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Yahoo Introduces Weekend Edition

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."

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Yahoo and Nielsen Research the “Smarter Marketing Mix”

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. 

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Google And Microsoft Partner With The Ad Council On Teen Internet Safety

The Ad Council has launched the “Internet Safety Coalition,” in an effort to educate teens about how to be smart about what they post and share online.

The Internet Safety Coalition members include big names such as Google, Microsoft, Yahoo, IBM, Verizon Wireless, AT&T, AOL, Comcast, the Interactive Advertising Bureau, MySpace and MTV Networks, among others.

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Yahoo Expands Connected TV To Europe With Samsung

Yahoo and Samsung have expanded the availability of Yahoo Connected TV to 26 countries in Europe, bringing the total to 39 countries globally.

Yahoo Connected TV on Samsung televisions allow people to access video content on YouTube, view headlines and videos on Sky News and Bild news, view photos from Flickr, find travel deals on Teletext Holidays, shop on eBay, play games from PlayJam, create a personal channel of music videos on Putpat, or connect with friends on Facebook and Twitter.

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Flickr Moves To Accommodate Google IDs

Yahoo-owned photo-sharing service Flickr is getting more flexible with regards to how users can sign in.  The site has started to support OpenID, and Google is its first partner in this endeavor.

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Microsoft, Yahoo Complete Search Transition in the U.S. and Canada

Microsoft and Yahoo have completed their "Search Alliance" transition in the U.S. and Canada. 

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Yahoo Mail Goes Social With Facebook and Twitter

Yahoo has launched Yahoo Mail Beta, which the company boasts is twice as fast and offers more social networking connectivity from directly within the inbox.

 Users can opt-in to try Yahoo Mail Beta.  The new mail service allows users to view and share updates from Twitter and Facebook without having to leave the inbox. An automatic slideshow feature allows people to see photos and videos from sites like Flickr, Picasa, and YouTube from within their email messages.

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Buzz Names Ross Levinsohn As New Yahoo Exec

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.

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AmEx and Yahoo Partner on Small Business Resources

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.

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Yahoo Answers Just Got More Valuable for Businesses

Yahoo has released a new mobile version of Yahoo Answers. For users, this means a more convenient way to access what I believe is the biggest Answers site on the web from their mobile phones in an optimized, less painful fashion. With Yahoo Answers for mobile, users can:

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Yahoo Delivers Passable Earnings Report

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.)

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Can Yahoo Pull Off a Facebook-Like Invasion of the Web?

According to sources unnamed by the Wall Street Journal, Yahoo is going to introduce something called Y Connect, which would essentially be copying Facebook, not only in name, but in concept. This would be a Facebook Connect-like product that allows third party sites to let users access their Yahoo contacts info, much like you can do with your Facebook friends on a growing number of sites on the web. 

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Yahoo Adds New Features To Its Finance And Sports Pages

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.


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Yahoo Partners With Ram Truck On Country Music Site

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.


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Reports Name Yahoo A Takeover Target (Again)

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.

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September Search Report Tells Of Yahoo Stumble

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.

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Facebook Falls To Yahoo In Online Video

comScore Video Metrix has released its September online video rankings finding that 175 million U.S. Internet viewers watched online video during the month for an average of 14.4 hours.

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Yahoo Rolls Out More Mobile Search Improvements

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 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.

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Carol Bartz Makes List Of Overpaid CEOs

Since Carol Bartz became Yahoo’s CEO in mid-January of last year, the company’s performance has been less than stellar.  Bartz has still raked in plenty of cash and stock options, though, earning her a place on a list of overpaid CEOs.

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Bing Sees Big Growth In Paid Search

The U.S. paid search market saw spending increase 5.8 percent year-over-year in the third quarter, with July growing 4.9 percent, August 5.8 percent and September 6.7 percent, according to a new report from SearchIgnite.

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Yahoo: Our Version of Instant Too Early For its Time

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. 

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Acquisition Buzz Links Yahoo, Groupon

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."

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Bing And Yahoo Lose Search Share In September

 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.

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Bartz Labels Facebook Potential Biggest Competitor

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.

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Yahoo Sets Target Dates For Final Bing Ad Transition

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.

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Yahoo Rolls Out New Search Features

Yahoo has introduced new search features with an emphasis on helping users access  entertainment and news content in a more streamlined fashion.

Yahoo has added 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.

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Yahoo Announces Android Deals With Sprint, T-Mobile

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.

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Yahoo Acquires Display Ad Specialist Dapper

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.

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Should Google Buy Twitter, Yahoo Merge with AOL?

There is a lot of talk going on about what should or shouldn’t happen among prominent Internet companies (as opposed to what actually is happening). For example, a lot of people have been saying Google should buy Twitter. In many ways, such move would make a great deal of sense for Google, who is looking to up the ante on the social front. Twitter combined with YouTube would be huge for such an initiative. John Battelle makes a case for why this is pretty unlikely though.

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Facebook Second Only To YouTube For Video Viewing

comScore said today that 178 million U.S. Internet users watched online video in August for an average of 14.3 hours per viewer.

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More Execs Thought To Be Leaving Yahoo

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.

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Report: Yahoo Media VP To Quit

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.

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Yahoo and Ad Council Launch “Create for a Cause” Contest

Yahoo and the Ad Council have announced the launch of the 2010 "Create for a Cause" contest. The competition looks to highlight the best and most creative in non-profit-focused digital advertising.   

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Yahoo Advertising Solutions Portal Launches

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.

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Yahoo Patents May Cover Google Instant

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.

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Yahoo Opens Data Center In Lockport, New York

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.

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Yahoo Engineer Calculates Two Quadrillionth Bit Of Pi

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.

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Yahoo And Microsoft Make Small Search Gains

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.

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Yahoo Readies New Mail and Search Features, iPad App, Custom Ads, and More

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. 

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Carol Bartz Predicts iAds Failure

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."

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Yahoo Announces Connected TV Partnership with Toshiba

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. 

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What Yahoo’s New Hires Are Responsible For

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. 

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Yahoo Finance Incorporates Bloomberg Content

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.

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Microsoft Extends adCenter Support Hours During Transition

Microsoft just announced that it is extending its support hours for adCenter during its paid search transition. 

"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. 

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Bing Takes #2 Spot in Search, Even Without Yahoo’s Help

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. 

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Yahoo Aims to Appeal to Gmail, Hotmail Users

Yahoo really wants to make sure it keeps people using its email service. It particularly wants to make sure it doesn’t lose too many people to Google or Microsoft. 

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Yahoo Launches Political Site For November Elections

Yahoo News has launched “Ask America,” a new interactive and social website focused on the November 2010 elections.

The site asks Americans to share their opinions on issues playing a role in the midterm elections, including the economy, immigration, national security, energy and environment, culture and media, the courts, and the state of the union.

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Yahoo Finance Chief Finds New Employer

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.

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Yahoo, Bing Start Off With Combined 25% Share

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."

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Google Lets Users Sign Up With Yahoo Accounts

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. 

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Yahoo Scores Deal With Europe’s Largest TV Maker

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.

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Yahoo Search Assist Becomes Geo-Sensitive

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.

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Implications of New Gowalla Feature, Facebook Gift Cards

Gowalla has launched a new feature called "highlights" which it describes as "little rewards you can give to places that are important to your life". MG Siegler talks about the potential significance of such a feature.

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Yahoo Expands Local Listing Partnership with Dex One

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.

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Yahoo Advertisers Can Begin Transitioning to Microsoft adCenter

Yahoo and Microsoft announced today that Yahoo advertisers can begin their transition to Microsoft’s adCenter.

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Yahoo To Lose Major Ad Deal In South Korea

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.

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Yahoo Canada Partners With Zoocasa

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 . . ."

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Yahoo’s VP Of Social Platforms Turns To eBay

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.

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Why Are People Searching Less Than They Were a Year Ago?

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.

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Microsoft Co-Founder Sues Google, AOL, eBay, Facebook, Netflix, Yahoo, Apple, Etc.

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:

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Yahoo Top News Site In Malaysia

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.

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Yahoo Fights For “Search Engine” Label

Yahoo’s search results may now be accompanied by a "Powered by Bing" tagline, but the company remains adamant that it hasn’t exited the search race.  Shashi Seth, SVP of Yahoo Search Products, protested the idea in a recent blog post.

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Yahoo Completes Bing Transition for Organic Results (in US and Canada)

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.

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Yahoo to Make Mobile Presence Felt in Brazil

Yahoo announced a partnership with TIM Brasil, one of Brazil’s largest mobile carriers. The partnership will see Yahoo powering the search experience on TIM’s mobile portal. Yahoo will also provide links to various Yahoo mobile services.

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Microsoft Increases Bing Crawl Rates

Microsoft announced today that it is making some ad relevance improvements, namely, a temporary increase in Bing crawl rates. The adCenter team writes:

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Analyst Suggests Yahoo Interested In Hulu Stake

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.

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Yahoo Lets Store Owners Offer Customer Registration

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.

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Microsoft adCenter Expands Negative Keyword Limits

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).

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Yahoo Launches iPad-Optimized Yahoo Mail

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:

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Yahoo, CafeMom Understood To Be In Acquisition Talks

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.

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HBO to iPad? An iPad 2? More Storage for PS3?

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.

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Yahoo: BOSS in, SearchMonkey Out

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.

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Bing Finally Comes to Yahoo

Yahoo users (in the U.S. and Canada) will start seeing Bing results for organic searches this week. Yahoo and Microsoft announced that the transition is starting, and that the paid search transition is in the middle of testing.

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Report: Bing Leaps Over Yahoo in the Search Market

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."

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Starbucks Adds More Partners For Digital Network

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 will join the previously announced content providers iTunes, The New York Times, Patch, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Yahoo and Zagat.

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Yahoo Readies More Search-Related Add-Ons

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.

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Yahoo’s Organic Results Will Be Bing-Powered By Late August

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.

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Lawmakers Question Yahoo, AOL And MySpace Over Online Tracking

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.

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How Important is Firefox in the Battle for Search Market Share?

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.

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Flickr Photo Pages Get a Change in Design

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.

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Yahoo Expects Millions of OEM TVs/CE Devices to Ship with Yahoo in 2010 and 2011

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.

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Microsoft Doesn’t Plan to Let Yahoo and Google Do Their Thing in Japan

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.

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Report: Google Has Twice the Malware of Bing, Yahoo, and Twitter Put Together

According to a report released by Barracuda Labs, Google has twice as much malware than Bing, Yahoo, and Twitter put together. The study was conducted across these web properties over a two-month period.

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Personal Facebook Info Reportedly Leaked, Gawker Invades Zuckerberg’s Privacy reports that a directory containing personal details of over 100 million Facebook users has surfaced on a file-sharing site. That’s about a fifth of Facebook’s total user base.

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Yahoo Exposes Error In comScore Stats

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.

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Yahoo Goes Google Instead of Bing in Japan

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.

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Google, Apple, Yahoo, AOL, Dell, HP, RIM, McAfee, Symantec, Siemens Sued Over Spam Filtering

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.

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Yahoo Now Including Bing Results – Tips for Optimizing

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.

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Flickr Updates iPhone App to Utilize iOS 4 Capabilities, Adds Twitter Sharing

Flickr has released an updated version of its iPhone app, specifically targeting new features of the iPhone 4 like multi-tasking and support for HD-video uploads.

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Bing’s New Webmaster Tools Are Here

At SMX Advanced last month, Microsoft announced that Bing would redesign its Webmaster Tools this summer. The new version is now available.

Bing Webmaster Tools Senior Product Manager Anthony M. Garcia summarizes the changes:

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Yahoo Comes Up Shy With Q2 Earnings Report

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.

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ThinkEquity Bestows “Buy” Rating On Yahoo

One day ahead of Yahoo’s second quarter earnings report, a financial firm has suggested that investors give the company their support – and their money.  ThinkEquity upgraded its rating on Yahoo from "Hold" to "Buy."

Read More Acquisition Rumored Possible, 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.

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Video Viewing And Social Networking Continue To Grow

Consumers have been streaming more movies and TV shows than a year ago (12 percent and 5 percent more, respectively), according to new research from Interpret.

Netflix has significantly increased its share of the streaming video market, up 36 percent from the first quarter of 2009. Streaming continues to be the main way for viewing content online, as downloading TV and movies has remained flat.

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Yahoo/Microsoft Search Alliance in Cartoon Form

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.

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Yahoo And Gannett In Local Advertising Deal

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.

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YouTube And Yahoo Top Video Sites In June

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).

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comScore: Yahoo Loses “Time Spent” Fight

June did not go at all well for Yahoo, judging by new statistics from comScore.  In fact, at least in terms of time spent on the company’s properties, June was terrible, with Yahoo managing to set a couple of records of the wrong sort.

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Yahoo And Zillow Partner On Real Estate Ad Deal

Yahoo and 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.

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Bing Captures Bigger Share Of U.S. Search Market

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.


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