Back when the Microsoft and Yahoo search and advertising deal was announced, people (particularly developers) were left wondering what would become of such Yahoo projects as Searchmonkey and BOSS. These things let developers build upon Yahoo’s search technology.
Carol Bartz is five days away from her one-year anniversary as Yahoo’s CEO, and in that time, she feels she’s done a fairly decent job of leading the company. In a recent interview, Bartz graded her performance as B- material.
Bartz indicated to Brian Womack that speed (or actually, a lack thereof) might have been her biggest problem. She said "she could have moved faster to reorganize the company and strike a Web-search agreement with Microsoft," Womack reported.
The odds of the Google Book settlement being approved – at least if the process comes down to a popularity contest – decreased again this week. The National Writers Union, American Society of Journalists and Authors, and Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America objected to it.
Update: According to reports, it took Google about six minutes to gather it’s "real-time" search results for a San Franciso earthquake.
AOL’s current search deal with Google is set to end in December, and when it expires, there’s no guarantee that AOL will stick with the search giant. Today, AOL CEO Tim Armstrong implied that he’s weighing his options.
Google announced today that it has released chat in the Google Translator Toolkit.
"Collaboration is an important part of translation," says Kartik Singh, Software Engineer for the Translator Toolkit. "Whether you work with editors to translate documents, customers to clarify terms or project managers to meet deadlines, working with other translators is key to making high-quality translations."
Today, Yahoo proved that it’s all about bringing together TVs and the Internet, and also that it has plenty of allies in that mission. The company announced new partnerships, a wide release of the Widget Developer Kit, and a significant range of new TV widget providers and content.
France is considering a proposal to tax online advertising revenues earned by companies such as Google.
The proposal would extend to other companies such as Microsoft and Yahoo and would put an end to "enrichment without any limit or compensation," newspaper Liberation quoted Guillaume Cerutti, one of the supporters of the proposal, as saying.
Squeaky wheels may get a little grease, but apparently, it’s better still to be an angry and litigious shareholder. Following Google’s acquisition offer to On2 in August, On2 shareholders complained, and now, they may receive an extra $26.5 million for their trouble.
Google’s given its presentation, tech reviewers have had their say, and, after months of buildup, the Nexus One should soon start appearing in the real world. So how – in a sales sense – will it fare? According to a Barclays Capital analyst, the Nexus One will be a rather hot item.