Microsoft objects to our contention that its new search engine, Kumo, is doomed. Specifically, Microsoft thinks we are making the common analytical mistake of extrapolating our own experience to the overall population:
“Kumo” it is–at least for the internal beta test. We’ll withhold the Bronx cheer for the name (Better than Windows HotLive Search or whatever the current branding is, but hardly blows our socks off). More importantly, the search interface looks just like…a search interface.
At this point, we’ll settle for anything…
Standards about “fair” excerpting of online content are still evolving, and different sites have different policies. Recent high-profile cases like GateHouse suing the New York Times and the Chicago Reader blasting Huffington Post have brought the issue front and centre. (Brian Stelter discusses the issue in today’s New York Times.)
Spencer Ante at BusinessWeek gets some additional colour on why Facebook’s play for Twitter failed. Something about Facebook trying to pretend that Facebook’s stock was worth twice what the market said it was worth:
Here in the United States, the growing brouhaha over skilled immigrants (the H-1B program) has resulted in new restrictions on institutions taking TARP money from hiring non-American workers.
It seems Marissa’s staying at Google–at least for now.
Recently I interviewed Jason Kilar, CEO of the very hot (and very unusual) video start up Hulu. (If you want more on what Hulu is, check out his introduction of it at our CM Summit last June). Hulu is funded by NBC and Fox, and Jason comes from Amazon, and […]
Yahoo’s bankers (YHOO), presumably, are of the view that they gave Jerry Yang the board great advice…which they then ignored. Which is plausible.
New Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz is already shaking up the place. She’s fired up the troops. She’s fired up the media. She’s whacked hideous bureaucracy. She’s emphasised the need to make tough decisions quickly. She’s focused on improving the product.
Earlier this week, we wondered if the departure of IBM’s (IBM) “Metaverse Evangelist” means the company is scaling back its interest in virtual worlds and Second Life. We haven’t heard much from the group in months, which only added to our speculation.
Remember November? When every analyst on Wall Street had given up on Yahoo (YHOO) and the nabobs were certain that the stock was headed straight to $6? Bet you’re glad you didn’t listen to those people.
Is Windows Vista the biggest tech flop of recent times?
Microsoft’s (MSFT) Windows 7, out possibly as early as September, has received generally positive early reviews.
It was reorg day in Internet land. Kara Swisher grabs the latest memo, from Greg Coleman at AOL. (Greg Coleman, you’ll recall, used to be a Yahoo. He was brought in about a month ago, and Lynda Clarizio was unceremoniously dumped).
Yahoo (YHOO) CFO Blake Jorgensen’s departure comes as a surprise. A couple details, via a report by UBS’s Ben Schachter:
A few afternoon tech items worth noting:
Sixteen minutes after Yahoo announced that CFO Blake Jorgensen was leaving, new CEO Carol Bartz published a post on Yahoo’s official blog, titled “Getting our house in order.”
The sooner Microsoft (MSFT) gets Windows 7 out the door (maybe as soon as September), the sooner it puts the Vista bomb behind it.
Microsoft (MSFT) recently laid off 1400 employees with an eye towards a total headcount reduction of up to 5000 jobs, the largest job cuts in its history.
Here’s what Microsoft (MSFT) should offer GPS device maker TomTom, which it’s suing for patent infringement: A grant of full licence to the eight patents under dispute for a penny a year, plus an NDA binding both sites to not discuss the case publicly.
Today at investors conference, Yahoo CFO Blake Jorgensen told an audience that Yahoo “isn’t opposed” to a search deal.
What? Is Battelle crazy? Hear me out. Think back when YouTube was growing like a weed, and Google snapped it up. Most folks (including me) saw this as Google “getting into the video business,” and sure, that in fact was one part of the equation. But as we all know, […]
A tipster tells us, and we have confirmed, the Citi.com is down, or at least it was at 4:36. Is this a sign of things to come?
Security fears are scaring companies away from cloud computing. And while IT execs generally think highly of the cloud idea in abstract, over 80% of companies not yet on the cloud have no plans to integrate “any form of cloud computing” over the next 12 months.
OK, we don’t even remember Google (GOOG) having a delicious-clone called “Google Shared Stuff.” And in a nutshell, that’s the problem was the unused, unloved service.
Google (GOOG) is offering up a few scant details on yesterday’s four-hour gmail failure:
Author Roy Blount, president of the Authors Guild, is outraged about Amazon’s Kindle 2: Its computer-generated voice is so good, Roy says, that it might put audiobooks out of business! And Amazon isn’t paying publishers or authors for audio rights!
Another sign that Microsoft (MSFT) doesn’t just have Windows 7 on the fast track — it’s on the autobahn.
Yahoo’s top mobile exec Marco Boerries will leave the company. The EVP for the Connected Device Division joined Yahoo with the acquisition of VerdiSoft in 2005.
Wired is providing gavel to gavel coverage of the entertainment industry’s attempt to shut down Pirate Bay:
During my brief stint as a Second Life business reporter — there to track the growth of the virtual economy in the 2007 heyday — a lot of my stories centered on the fact that Second Life actually didn’t seem to be a very good place to do business at […]
Another major outage at Google’s (GOOG) Gmail overnight, with the service going down for about four hours.
Remember Yahoo’s boneheaded refusal of that excellent takeover offer from Microsoft? So do we. We also remember how our shares in the company immediately plummeted from $30 to $10 when Yahoo finally blew the deal and Microsoft walked away.
Earlier this morning Microsoft (MSFT) CEO Steve Ballmer and CFO Chris Liddell gave their annual mid-year “strategic update” to Wall Street (read SAI’s minute-by-minute coverage) and told analysts that Office 14 “will not be this year.”
Yahoo’s new CEO Carol Bartz is even admired by those she canned. Here’s an email sent to Kara Swisher by a former Sun employee:
Over the weekend, it surfaced that Microsoft (MSFT) overpaid severance to some of its laid off employees, and sent them a letter asking them for it back in the form of a check payable to “Microsoft Corporation.”
We’ve known for a while Microsoft’s (MSFT) ad platform is a mess, something even new online chief Qi Lu acknowledges and pledges to fix.
Kara Swisher has a long post on who’s in and who’s out at Yahoo after new CEO Carol Bartz’s re-org.
Is IBM (IBM) finally done with Second Life?
Collins Stewart analyst Sandeep Aggarwal cuts his Google (GOOG) estimates based on anecdotes of weakness at the London Search Engine Strategies conference. We expect to see Google estimates continue to come down as analysts realise that the company will be hard pressed to grow revenue 11% in 2009 and 17% […]
Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz plans to elevate ad boss Hilary Schneider to head of North American operations, the WSJ says. It’s a big promotion. Is Hilary the right exec for this job?
Statistics whiz kid Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight.com developed a cult following during the 2008 presidential election with some of the best (and most prescient) poll-tracking around.
Reports say new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz’s big re-org will come this week. Details are firming up:
Most folks have figured out that those emails from the daughters of dead Nigerian generals aren’t legit.
What a screw-up.
Fortune has a long recap of Facebook’s story so far — lots of rehash.
Since it burst onto the scene almost a decade ago, Google (GOOG) has grown revenue in three ways:
OK, we got some cheap laughs when we learned a Windows virus called ‘Conficker’ penetrated French military networks and grounded the French Air Force. Then last week when Microsoft (MSFT) declared it was offering a $250,000 reward for the arrest and conviction of the masterminds behind Conficker, we assumed the […]
We’ve heard of giving up red meat, candy, or cigarettes for Lent, but Facebook?
In Biologist, the journal of the Institute of Biology, a Dr. Aric Sigman says that because they isolate us and prevent face-to-face interaction, use of social networks like Facebook and MySpace can lead to increased risk of cancer, strokes, heart disease, and dementia.
Is Microsoft (MSFT) rushing Windows 7 out the door?
We’re unimpressed by the brouhaha surrounding Facebook’s recent terms of service gaffe.
How can a troubled corp save money? Well, it can force unpaid time off on employees, like Cisco (CSCO) or Dell (DELL). There’s the mass layoff option, happening at too many companies to list, most notably Microsoft (MSFT).
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People are very upset about Facebook’s terms of service.
How to do you beat off a patent troll? You can post a $50,000 reward for anyone who can help your prove your case. Or you can band together with industry partners and start an open-source IP repository a la IBM’s (IBM) “Linux Defenders.”
Obama’s pick to head the Justice Department’s antitrust unit, Christine Varney, believes that Google has a monopoly in search and will soon have a monopoly in cloud computing and that the government should act aggressively to prevent monopolies. So will she try to break Google up?
Over in Europe, antitrust officials are just now gearing up an investigation into Microsoft (MSFT) for bundling IE with Windows. But in Obama’s America, when it comes to antitrust, Google (GOOG) is the new Microsoft.
Last month we reported a potentially important change in search-market share trends: After years of steady decline, Yahoo’s domestic share numbers (YHOO) had increased for five months in a row. Well, the good news continued in January, with Yahoo’s share jumping a half-point to 21%, per comScore.
Barclay’s analyst Doug Anmuth thinks Google is considering ditching its disappointing $900 million search-monetization deal with MySpace. If so, good riddance. Google has had a devil of a time making the deal work economically, and there’s no need to throw good money after bad.
The economic meltdown is slowing the rate of broadband conversions around the U.S., says Om Malik.