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Northeastern Sues Google Over Search Patent

Northeastern University has sued Google in the patent-friendly federal court for the Eastern District of Texas, accusing the search giant of infringing upon its work.

Yahoo Wants Mobile Ads, Not The OS

Now that the Google Phone hype has proven an operating system play for mobile devices, Yahoo’s strategy of grabbing advertisers for the handset could be a competitive edge.

Republicans Rumbling About Google, Privacy

House Republicans have demanded a Congressional hearing over the privacy implications of Google’s pending DoubleClick purchase.

IAC Splits; HSN, Ticketmaster, LendingTree Spun Off

InterActiveCorp (IAC) has just announced that it will divide up the media conglomerate into five businesses.

Reuters reports IAC will keep Ask.com, Match.com, Evite, Citysearch, and Excite, while spinning off its HSN home shopping network, Interval time-share business, Ticketmaster ticket service, and its mortgage referral business LendingTree.

Google Finally Announcing Cell Phone Project Today

UPDATE: The announcement is now confirmed, please see below.

Reuters Photos Gummed Up Google News

Algorithmic accidents at Google News have been blamed for matching the wrong photos to stories, including a really unfortunate one caught by Newsweek.

Why “Do Not Track” is Dumb

Reuters reports that a group of privacy and consumer organizations have asked the FTC to create a "do not track" list for internet users who want to opt-out of any ad-behavior tracking.

Senate: No Internet Tax For Seven Years
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The moratorium on taxing Internet access will continue for another seven years, as the Senate reached a compromise days before the existing ban expired.

High Resolution “Last Supper” Image To Go On Net
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A high-resolution image of Da Vinci’s "Last Supper" will be posted on the Internet Saturday October 27 by an Italian technology company providing fodder for art enthusiasts and conspiracists.

Yahoo – It’s Not Easy Being Yang

It’s no crime that Yahoo was slow to recognize social networking as the replacement for web portal stickiness, and CEO Jerry Yang wants to start bringing the masses back to Yahoo, if only for a brief visit.

EU Extends Google, DoubleClick Review

November 13th will be the new date for the European Union Competition Commission to give its decision on Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick, based on the Commission’s perception of competition issues.

MySpace Platform Coming

It looks like they were both right: TechCrunch was right in saying that MySpace was planning a platform to rival Facebook’s; Valleywag was right in saying it won’t premier this week.

Ballmer Rules Out Yahoo, Facebook Buys

It’s time to put the Yahoo or Facebook acquisition deals from Microsoft to rest, as Steve Ballmer disclosed a less broad scope for what the company buys.

Google Trends Reveals What Unites Manchester
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In celebration of Reuters’ discovery of Google Trends, we thought we’d revisit for an update. Like last year (when Google Trends was launched) Birmingham, England still has the world’s largest concentration of porn searches.

Google, Random House Close To Book Search Deal

Random House maybe closer to joining Google’s book search project, something the world’s largest publisher has been opposed to in the past.

Analysts: Privacy Won’t Stop Google, DoubleClick

The whispering campaign favoring Google’s acquisition of DoubleClick has begun, as a number of antitrust observers predict FTC approval of the deal.

EU Privacy Group To Decide On Google In

The European Union’s privacy group said it would take three more months to reach a decision on whether Google and other search engines are violating EU privacy laws.