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Yahoo has introduced “Weekend Edition on Yahoo News,” a new program offering original video and editorial content sponsored by Buick.
"With Weekend Edition, we’ve established a destination that features lighter lifestyle-oriented news programming, which we already know is more popular with our weekend audience," said Mark Walker, vice president and head of Yahoo News.
"This program also aligns perfectly with Buick’s target demographics and brand attributes, which makes Buick an ideal partner for Weekend Edition."
Nielsen and Yahoo introduced some new research on cross-platform optimization today at Ad:Tech NY. The results are interesting, but Nielsen SVP, Media Product Leadership Howard Shimmel warned not to generalize the findings. It’s more about how they got to the results. The goal is to help the decision process.
A man with a very interesting history when it comes to social media and tech investments may soon be brought in to replace a high-ranking exec at Yahoo. Rumor has it Hilary Schneider, EVP, Americas Region will step aside in order to make room for Ross Levinsohn.
Remember Levinsohn? He used to work for Fox Interactive Media, and is credited with making the then-smart decision to purchase MySpace. Plus, more recently, he’s been involved with some venture funds, perhaps gaining exposure to important up-and-coming companies.
Yahoo and American Express have expanded upon an existing partnership to offer small business owners new tools and content. The features will be available via a new Yahoo Business Solutions site that AmEx is sponsoring, located within Yahoo Small Business.
The third quarter was not unkind to Yahoo, judging from a just-released earnings report. Yahoo managed to meet or beat analysts’ forecasts in most respects, and its stock is now heading up in after-hours trading as a result.
To hit the highest notes first: Yahoo reported earnings per share of $0.29, which is great compared to the $0.13 it reported in the third quarter of 2009 and compared to predictions of $0.15. (This was possible because the sale of HotJobs contributed $0.13 to the Q3 2010 total.)
Yahoo has introduced some new features to its finance and sports search homepages.
When users enter tickers or company names in the search box on Yahoo Finance they will see a new “Related Tickers” module to the left of their search results for select queries. The Related Tickers feature displays up to 10 related tickers. In addition, the Yahoo Finance Search homepage now offers access to finance-specific Trending Now Terms.
Yahoo has partnered with Ram Truck on branded country music site called “Ram Country on Yahoo Music.”
Its the first time Yahoo Music has launched a dedicated country music site. “Ram Country” is aimed at helping Ram Tuck reach country music fans online and is the largest online marketing initiative for the brand.
The new site will feature a mix of music, blogs, news coverage, and original video programming produced by Yahoo. “Ram Country” will be promoted across the Yahoo network.
Despite the whole Microsoft debacle, it’s still possible – and perhaps likely, judging by the reaction of some investors – that one or more organizations will buy Yahoo. Rumors about takeover plans have begun to swirl, and Yahoo’s stock has begun to soar.
A new report on the state of the search market has been released, and, in keeping with tradition, it represents good news for Google. The search giant gained a significant amount of ground in September, according to comScore, although the real story might be Yahoo’s loss.
Yahoo’s market share fell from 17.4 percent to 16.7 percent on a month-over-month basis, which is rather a lot if you consider that 0.7 points count as four percent of 17.4 points.
Yahoo fans who own smartphones should now be treated to a search experience that’s better than ever. Yahoo’s upgraded its mobile search results in more than a few ways, and promised that additional changes are in the works, too.
An important note regarding availability: the improvements have been rolled out at m.yahoo.com for most iPhone owners and people using Android 2.0 and above, meaning they’re not targeted at some tiny demographic or in any way difficult to take advantage of.
As we reported earlier, Yahoo has some new search features like slideshows above search results for topics on its Trending Now lists, an app for Netflix members to add DVDs to their queue directly from the search results page and shortcuts for entertainment related topics that include images, articles, videos, tweets, event listings and ratings.
File this one in "maybe, possibly, perhaps" category: rumor has it that Yahoo, with its history of dealing in search, advertising, and content, just might acquire popular deal of the day site Groupon.
Kara Swisher reported earlier this afternoon, "Sources said Yahoo has been eyeing [Groupon] for possible acquisition, which would put it smack dab in the hot space around local purchasing and consumer information."
Google captured 72.15 percent of all U.S. searches in September and gained one percent in search share month-over-month, according to a new report from Hitwise.
Bing powered search received 23.64 percent of searches for the month with Yahoo Search and Bing receiving 13.54 percent and 10.10 percent, respectively. The remaining 65 search engines1 in the Hitwise Search Engine Analysis report accounted for 4.22 percent of U.S. searches.
When it comes to competitors, Yahoo’s Carol Bartz may not have the usual suspect(s) – Google and perhaps Microsoft – at the front of her mind. The CEO recently indicated in an interview that Facebook occupies her thoughts, instead.
The last step of transitioning Yahoo Search Marketing accounts to the Microsoft Advertising adCenter platform will begin (much) sooner rather than later. Yahoo announced late yesterday that the process could in fact start on Monday, and the deadline for completion is the last week of this month.
That means things are continuing to run on – or even ahead of – Yahoo and Microsoft’s original schedule, which is good news for both companies. They should begin to realize the predicted cost savings in short order as a result.
With the help of Sprint and T-Mobile, Yahoo is moving onto Google’s turf. The company announced late yesterday that it intends to make Yahoo products and services more accessible to users of certain Android devices.
Dapper, a company that deals in both creating and optimizing display ad campaigns, is now the property of Yahoo, Inc. Yahoo announced the acquisition this afternoon.
There are at least a couple reasons for Yahoo fans to be excited about this development. One is Dapper’s impressive list of clients and partners, which includes organizations like AdBrite, AOL, DoubleClick, Expedia, Kayak, Microsoft, and PubMatic.
Never mind talk of Yahoo employees finding the door marked "exit"; it’s almost starting to seem like they’re willing to jump out the nearest window, instead. And the next people to depart will be high-ranking execs whose departures could affect Carol Bartz’s stay, according to a new report.
Yahoo News and Yahoo Finance are two of Yahoo’s most successful and therefore important properties. Unfortunately for the company, new reports indicate that the executive who’s in charge of them will soon find employment elsewhere.
Jimmy Pitaro, who currently holds the title "Vice President of Media," started at Yahoo about four years ago as Vice President of Business Affairs. Since then, he’s also been General Manager of Yahoo Sports and Head of Sports and Entertainment.
Yahoo is not on top of the world right now; some people are calling for Carol Bartz to be fired, and just about everyone can agree that the company needs to make more money and improve its reputation. That’s where a new site called Yahoo Advertising Solutions comes in.
No one’s launched a product or sent in the lawyers just yet, but it looks like Yahoo is on Google’s tail in terms of instant search and might trip up its rival with a legal objection. Shashi Seth, Senior Vice President of Yahoo Search Products, has indicated that Google Instant infringes on perhaps five patents Yahoo holds.
One year and three months ago, we reported that Yahoo was interested in building a data center in Lockport, New York, and that the company had set a target date of September 2010 for its completion. Now, right on schedule, the state-of-the-art facility’s being opened.
With the help of 1,000 computers and Yahoo-backed cloud computing technology, a Yahoo engineer has set an interesting world record. Tsz Wo (Nicholas) Sze determined that, when the mathematical constant pi is in binary, the two quadrillionth bit is 0.
Google continued its reign over the U.S. search market in August with 65.4 percent market share, followed by Yahoo with 17.4 percent (up 0.3 percentage points) and Microsoft with 11.1 percent (up 0.1 percentage points), according to the latest analysis from comScore.
Ask saw no change month-over-month capturing 3.8 percent of the search market, followed by AOL, which also remained flat with 2.3 percent of the market.
Update: Yahoo tells WebProNews that it plans on implementing features similar to the new search features for other categories beyond news and entertainment, but would not get specific at this point.
Apple’s official stance on its iAd platform is that it "gives brands what they’ve been waiting for: access to the global audience of iPhone and iPod touch users, enhanced targeting, premium creative and robust measurement." But yesterday, Carol Bartz indicated that the platform’s more or less doomed.
Without mincing words, Yahoo’s CEO predicted during an interview with Reuters, "That’s going to fall apart for them."
Yahoo just announced a new partnership with Toshiba to feature Yahoo TV Widgets on several models of Toshiba’s latest 6”-55” HDTVs, including the WX800 Cinema Series 3D LED. "With the addition of Toshiba, Yahoo! now has partnerships with some of the biggest OEMs in the world, including Samsung, Sony, LG, Vizio, Hisense and most recently, Vestel," representative for Yahoo tells WebProNews.
Yesterday, Yahoo announced some new additions to the company. They provided some Q&A with the new hires, but didn’t really get into what exactly they will be doing. We reached out to Yahoo to find out a little bit more about each new hire’s role with the company.
Less than a week ago, a company called Pageonce announced that it had hired away the head of Yahoo Finance. Yahoo Finance doesn’t appear to be in any way floundering in the wake of that change, though, as the property is benefiting from a fresh content deal with Bloomberg.
"Whether you prefer to tweet, post a question in our forums or pick up the phone and speak to a real person, you’ve got several options for getting help with all things adCenter," says Microsoft’s Tina Kelleher.
Nielsen shared some new search market findings, indicating that Bing has overtaken Yahoo as the number two search engine in the U.S. for the first time. That’s MSN/Windows Live/Bing, to be more precise, which holds 13.9% of the market (as of August), according to the firm.
Yahoo holds a 13.1% share, a decline from 14.6% in July. Google saw little change, but accounted for 65% of all U.S. searches.
Yahoo Finance has long been a top property in its field, beating everything even giants like Google and Microsoft could come up with. Unfortunately for Yahoo, Steve Schultz, the head of Yahoo Finance, found another job this week.
"Unfortunate" isn’t at all the same as "disastrous," of course. Yahoo Finance didn’t rely on daily or monthly updates to stay ahead of the competition, and Schultz isn’t a household name, so the average user shouldn’t even notice the change.
New Experian Hitwise stats regarding the search market in August have arrived, and truth be told, they’re not that exciting; very little changed compared to July. However, August did act as a sort of baseline for the Bing-Yahoo combo.
Experian Hitwise noted in an official statement, "The percentage of U.S. searches for the one-week ending Aug. 28, 2010 for the Bing combined powered search accounted for 24.56 percent, as Yahoo! Search and Bing received 14.32 percent and 10.24 percent, respectively."
Google has announced that it is now using OpenID for its signup process. Yahoo users can sign up for a Google Account with their existing email address.
Google says that "a much larger number of people" complete the email verification process when OpenID is used.
After wisely letting the air clear following the big Apple TV announcement (and all the comparisons to Google TV), Yahoo’s stepped forward to remind everyone that it also intends to compete in the connected TV space. Yahoo announced a partnership with a major TV manufacturer this morning.
Vestel, the TV manufacturer in question, is Europe’s largest. It claims to produce 16 percent of LCD TVs made on the continent, and 25 percent of digital set-top boxes, too.
Under the right circumstances, search engines can turn the names of a person’s city and state into ugly words; users looking for local info may have to type them over and over until they wish the founders had stuck to just two or three letters. New Yahoo search suggestions aim to eliminate that problem, though.
Yahoo announced today that it has expanded its partnership with Dex One to allow listings on Yahoo Local. "This broadens the reach of Dex One’s local advertiser network, providing their clients with greater exposure in local communities and more consumers with detailed information on local businesses," a spokesperson for Yahoo tells WebProNews.
Yahoo and Microsoft announced today that Yahoo advertisers can begin their transition to Microsoft’s adCenter.
Today is not getting off to a good start for Yahoo. NHN – which owns both the South Korean equivalent of Google and the country’s largest gaming portal – has decided to stop using the American company’s advertising tech, and its chief didn’t exactly have nice things to say when parting ways.
Canadians with an interest in real estate should now get more use out of the Yahoo homepage. Yahoo Canada has partnered with a company called Zoocasa to launch a new application that’s located right by eBay- and Facebook-related apps.
Zoocasa is supposed to be Canada’s fastest-growing real estate site, and a statement issued by Yahoo explained, "Now the more than 17 million Canadians who visit Yahoo! every month will be able to search for a new home, research local neighbourhoods and receive updates about properties that fit their personal profile . . ."
Even as Facebook and Google continue to gear up for a battle for social supremacy, Yahoo’s losing an important member of its social media team to a different organization. Neal Sample, the company’s vice president of social platforms, is taking a job at eBay.
Nielsen released its version of the U.S. search market rankings for July this week. Google is of course on top with 3 out of 5 searches (64.2%). Yahoo came in second with 14.3%, leaving Microsoft in third at 13.6%.
Yahoo and Microsoft both gained in month-over-month share (2% and 4%, respectively). This is all good for Microsoft, as Bing has now completely overtaken Yahoo’s organic results in the U.S. and Canada. We’ll see our first glimpse of how this is working out next month.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has a company called Interval Licensing, and it is suing the following eleven companies: AOL, Apple, eBay, Facebook, Google, Netflix, Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples, Yahoo, and YouTube.
The claim, filed in the U.S. District Court of the Western District of Washington, alleges that these companies have infringed upon patents held by Interval. The patents in question include:
More than half of Malaysians online visited a news/information site in July, reaching more than 5.5 million visitors, according to a new report from comScore.
Yahoo News led as the most visited site in the category reaching 1.2 million visitors, followed by the New York Times Digital with 873,000 visitors.
Last week, Yahoo announced that it had begun transitioning Bing results into Yahoo results – a product of the Search Alliance between Yahoo and Microsoft. Now, the companies have announced that the transition of organic results in the U.S. and Canada is complete.
This applies to web, image, and video search on Yahoo for both the desktop and mobile experiences of Yahoo Search.
If and when Hulu goes public, Yahoo might be interested in purchasing a significant number of shares, according to an analyst. What’s more, the company supposedly wouldn’t purchase them as a standard compound-your-worth investment, but instead to really buy into the business.
We’ll note right here: this seems to be one man’s opinion, not any sort of official plan. Also, it’s of course hard to say when Hulu will hold an IPO and what Yahoo’s financial state will be at that time.
Yahoo announced that it has released the first phase of Customer Registration for Yahoo stores. This introduces registration, sign-in, and account features for store owners to offer their customers. This way, customers can register their info for quicker checkout experiences in the future.
Customer Registration uses OpenID, which should make things even smoother for customers. They won’t have to remember new log-in info, and can simply sign in with a Yahoo, Google, or AOL account.
Microsoft announced that it has expanded negative keyword limits in adCenter. This should be of particular interest now that Yahoo and adCenter are coming together.
If you’re not familiar with negative keywords, advertisers can prevent their ads from appearing in response to certain search queries using negative keywords (specific words or phrases that help prevent ads from being displayed to customers who are unlikely to click).
Yahoo has revealed a new iPad-optimized version of Yahoo Mail.
"On the heels of our recently launched HTML5 mobile web mail for iPhone you’ll feel right at home with this experience," says Yahoo Mail Product Manager Lee Parry. "We’re keeping all the things users love about our new mobile Web mail, while optimizing it for the gorgeous large screen of the iPad."
Yahoo lists the following features of the iPad version:
Millions of mothers may soon become much better acquainted with Yahoo. Rumor has it that CafeMom, the popular site aimed at female parents, is close to being acquired by the company, although the matter of price apparently remains a significant sticking point.
According to Kara Swisher‘s anonymous sources, Yahoo’s prepared to pay $100 million. CafeMom would like to see $200 million instead, so the deal isn’t a sure thing.
Ryan Lawler at NewTeeVee points to a Bloomberg interview with HBO co-president Eric Kessler, who mentioned plans to make HBO on-demand content available on more devices like the iPad, but not for Netflix streaming, because its loyalties are with cable companies. Of course Netflix does offer HBO shows after they arrive on DVD.
Yahoo and Microsoft announced the beginning of the transition of organic search results today, but since the original announcement of the deal, it has been unclear what would happen to the Yahoo Search BOSS and SearchMonkey tools. That is because Yahoo had yet to make up its mind.
Yahoo’s mind has now been made up. BOSS will carry on, and SearchMonkey won’t.
Chitika revealed its July search stats today, which have Bing at #2 in the search market, over partner Yahoo.
"July is over, and we have stats: in looking at the full month’s traffic, Google remains unassailable in its #1 spot, and Bing beats out Yahoo! by a few percentage points for the #2 spot," the firm says. "AOL and [Ask] continue to jockey for 4th place."
Starbucks today released more details about its digital network launching this fall in the U.S. in partnership with Yahoo.
The company said Rodale, Nick Jr. Boost and DonorsChoose.org will join the previously announced content providers iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo and Zagat.
Some relatively minor tweaks have had a major impact on clickthrough rates at Yahoo, and more are on the way. Yahoo announced this afternoon that its "Trending Now" lists have been a major success, and adjustments to both them and Yahoo News are in the works.
Yahoo and Microsoft have provided an update on advertisers’ transition to adCenter as the Search Alliance gets underway.
Yahoo advertisers will soon either have to create a new adCenter account or link their Yahoo account to an existing adCenter account. Later this month, Yahoo advertisers will see an "adCenter" tab in their Yahoo Search Marketing account. This will take advertisers to the beginning of the account transition process where they’ll be walked through the steps.
U.S. representatives Ed Markey (D-Mass) and Joe Barton (R-Texas) sent a letter today to 15 companies identified in a recent Wall Street Journal investigation as installing consumer-tracking technologies to target users visiting these sites.
Chitika has provided some very interesting search market-related findings. According to the firm, Firefox is responsible for a significant amount of Google’s share. In fact, based on the sample looked at, there were more Firefox-based Google searches than total searches from Bing or Yahoo.
It’s important to note that this isn’t representative of the entire search market, but it’s an interesting finding that may indeed have bigger implications in that market.
Update: After several weeks of pubic preview, the new photo pages are now being rolled out to everyone.
Original Article: Flickr has launched a new photo page. Some elements of the page have been enlarged, or "embiggened" as Flickr puts it. Photos are now displayed in a bigger 640 pixel width and the photo page itself is wider.
As the world waits for Google TV to be unleashed this holiday season, Yahoo is doing its best to remind consumers that it already has a foot firmly in the space. The company did so when Google made its announcement, and now on the heels of a survey released by iSuppli last week, they’re at it again.
Microsoft is pissed that Yahoo Japan is going with Google rather than Bing. In fact, the company is reportedly moving to block the deal from going through.
It’s a rare person who would suggest that any online traffic report is completely accurate; most folks know stats from Hitwise, Nielsen, and the like are closer to educated guesses. But it turns out that last month, comScore got Yahoo’s June stats wrong by a significant margin, leading Yahoo to announce the problem in a press release today.
Yahoo Japan is turning to Google to power its paid and organic search engine listings. This comes as something of a surprise as Yahoo has a huge deal in place with Bing that is just getting started, but Yahoo doesn’t actually own the majority of Yahoo Japan, so that version of Yahoo gets to do its own thing.
A few days ago, a Texas-based company called InNova Patent Licensing filed an infringement lawsuit against 36 well-known companies. The company claims to hold the patent on spam filtering, and appears to be resting on the notion that any company using spam filtering owes them.
Among the companies being sued are Google, Apple, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, Yahoo, McAfee, Symantec, and Siemens. The list doesn’t stop at tech companies though. It also contains names like Frito Lay, Cinemark, J.C. Penney, Rent-A-Center, and Dr. Pepper.
Yahoo has begun testing organic and paid search listings from Microsoft. Up to 25% of its search traffic in the U.S. may see organic listings from Microsoft, and up to 3.5% may see paid listings from Microsoft adCenter. I guess you could say that the early stages of the Search Alliance’s transition have begun.
Will you place more emphasis on Bing optimization as it integrates with Yahoo Search? Let us know.
However else Yahoo’s shareholders may feel about the company’s financial situation, they can perhaps take comfort in the idea that Carol Bartz won’t be wasting lots of money on champagne and confetti today. Yahoo’s second quarter earnings report didn’t contain much news the CEO could celebrate.
Bit.ly, the URL shortener with a fish logo, might itself be snapped up in the not-too-distant future. A new report indicates that Yahoo and several other (unidentified) companies are in talks to acquire the company, although it’s not time for business card shops to send out congratulatory notes/ads just yet.
Microsoft and Yahoo have released a new video illustrating how the two companies intend to create a "powerful new choice in search" with their Search Alliance, due to begin making its way to customers before the end of the year.
There is not much in the way of news about the alliance to come from the video, but it does put its goal into a simple, easy-to-understand 2 minutes without going into all of the specifics.
Yahoo and Gannett have entered into a local advertising partnership under which all of Gannett’s 81 newspaper sites and seven of its broadcast sites will sell Yahoo advertising.
The partnership expands Yahoo’s Newspaper Consortium which includes more than 800 newspapers and has sold more than 40,000 local ad campaigns.
More than 177 million U.S. Internet users watched video content in June, according to the latest report from comScore.
Google sites, driven by video viewing on YouTube, ranked as the top video content property with 144.5 million unique viewers, followed by Yahoo sites (44.9 million viewers) and Vevo (43.7 million viewers).
Yahoo and Zillow.com have partnered to create a real estate advertising network, bringing together the second and third most trafficked property websites.
The move expands on existing partnership between Yahoo and Zillow that began in 2006, when Yahoo integrated Zillow’s home valuations on its own real estate site. The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Bing had the most search growth for the month of June, growing 7 percent month- over-month to capture 9.85 percent of the U.S. search market, according to the latest figures released by Hitwise.
Google accounted for 71.65 percent of the search market, but saw a one percent drop in growth month-over-month. Yahoo’s search growth was flat, accounting for 14.37 percent of the market and Ask captured 2.19 percent of the search market, with 2 percent growth month-over-month.