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Google seems to be eking out a major new tweak to its search results. Reportedly spotted by several users, the search pages are now displaying semantic data nestled to the right of the regular results. Such information tries to tie in relevant facts related to the subject of your searc...
The Yahoo board has until high noon today (Monday) to fired CEO Scott Thompson for cause and to can his confederate in the now infamous “ResumeGate,” board member Patti Hart, or else. Yahoo’s biggest shareholder Third Point, which is also engaged in a proxy fight with the company ove...
The US Department of the Interior has moved its e-mail business to Google, which sued when the agency gave Microsoft a five-year $59.3 million cloud-based e-mail contract in 2010 claiming the department’s research was “stale” and Microsoft’s security wasn’t certified for government use...
Ah, it seems that Yahoo’s new master Scott Thompson fudged his resume and claimed that his bachelors’ degree from Stonehill College was in accounting and computer science when it was really only in accounting. The college didn’t even offer a computer science degree when he was there....
The web is fundamentally changing the way we work – is your company ready? Intrigued by how more than 4 million businesses are using Google’s cloud to work in the future? Join us as we bring Google’s highly anticipated annual gathering of business leaders together to hear: Industry e...
With the dint of the patent wars in its ears Twitter has turned pacifist. It figures engineers and designers should control the decision to use their work in infringement suits. It’s put together a draft Innovators Patent Agreement (IPA) that commits it to using patents only for de...
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Schahram Dustdar, Advisory Board member at Pacific Controls, will discuss how smart systems and machine-to-machine communications will evolve in the era of cloud computing and the critical role analytics will play in value creation. ...
In his session at the 10th International Cloud Expo, Glen Allmendinger, Advisory Board member at Pacific Controls, will discuss the new business models and profit models that the convergence of cloud computing and smart systems are informing. Glen Allmendinger is Advisory Board member...
The Amazon cloud now has a beta Amazon CloudSearch and it’s notably not Google or anybody else’s search. It leverages the A9 technology that powers search for Amazon.com so it’s described as fast, fully managed and highly scalable. Amazon says businesses can integrate it into their ...
Rather than pay a cash dividend, which is culturally repugnant to so-called growth stocks, Google said late Thursday, after posting better-than-expected results, that it would repay its stockholders, who must be dizzy from all its up and down movement, by giving them more non-voting st...
Yahoo’s still wet-behind-the-ears CEO Scott Thompson, who just laid off 2,000 Yahoos to save $375 million a year, has laid out the gist of the expected reorg he has in mind for the joint, and naturally his internal memo escaped into the wild. Whether there’s a redemptive strategy in ...
Any Web browser has local cache, and everyone knows that its goal is to minimize the number of network requests by caching locally some resources like images or even the program code. The google.com home page opens blazing fast? Sure, because the browser loads it from your disk cache, ...
Yahoo said Wednesday morning that its restructuring would cost an initial 2,000 Yahoos their jobs. That's ~14% of its workforce. The pink slips are just going out and further cuts are thought to be in store for the company. In a statement CEO Scott Thompson said, "Today's actions are ...
Hmm, that’s curious. Fortune noticed that Vertica, the analytic database management software that HP bought early last year for ~$350 million, has been quietly shifted out from under Autonomy and its boss Mike Lynch, who was given information management to run when HP closed on the $10...
Yahoo said late Sunday that it has named three independent board members in an attempt to foil Third Point, its largest stockholder, from staging a proxy fight at the next stockholders meeting whenever that is. Third Point said it offered “several significant compromises to strike a ...
Zetta.net, a provider of enterprise-grade online backup and disaster recovery solutions, has unveiled the next generation of its flagship cloud service. Zetta DataProtect 3.0 brings enterprise-grade cloud data protection for small and mid-size enterprises in a single managed service t...
Open source cloud infrastructure automation specialist Opscode has gotten a $19.5 million C round from new backer Ignition Partners with follow-on investments from existing financiers Battery Ventures and Draper Fisher Jurvetson. The new money means the not-yet-four-year-old start-up...
The Dow Jones blog All Things Digital, which is known to have the very best Yahoo sources, said Monday that the company’s new CEO Scott Thompson is going to massively restructure the joint, slashing thousands from the payroll in search of growth. Thompson has hired the Boston Consult...
Another front opened in the mushrooming patent wars late Monday when Yahoo accused Facebook of infringing its patents and threatened to sue if Facebook doesn’t pay licensing fees. Facebook is in the early throes of a giant $75 billion-$100 billion IPO, which is supposed to explai...
Yahoo’s critical negotiations with Alibaba to sell part of its stake in Alibaba back to the Chinese company have collapsed according to All Things Digital, a report later confirmed by CNBC. Apparently the collapse includes Yahoo’s parallel and intertwined negotiations with Softbank t...
After the market closed Tuesday, Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang, who’s been generally considered a pimple on the ass of progress since turning down Microsoft’s handsome $44.6 billion offer for Yahoo four years ago, resigned from the Yahoo board and “all other positions with the company.” ...
IP-short Google has gone back to the Big Blue well again for another 217 patents and patent applications. The transaction turned up in a search of the US Patent and Trademark Office’s patent assignment database the other day by SEO by the Sea, the blog that has been keeping tabs on ...
As organizations consider the benefits of bringing high-quality search to the workplace, it’s critical to assess the various factors influencing the ROI they seek. Google search solutions can add to your ROI and boost your bottom line when searching intranets, content systems and appli...
Yahoo is reportedly moving ahead with the idea of selling off a minority stake to a private equity company. The Wall Street Journal claimed Tuesday that Yahoo wants to have a deal in place by Christmas. Otherwise it will pursue other alternatives. The paper said Yahoo has gotten offe...
Microsoft has signed an NDA with Yahoo so it can look at its books, the New York Times reported Wednesday citing a person briefed on the matter. The move could translate into Redmond making a bid for the dysfunctional portal. Microsoft apparently got around Yahoo’s “no crosstalk” st...
Yahoo is reportedly proving itself the stickiest of creatures. After putting itself on the block, it now supposedly doesn’t want to get bought – again – like some nasty reprise of the Microsoft fiasco. Instead it maybe wants to sell its Asian assets – its positions in Alibaba and Y...
Microsoft might take another whack at buying Yahoo. Having been saved by happenstance from overpaying for the joint in 2008, the Wall Street Journal reported late Wednesday that Microsoft, private equity house Silver Lake Partners and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board, one of ...
Guess Yahoo is in the market for a new cloud/Hadoop chief having lost its chief cloud architect Todd Papaioannou to Battery Ventures where he will be entrepreneur in residence. He was only at Yahoo 14 months. According to what he told GigaOm, which broke the news, internal IT holds...
MPEG LA, the royalty-collecting agency for AVC/H.264 and other multimedia codecs, told Streaming Media that 12 patent holders have responded to its call for submissions from folks who think the VP8 video codec, a key element in Google’s “royalty-free” WebM codec widgetry, infringes on ...
Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt has been delegated to go and testify before the US Senate’s antitrust subcommittee in September. Google has been reluctant to send any of its managers but then the Senate reminded Google that it had subpoena powers. Google had offered its chie...
Google has confirmed in a regulatory filing that the Federal Trade Commission means to investigate its search and advertising business for abusing its dominance like the European Commission is doing. It got the subpoena last Thursday, the day the Wall Street Journal reported that the...
Google’s been sued in Paris for anti-competitive behavior by 1plusV, a French specialty search firm that also complained to the European Commission last year and again this year about the search giant’s alleged habit of blocking rivals and depriving them ad revenues by manipulating sea...
Opera founder Jon von Tetzchner is leaving the company because of differences with the board. He wrote in an e-mail to Opera staff that “It has become clear that the board, management and I do not share the same values and we do not have the same opinions on how to keep evolving Oper...
The shoe that’s been dangling at the end of Washington’s toe for ever so long has finally dropped, according to the Wall Street Journal. The Federal Trade Commission is reportedly ready to serve Google with civil subpoenas, kicking off what the paper says will be a “wide-ranging, for...
Those who are into search engine optimization typically do a lot of activities to enhance the web visibility of the client’s website. They will change the meta tags, particularly the title, description, keywords, and the alt tags. They will change the HTML coding of the page to make it...
The Federal Trade Commission is going ahead with an antitrust investigation of Google, according to Bloomberg. The wire service reports talking to three people “familiar with the matter” who said that the FTC has told “hi-tech companies to gather information for the probe.” The sto...
Google has formed a new group called WebM Community Cross License initiative in order to protect its WebM video codec from patent attacks. Under this collaboration, group members will license WebM-related patents to each other under royalty-free terms. So far sixteen companies are invo...
Google is losing its product development chief Jonathan Rosenberg, who reportedly felt he couldn’t give the company’s brand new retread CEO Larry Page the open-ended commitment to stay on the job that Page wanted. Or so the story goes. Rosenberg was planning to leave in 2013 when his ...
Google got its way. The Justice Department isn’t going to oppose its $700 million acquisition of ITA Software, which provides the data for airline tickets to airlines and online travel companies, a purchase the agency has been reviewing since last July. But unlike Google’s equally o...
Remember way back when the Internet first became popular? Its main use seemed to be downloading videos of monkeys doing weird things and people having accidents on their skateboards? The Internet was young and it was fun. Then things got serious. The Internet had to get a job, move ...


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