Posted tagged ‘Yahoo!’

Casey Anthony: Mother, Daughter Among Top-Searched Controversial Halloween Costumes

October 14, 2011

According to Yahoo!, Casey and Caylee Anthony are two of the top-searched controversial Halloween costumes for 2011.

From WKMG:

Casey Anthony’s acquittal in the murder trial of her daughter, Caylee, shocked the U.S., and Yahoo! says that “real life is oftentimes scarier than the fictional one portrayed on television and in the movies.”

Yahoo! also says that “real life is often the catalyst for controversial Halloween costumes.” Casey Anthony is currently out of jail and on probation for unrelated charges.

The No. 1 most-searched controversial costume on Yahoo! is Charlie Sheen, but the Casey and Caylee Anthony pair is second on the list.

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Rumor: Apple May Buy Hulu

July 22, 2011

If rumors are true, it appears that Apple could be considering a purchase of popular online video service Hulu.

From CNN:

The Hulu rumor mill was already heating up over the past few days — we reported about a bidding war for Hulu, which is shopping itself around to potential acquirers after deciding not to go through with a $2 billion IPO.

Sweetening the deal is a promise of five years of programming for Hulu’s highest bidder, including two years of exclusivity for the programming on Hulu, consisting of content from the Walt Disney Company, News Corp. and Comcast’s NBC Universal.

While Microsoft is reportedly not interested in a second round of bidding for the online video company, Yahoo is still in play.

Topeka Now Google, Kansas

March 3, 2010

In a formal proclamation yesterday, Mayor Bill Bunten announced that Topeka will be known as “Google” — Google, Kansas.

It’s all in fun, and yeah, it’s funny! 🙂

From CNN:

At 79, Bill Bunten doesn’t exactly understand the Internet boom. The Topeka, Kansas, mayor has an e-mail account, he said, but his assistants take care of most of his online communications and tend to search the Web for him.

But Bunten believes so firmly that younger residents of Kansas’ capital city will benefit from faster Internet connections that he wants Topeka — which he describes as a place of many lakes and the site of a burgeoning market for animal-food research — to change its name for a month.

“It’s just fun. We’re having a good time of it,” he said of the unofficial name change, which will last through the end of March. “There’s a lot of good things that are going on in our city.”

Randy Johnson Retires

January 5, 2010

Pitching legend Randy Johnson has retired from baseball after 22 major-league seasons.

I had the opportunity to watch him pitch, in person, twice in his career. He never disappointed. I only regret that I didn’t get to see him one last time while he was with the San Francisco Giants.

One of the greatest ever! Although it’s sad to see him go, it was his time.

From Yahoo Sports:

Randy Johnson, who won 303 games in a 22-year career and is second to Nolan Ryan in career strikeouts, announced his retirement during a conference call late Tuesday.

The five-time Cy Young Award winner turned 46 in September during an injury-marred season with the San Francisco Giants. He won his 300th game on a cold and rainy early-June afternoon in Washington, D.C., and was surrounded in the postgame celebration by his wife and children.

“It’s been a long road,” he said that day, sounding very much like a guy whose shoulder was aching and who’d had enough. “I am satisfied.”

Microsoft, Yahoo Reach Search Deal

July 28, 2009

It appears that after three years talks, Microsoft has finally reached a search ad partnership with Yahoo.

The deal is not official but many sources are reporting that it will happen in the next 24 hours.

From the Wall Street Journal:

Yahoo Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are moving toward sealing a search partnership, say people familiar with the matter — a deal that ends a protracted dance and unites the pair against Google Inc.

From All Things Digital:

Multiple sources close to the situation said that the online search and advertising deal between Microsoft and Yahoo has been struck and will be announced within the next 24 hours.

While it is not clear if the actual papers have been inked, sources said negotiations are complete.

It is likely to be the cause of much relief at both companies, since they have been trying–without success–to join together to mount a better offense in the sector against the dominant Google (GOOG).

According to sources, as had been previous reported by Advertising Age, there will be no upfront payment to Yahoo, with the focus on a revenue share between the two companies.

From Advertising Age:

Microsoft and Yahoo tomorrow are expected to announce the search pact earlier reported by Advertising Age, a deal that will trigger a major re-ordering of the online ad business and create what they hope will be a more-credible competitor to Google.

Through the pact, Bing will become the default search engine on Yahoo, creating a search player with close to 30% market share of search queries, compared with Google’s 65%, according to ComScore data.

Microsoft Bing Launches

June 1, 2009

Microsoft ‘s Bing search engine went live this weekend, formally launching the company’s latest attempt to go after search engine giant Google.

From InformationWeek:

As of Monday, Bing.com featured a home page festooned with colorful hot air balloons rising against a desert backdrop. The page also included links to specific search categories, such as news, videos, shopping, maps, and travel.

Also present were tabs that direct users to bonus features such as Microsoft’s cash-back search rewards program and links to pages for developers and Webmasters.Bing, according to Microsoft, is designed to deliver a more functional experience than existing search engines, including Google’s. That is, queries entered into Bing yield not only information related to the search term, but also links to sites where users can make purchases and engage in other related activities.

For instance, a search on Bing for, say, flights to Hawaii, coughs up real-time pricing and availability information, and allows users to make a booking in real time. Microsoft said Bing initially will focus on four areas: making a purchase decision, trip planning, finding local businesses, and researching health conditions.

Yahoo, Microsoft Talking Partnership

April 10, 2009

Yahoo and Microsoft have restarted partnership discussions, this time over a possible advertising agreement.

From the San Francisco Chronicle:

The discussions restarted a few weeks ago, and included a meeting between new Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, the technology blog AllThingsD said Friday.

The two companies have intermittently talked about partnering in search engine advertising since last year after Microsoft’s unsolicited $47.5 billion takeover bid for the Sunnyvale Web portal fell apart. Microsoft executives have championed a partnership as a way to better compete with search industry leader Google Inc. while underscoring that they are no longer interested in an acquisition.

Current discussions are aimed at finding ways for the pair to work together on a number of fronts, according to the report. One potential idea is for Microsoft to handle the search advertising business for both Web sites while Yahoo would handle all of the display advertising, capitalizing on its strength in banner ads.