Archive for March, 2009

Google Bans Tethering App From Android Market (PC World via Yahoo! News)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

A developer is reporting that Google has banned his tethering application from the Android Market, one of the first hints that the store may not be as open as Google has promised.

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Google Killer Killed (New York Times)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

When Jimmy Wales, the driving force behind the hugely successful Wikipedia, rolled out Wikia Search, a community-built search engine, 15 months ago, he said that his goal was to build a ?Google-quality search engine? over time.

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Another Yahoo to GoVenkat Panchapakesan on His Way Out (AllThingsD Online via Yahoo! Finance)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

At least, he’s not going to Microsoft ! But, nonetheless, sources said another major Yahoo tech exec and a longtime company veteran, Venkat Panchapakesan , EVP of the Audience Technology Group, is readying his departure from the company.

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Microsoft hires Yahoo exec to head online services data-center unit (Seattle Times)

Tuesday, March 31st, 2009

Microsoft hired Yahoo executive Dayne Sampson for its online services data-center unit as the software-maker tries to compete with Google.

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Industry Moves: Another Yahoo Exec Jumps To Microsoft; At Least 10 Poached So Far (paidContent.org via Yahoo! Finance)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Another week, another search executive leaves Yahoo and joins Microsoft . Dayne Sampson, Yahoo’s vice president of operations for search and advertising, will join Microsoft’s Global Foundation Services Group, which deals with the backend of Microsoft’s online properties, including search, according to AllThingD.

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Google to Offer Free Downloads in China (New York Times)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

With the music service, which it offers nowhere else, Google is trying to gain market share.

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Yahoo Net service comes to Samsung TVs (CNET)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

Samsung TVs sporting Yahoo Web-browsing technology now are for sale. Models from Vizio, Sony, and LG Electronics are coming later.

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March ?09 Yahoo Search Update (Search Engine Land)

Monday, March 30th, 2009

SEOs and Webmasters are noticing major shifts in the Yahoo Search results over the weekend. I reported the threads discussing the changes at the Search Engine Roundtable and noted that Yahoo has yet to post a ?weather report? on this update at the Yahoo Search Blog .

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You can?t blame Google for collecting user statistics (Financial Times)

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

Sir, While I agree that there are inherent dangers with any organisation collecting any amount of data on an individual, much of the commentary on Google?s plans to target its advertising (report, March 12) ignores two simple facts.

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Despite layoffs, Google looks to fill about 360 openings (Boston Globe)

Sunday, March 29th, 2009

SAN FRANCISCO – Google Inc. is hiring to fill about 360 jobs, even after it announced plans to lay off almost 200 sales and marketing employees in its third round of job cuts this year.

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