All Posts Tagged Tag: ‘Yahoo’

Google Captures Nearly Three-Quarters Of Searches

Microsoft’s Bing accounted for 5.25 percent of all U.S. searches for the month of June, according to the latest data from Hitwise.

Google continued to hold on to its dominant position growing 7 percent year-over- year capturing 74.04 percent of the U.S. search market for the month.

Yahoo landed in the second position with 16.19 percent of the search market, but saw its growth drop 17 percent year-over-year, while Ask received 3.15 percent of searches with its growth slipping 22 percent year-over-year.

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Retail Boosts Search Spending In Q2

Search spending from retailers was up 36 percent year-over-year in the second quarter across all major search engines, according to a new report from SearchIgnite.

The trend was not seen in other categories, such as travel and finance, and U.S. search spend was down 6.5 percent for the quarter.

Retail search spend increased steadily as the quarter went on, with June showing an increase in spend of 55 percent compared with June 2008.

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StatCounter: Bing Back Above Yahoo

On a temporary basis, at least, it looks like the Bing team racked up another win this week.  New data indicates that Microsoft’s search engine passed Yahoo’s in terms of market share, and did so by a significant amount.

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Yahoo Adds Capabilities to YQL

Last year, Yahoo debuted its YQL language, which lets users query, filter, and join data across web data sources or services on the web. YQL or Yahoo Query Language is based on a SQL-like language, and it helps apps run faster with fewer lines of code.

Today, Yahoo announced a new feature for YQL, and that is the Insert/Update/Delete feature. A spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews this extends the platform by adding “write" capability to its capabilities, including YQL Open Data Tables and Execute."

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Yahoo Settles Lawsuit With NFL

Yahoo and the NFL Players Association have reached a settlement over the use of players’ statistics, images and other information in Yahoo’s fantasy football games.

Yahoo sued the NFLPA last month arguing it should not have to pay additional royalties to use players’ data in its fantasy football games because the information is publicly available.

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Bing/Google Overlap Steady After launch

WebProNews received some interesting data from Compete, looking at how searchers are using Bing, with regards to how this use overlaps with the use of other search engines.

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Yahoo Rolls Out Search Pad

Yahoo has introduced its new Search Pad feature, which allows users to organize, save and share information they find while researching information online.

Search Pad works by automatically recognizing when users are doing research and allows them to collect information and websites found in their search results. Search Pad organizes information in one integrated notepad that stays with users as they search.

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Bing Gaining On Google, Yahoo

Different data-tracking firms almost always report different statistics, and this has led to a fair number of confusing did-it-or-didn’t-it-gain-share situations.  Bing seems to be solidly in the black, however, as new StatCounter info supports the idea that the new engine is doing well.

Doubters may remain – and in the long-term, may or may not win the argument – but comScore and Hitwise (and StatCounter, for that matter) had already suggested that Bing’s gaining on Google and Yahoo.  The latest report adds a nice bar graph to the evidence pile.

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Yahoo Names New VP Of Marketing

Yahoo has named Penny Baldwin as its senior vice president, of global integrated marketing and brand management.

Baldwin takes on the newly created position immediately and reports to Yahoo’s chief marketing officer, Elisa Steele.

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Yahoo Getting Rid of Maven Video Business

In February, 2008, Yahoo acquired Maven Networks for $160 million. Maven is a supplier of online video players and video advertising tools.

A year and a half later, Yahoo is already ditching it. The company has said that it is planning to "wind down its customer base."

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Yahoo Site Re-Design Coming In Fall

After years of poor performances and publicity turmoil, the powers that be at Yahoo! are embarking on one of the company’s most import brand overhauls.

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Bartz: Yahoo Has Execution Problem

At Yahoo’s annual shareholder meeting, Chief Executive Carl Bartz said the company had "nothing to say" about any potential deal with Microsoft and asked investors to be patient as she works to overhaul the company.

"If we ever have a deal with Microsoft, it will be announced publicly and until we do, we have nothing to say," said Bartz said at the meeting in Santa Clara, Calif.

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Yahoo Puts New Spin on the Recruiting Process

Today Yahoo! released what it refers to as the first performance-based online recruitment product, Yahoo! HotJobs Pay Per Candidate. The new HotJobs feature lets recruiters pay for candidates instead of just per listing.

The idea is that this will help recruiters tie their dollars directly to their results. The recruitment community will get its first look at the product at the upcoming Society for Human Resource Management conference starting June 28 in New Orleans.

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Report: Yahoo Planning Major Brand Makeover

The launch of Bing has, according to report after report, worked near-wonders for Microsoft.  Now, it looks like Yahoo’s going to take a shot at reproducing those effects with a significant (though not name-altering) makeover effort of its own.

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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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Yahoo Talks Details of New Display Ads

As reported earlier, Yahoo! has launched a new self-serve display advertising solution called Yahoo! My Display Ads. A Yahoo spokesperson was kind enough to answer a few questions about the service for WebProNews.

Chris Crum: Are there templates that support video and rich media?

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Microsoft Hires More Employees Away From Competitors

Remember those rumors that certain tech companies had agreed to not poach each other’s employees?  Well, it looks like Microsoft’s accusers might owe the corporation an apology, as it’s gotten a person each away from Yahoo and Google.

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Yahoo Goes the Display Ad Route

Yahoo has launched a new self-serve display advertising solution called Yahoo My Display Ads. The company says the solution is designed to help small and medium-sized businesses easily reach their target audience via Yahoo and its network of partner sites.

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Yahoo Takes Turn In Front Of House Subcommittee

Yahoo wants you to know that it values your privacy as much as – or possibly more than – Google.  Yesterday, the Mountain View-based giant got a bit of a head start in terms of describing a hearing titled "Behavioral Advertising: Industry Practices and Consumer Expectations," but Sunnyvale has now published its take. 

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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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Real-Time Site Previews, Faster Search from Yahoo

Yahoo has introduced a new version of the Yahoo Toolbar today. It runs on Internet Explorer 6+ and Firefox (as a beta).

"The new Yahoo! Toolbar now offers greater customization and more immediate access to the information you care about most from across the entire web – not just Yahoo! sites," says Burke Culligan, Senior Director of Yahoo Front Doors.


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AP Has Some Ideas For Making Money Online

The Associated Press (AP) is saying it hopes to negotiate more lucrative licensing deals with major web sites. Reporting for the AP itself, Michale Liedtke says that AP CEO Tom Curley discussed possible revenue initiatives to protect online content.

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Here are some key facts from the Liedtke’s piece: 

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Hear What Matt Cutts and Carol Bartz Have to Say

There are a few interesting videos currently floating around right now that I thought would be worth sharing here. The first one is from Google’s Matt Cutts at a site review session at Google I/O. The second one is of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz at the All Things Digital Conference, and the third is the recent LinkedIn Tech Talk event.

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More Newspapers Look to Yahoo for Targeted Local Advertising

Yahoo is welcoming several new members to its Newspaper Consortium. These are Freedom Communications’ flagship newspaper, Orange County (Calif.) Register and The Gazette in Colorado Springs, Colo.; the North Jersey Media Group’s The Record and Herald News; and The San Diego Union-Tribune.

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Yahoo Set To Pick Lockport, NY For New Data Center

In a somewhat literal sense, Yahoo appears to be on the move again.  A fresh report indicates that the company’s very interested in building another data center, and Lockport, New York has been identified as one likely location. 

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Yahoo Names New CFO

On February 26th, Yahoo announced that its chief financial officer, Blake Jorgensen, would be leaving the company.  Now Yahoo has found a replacement in the form of Tim Morse.

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Yahoo Marketing SVP To Leave Company

In the last few months Jerry Yang spent as CEO of Yahoo, as well as the first few months of Carol Bartz’s reign, a lot of people got laid off.  Unfortunately for the company, at least a few valued employees are quitting, too, and a senior vice president is ready to join that second group’s ranks.

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Distinguish Yourself From the Competition

We generally hear from the search engines that having a good product will usually lead to your ranking better. This is kind of what Laura Lippay, Director of Technical Marketing at Yahoo discussed with WebProNews at the SMX Advanced conference this week. What tactics do you use to outrank your competitors? Tell us about them.

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Report: Bing Replaces Yahoo as Number 2

Research reported by StatCounter says that Microsoft’s new Bing search engine has taken over Yahoo for the second place slot in search market share. Clearly, it’s getting a lot of attention since it just launched, so let’s keep this in context.

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Yahoo Aims to Reduce the Number of Sites You Frequent

Yahoo announced today that users of Yahoo Mail, My Yahoo, Yahoo Connected TV and Zimbra email will find a number of new third-party apps and widgets that will give them quicker access to things they do online everyday.

To put this in perspective, Yahoo says that in the US, an average of 85 sites are visited per person, per month. The idea is that if you use these apps and widgets on Yahoo sites, you won’t have to go to all of those other sites. The company offers the following slideshow:

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YouTube Drives Surge In Online Video Viewing

Americans viewed a record 16.8 billion videos online in April, a 16 percent increase over March, according to new data from comScore.

A surge in video viewing at YouTube during April contributed to the month’s significant gains.

Google sites were once again the most popular property with 6.8 billion videos viewed (40.7 percent online video market share), a 15 percent increase over March. YouTube accounted for more than 99 percent of all videos viewed at the property.

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Juice Up Your PPC Quality Score from the Get Go

Abby Johnson of WebProNews had a nice chat with FindMeFaster’s Matt Van Wagner about PPC campaign strategies and ad copy at the SMX Advanced conference in Seattle this week. For one, they discussed how to get a good quality score right from the beginning. Talk about your strategies for achieving a good quality score.

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Yahoo Sacks The NFL With A Lawsuit

Yahoo is suing the NFL Players Association, arguing that it should not have to pay additional royalties to use player’s statistics and images in its fantasy football games because the information is publicly available.

Yahoo filed the suit June 1 in federal court in Minneapolis. The company alleges the NFL Players Association threatened to sue it if it did not pay royalties for using the publicly available information.

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Yahoo Hires Eric Brown As VP Of Global Communications

Yahoo has named Eric Brown as its new senior vice president of global communications.

Brown will be in charge of the company’s global communication efforts, overseeing public relations, executive communications, product promotion, public affairs, internal communications, corporate reputation management and social media outreach. Brown will join the company in early July and report to Yahoo’s chief marketing officer, Elisa Steele.

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Search Google and Yahoo from Bing

There is still a lot to learn about Bing of course. Microsoft’s new search engine hasn’t been live that long. After reading the back and forth of Matt Cutts and Bing, I started wondering how Bing and Google were treating each other’s results.

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Yahoo 360 Finally Going Away

There has been talk about Yahoo 360 closing down as far back as 2007, but only now is it truly official. They’ve set a date – July 13 is the day that Yahoo 360 will be no more.

Yahoo has been easing the transition for users to switch to their "new profiles," and is now requesting users move into their new profile by no later than July 12. Yahoo Community Manager Melissa Daniels at the 360 Blog writes:

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Former Googler Becomes Senior Director Of Yahoo Research

In the ongoing employee tug-of-war that the top three search companies are waging, it looks like Yahoo’s scored a significant win.  Yoelle Maarek, who used to receive paychecks from Google, has accepted the title "Senior Director of Yahoo Research."

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Google, Yahoo & Microsoft Interviews to Come

The SMX Advanced conference is coming up next week in Seattle, Washington. It will take place on June 2nd and 3rd, and WebProNews will be there to cover it both days.

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While Twitter Tweets, Yahoo’s Meme Barks

Yahoo has introduced their own version of Twitter. For now, at least, you can only use it in Portuguese. It’s called Meme—borrowed from a word coined by Richard Dawkins (he used the word to describe a human gene that causes selfishness).

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Google Dominates Canadian Search Market

Google grabbed 80.17 percent of all Canadian searches for the month of April, according to Hitwise.

MSN ranked second with 8.84 percent of the search market followed by Yahoo with 7.34 percent. Ask received 2.75 percent of searches, while the remaining 41 search engines in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis Tool accounted for 1 percent of Canadian searches.

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It Would Take ‘Boatloads’ Of Cash For Microsoft To Buy Yahoo

How would you define "boatloads?"

One dictionary suggests "an indefinite quantity that is above the average in size or magnitude."

Well, thanks to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz, we now have another definition of "boatloads"–its the precise amount of money it would take for her to sell Yahoo to Microsoft. Not a penny more, not a penny less!

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Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Offer More Instant Results

Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft sure do a good job of looking out for sports fans and film enthusiasts.  Although each company uses a different name for its feature, all three recently highlighted ways in which users can receive the latest information.

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Carol Bartz Answers User-Submitted Questions

Two weeks ago, readers of the official Yahoo blog (creatively titled Yodel Anecdotal) were asked to submit questions for Carol Bartz, the company’s still-newish CEO, to answer.  Those answers came back today, and they include several interesting tidbits.

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Yahoo Launches Creative Commons Image Search

Yahoo Image Search has introduced a new feature that allows users to filter search results by Creative Commons license.

The Yahoo Search Blog offers more details. "When you use Yahoo! Image Search, you’ll now see a checkbox for Creative Commons allowing you to filter for images from Flickr that can be used commercially or that can be modified (remixed, tweaked, or built upon) with restrictions set by the image’s creator."

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Yahoo Opens Up Smart Ads To Third Parties

Yahoo has introduced a new partner program for third party advertising technology companies to use its Smart Ads platform.

Yahoo and Tumri worked with Hewlett-Packard to create a Smart Ad campaign that reached more than 140 million U.S. users. The campaign resulted in a return on ad spend that was more than 20 times higher than traditional display ad campaigns. HP has developed separate Smart Ad campaigns with Yahoo and Teracent that also produced better results than traditional campaigns.

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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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Yahoo Promotes “Web Of Objects” Concept At Search Event

Yahoo sure likes names that can be shouted.  At a search event the company held yesterday, speakers focused on a "Web of objects" concept – also known as WOO – that Yahoo intends to embrace as a way of moving beyond the standard ten blue links. 

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Microsoft Set To Unveil Kumo Next Week

Microsoft is set to introduce its new search service Kumo next week according to sources familiar with the matter.

Microsoft will likely unveil Kumo at D: All Things Digital, a technology conference held in Carlsbad, California, according to the Wall Street Journal. Kumo has been internally tested by Microsoft employees for a number of months.

The company hopes Kumo will help it better compete with search leaders Google and Yahoo. Microsoft has remained a distant third in search engine market share and advertising revenue.

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FTC Issues Restraining Order Against Yahoo, MSN

On behalf of the Federal Trade Commission, a federal court issued a restraining order against Yahoo, MSN, AllTheWeb, and Altavista to prevent the search engines from allowing mortgage finance scammers to use a government URL in sponsored search results, thus representing themselves as the operator of the site.
Mortgage Scammers

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Yahoo’s Jerry Yang Gives His Own Speech

Google CEO Eric Schimdt was not the only web company figure to deliver a commencement address yesterday. Yahoo Co-founder Jerry Yang spoke at the University of Hawaii at Hilo.

Yang’s speech had a different tone that Schmidt’s. Whereas Schmidt discussed everything from cheesesteak to the meaning of life, Yang jumped in with a tone suggesting that things aren’t as bad as they seem.

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Yahoo Answers Outlives MSN QnA

MSN QnA isn’t long for this world; an announcement posted yesterday on its official blog made clear that Microsoft’s site designed to help people share information and opinions will close on May 21st.  At the same time, Yahoo Answers appears to be healthier than ever.

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Yahoo Uncovers New Demographics Based on Email Habits

Yahoo Research released an interesting report this month characterizing individual communication patterns. The report is based upon a study that looked specifically at what times of the day people regularly communicated through email, and found that demographics can be pulled away from this information.

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The AP’s Desperate Attempt To Outlaw Search Engine Links

The AP is launching an all out assault on any use of its content that is not licensed (purchased) for use by Internet publishers and search engines. As I have said in the past, the AP is not just focusing on the blatant violators such as spam blogs or sites that quote paragraphs without attribution or link. On the contrary, the AP is specifically going after bigger mainstream blogs, Internet publications and believe it or not search engines such as Google.

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Yahoo Testing Favicons in Sponsored Ads

Yahoo is testing the use of favicons in sponsored ads. When a user searches for your domain name, your favicon will appear in your sponsored result.

Yahoo looks at the example of Expedia. You can see how it looks in the following screenshot:

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Google Search Share Up 7%

Google captured 72.74 percent of all U.S. searches in April, representing a 7 percent increase in market share year-over-year, according to Hitwise.

Yahoo took the two spot with 16.27 percent of all searches for the month, while its year-over-year growth rate declined 20 percent.

MSN Search was third with 5.68 percent of all searches conducted and a 9 percent decrease year-over-year.

Ask had 3.95 percent of the search market in April for a year-over-year drop of 5 percent.

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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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Will Facebook Supplant Google As a Referral Source?

If Google had managed to acquire Facebook back when Yahoo failed to do so, Google would truly dominate the online referral business. But it appears that Google and Yahoo really missed the boat on the social end of the spectrum.

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Google and Yahoo Both Use Goats for Lawn Mowing

Google posted to the official company blog today that this spring, the company has begun using goats instead of lawn mowers to maintain the fields of their Mountain View headquarters. The idea is that this is a low-carbon approach.

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Flickr Is Target Of Yahoo’s Latest Layoffs

 While it is no surprise that Yahoo started announcing the layoffs of between 600-700 people this week (the

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More Advertisers Invited To Use Yahoo Web Analytics

It looks like another shot’s been fired in the Web analytics war.  Yahoo Web Analytics has been made available – for free – to search and display advertisers who work with account support teams and managers.

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GeoCities Users Get a Bailout From Wetpaint

You may have read that Yahoo is closing the door on GeoCities. This was announced a week ago after about ten years of Yahoo ownership.

"We have decided to discontinue the process of allowing new customers to sign up for GeoCities accounts as we focus on helping our customers explore and build new relationships online in other ways," GeoCities noted.

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Flickr Staff Falling Apart

As you may know, Yahoo has cut over 600 jobs. The company’s popular photo sharing service Flickr looks to be among the Yahoo properties directly affected by this.

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Rough Personnel Day At Google, Yahoo

Although the two developments are taking place for different reasons and on very dissimilar scales, both Google and Yahoo were affected by headcount reductions today.  Google’s going to lose an important exec, while Yahoo’s laying off hundreds of employees.

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Yahoo Web Analytics Gets an Upgrade

Yahoo has given the Yahoo Web Analytics interface a new look and some new features. These new demographics and interest group reports, as well as new segmentation, filters, a demographics and interest groups dashboard, the ability to create more scheduled reports, and custom fields with more actions.

New reports included in the new dashboard include:

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Yahoo Hires Experienced Adobe Exec

Yahoo’s found someone new to manage a collection of its most important offerings.  Bryan Lamkin, who previously worked at Adobe and two venture capital firms, will join the Sunnyvale-based corporation with the title "senior vice president of Applications Products."

Bryan Lamkin
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Yahoo Failing To Consider GeoCities Alternatives?

This afternoon, we learned that Yahoo intends to shut down GeoCities, the once-thriving Web hosting service.  And while it’s true that GeoCities isn’t in the same shape it used to be, this move does raise questions about just how quick new CEO Carol Bartz is to give up on certain projects.

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Compete Looks at Homepage vs Domain Visits for Top Sites

Compete has shared some interesting data looking at homepage visitors at the top publisher sites. Here is the top 12 in terms of domain visitors. Look at how the homepage visitors compare to the percentage of site visitors who visit the homepage.

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Yahoo Turning Lights Out At GeoCities

GeoCities, that mainstay of the mid-to-late ’90s Internet, is about done for.  New GeoCities accounts are no longer available, and although it hasn’t yet given a specific date, Yahoo has made clear that GeoCities will be shut down sometime later this year.

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Yahoo Posts Bad Numbers, Still Skates By

Yahoo had a good day on the stock market, gaining a full 5.27 percent during normal trading hours.  And – in what some may find to be a surprising development – it doesn’t seem set to drop much in after-hours trading as investors dissect the company’s first-quarter earnings report. 

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Google’s Dominance and Microsoft’s Perseverance

Year after year, and month after month we keep an eye on the search engine market share picture. Over and over again in the US, we see Google completely dominating (more so with each year it seems), Yahoo a ways back, and Microsoft even further back.

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Online Video Popular In Canada

In February 21 million Canadians viewed more than 3.1 billion videos online, according to a new report from comScore Video Metrix.

The average Canadian online video viewer spent 10 hours viewing videos in February, an increase of 53 percent from their average viewing time last year.

"Canada’s high broadband penetration and tech savvy Internet users make it an optimal environment for online video to flourish," said Bryan Segal, vice president of sales, comScore Canada.

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Boss-Bashing 2.0

It’s a lot easier to embarrass one’s boss than it used to be. You can thank the now dreaded internal leak for that. What was once reserved for water cooler gripe sessions, collective bargaining and, if things went really sour, lawsuits and national media coverage is now instantly public and brutally humiliating.

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Fresh AdGooroo Stats Point To Yahoo Recovery

AdGooroo’s latest search advertiser report has been released, and it looks like some interesting changes may be taking place.  Namely: Google and Yahoo almost seem to have swapped positions on the impressive-to-iffy spectrum. 

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Google Isn’t Dominating the News Market

In case you’ve missed the kerfluffle recently, the AP is rather dissatisfied with their relationship with the Internet, and Google in particular. Google is everyone’s favorite villain these days.

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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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Yahoo’s Focus Shifts to Social

While Microsoft struggles with branding issues as it looks to gain some ground against Google, Yahoo is worried more about its social activities and how it stacks up against the social networks of the web.

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Lost Toolbar Deals May Sap Yahoo’s Market Share

Last year, both Hewlett-Packard and Acer stopped making Yahoo the default search option on their computers.  Unfortunately for Yahoo, those decisions don’t seem ready to stay in the past, as one source indicates the company might gradually lose three percentage points of market share as a result. 

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Three New Yahoo Search BOSS Tools Introduced

Yahoo Search BOSS just got a little more interesting.  Developers who want to build their own search services should now be able to play with three fresh tools related to personalized Delicious content, language filters, and news stories’ dates.

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Yahoo Expands Cloud Computing Partnerships

Yahoo said today it is expanding its cloud computing research efforts and has partnered with three more U.S. universities.

The University of California at Berkley, Cornell University and the University of Massachusetts at Amherst will join Carnegie Mellon University in using Yahoo’s cloud computing cluster to conduct large-scale systems software research.

Cloud Computing

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Yahoo Announces Search Index Update

Around March 27th or so, people began noticing big changes in Yahoo’s search results. Some were seeing improved rankings, and some were seeing their drop.

Yahoo SERP

Discussion at WebmasterWorld ranged from:

"Looks like I’ve lost more links on this update than last, which is worrying…"


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Internationalizing Without Duplicate Content Worries

Priyank GargThe SMX Confernece was in Sydney Australia last week, and one topic discussed by representatives of both Google and Yahoo was that of duplicate content filtering across international domains. Rand Fishkin of SEOmoz notes that while the subject has been discussed in the past, many people including experts in the field have been in the dark.

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Yahoo Monitors Twitter From the Sideline

Yahoo has released a desktop application for searching and real time monitoring of Twitter. Called Sideline, the app was built on the Adobe AIR platform and is a open source.
Sideline Search

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Yahoo Music Makes Peace with iTunes, Amazon, YouTube

Yahoo Music is doing its best "come one, come all" carnival barker imitation.  Starting tomorrow, existing Artist Pages will be customizable with modules from iTunes, Amazon,, Rhapsody, Pandora, and YouTube, and more exciting stuff is on the way, too. 

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Yahoo Upgrades Image Search Preview Panes

Well, Yahoo’s as good as its word.  Two weeks ago, the company showed off some image search improvements and promised more were on the way.  Now it’s announced a thorough overhaul of its image search preview page.

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Yahoo Mobile Launches Out Of Beta

Yahoo! Mobile

It’s a more personalized "mobile starting point to the Internet," available on the mobile Web and as an Apple iPhone app.

Yahoo Mobile has been released out of beta, following its introduction at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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Yahoo Giving New Homepage Tons Of Thought

Last week, we covered a story that drove home how Google obsesses over the tiniest details in order to get its public offerings right.  Today, there’s word that Yahoo’s putting an inordinate amount of thought into such things, too. 

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1 in 5 Google Visits Come from Browser Search Box

AT Internet Institute released its monthly Search Engine Barometer for the month of February, revealing some interesting findings. For one – one out of every five Google visits is attributed to the browser search bar. That’s 20.1% of Google visits – three times more than Live Search (7%) and ten times more than Yahoo (2.3%).

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Yahoo FareChase On Its Last Legs

According to the Wikipedia yardstick, Yahoo FareChase is pretty unimportant – it doesn’t even have a two-line entry.  Poor FareChase isn’t likely to get one, either, as it will be forced to stop hunting for travel deals after today.

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Yahoo Names New Chief Marketing Officer

Yahoo said today it has named Elisa Steele as its chief marketing officer.

Steele is responsible for Yahoo’s brand, its global marketing strategy and its marketing functions including brand marketing, audience marketing, corporate communications, insights, policy and privacy, community affairs, and related central teams. She reports to Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz.

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IE 8 Equipped with Microsoft Live Search Accelerators

A you’re probably aware, Microsoft’s Internet Explorer 8 browser is now generally available. What you may or may not be aware of is that Microsoft has included some accelerators for Live Search within it.

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Yahoo Image Search Shows Off New Filters

Image search is probably not, to be honest, something that the average person uses every day.  For those occasions when you’re looking for just the right pic, though, Yahoo’s introduced a new set of filters that brings its engine roughly up to (and perhaps a bit beyond) the industry standard.

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Users Expect Open Internet Access

The majority (91%) of Internet users expect their Internet service provider to avoid blocking or limiting their service, according to a new survey commissioned by Google, Yahoo and Skype.

The news comes as the European Parliament and EU governments are considering a major telecoms reform package. Some elements of the package could affect users rights by allowing ISPs to limit access to Web sites or applications, or to prioritize some Internet traffic in favor of their own partner’s traffic.

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Analyst: Make Twitter Put Money Where Everybody’s Mouth Is

If you can’t get a good bubble started on the Internet, then where can ya? Aye, times are indeed bad if analysts are even poopooing hot Web properties. And if it’s one thing Wall Street’s got these days, it’s credibility!

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Yahoo Gives Ads More Targeting Options

Today Yahoo announced the addition of three new targeting options for Yahoo Search Marketing ads. They are demographic targeting, ad scheduling, and enhanced ZIP-level geo-targeting.

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Would Jesus Game Digg?

The United States Marines, the Mormon Church, and the Korean Department of Tourism are all paying Australian-based uSocial to game for them, according to a blog post at the Los Angeles Times.

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The Anti-Zen Of Keyword Analysis

I suppose the best way to look at a list of popular search queries is from a kind of Taoist it-is-what-it-is perspective. Trying to find meaning in the collective conscience could drive one batty, especially if you’re the judge and despair type.

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Reporters Without Borders Names “Internet Enemies”

PR reps at Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft can breathe a small sigh of relief; in a new document from Reporters Without Borders titled "Internet Enemies," they’re not among the things identified as foes.  It even looks like Reporters Without Borders might be starting to regard them as allies. 

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Yahoo Gives Webmasters Way to Embed Media in SERPs

Yahoo has introduced a new way for site owners to enhance their Yahoo Search results using SearchMonkey. If you have flash videos, games, presentations, etc. you can have them show up right in Yahoo’s SERPs.

Yahoo shares an example of how Hulu added the following code:

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