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Thursday, November 6th, 2008

This Week at Google

Well, this has certainly been a busy week at Google. One thing I can say for Google, they are very energetic and we’re never wanting for good writing material.

Yahoogle Deal Abandoned
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Right on the heels of revising the scope of the agreement between the two search giants, Google announced this Wednesday that the deal will not go forward. This came to pass after the US Department of Justice decided it would file an anti-trust suit if the agreement was implemented. Read more…

Possibly the most exciting post for me was from Oliver Marks at ZDNet . Here is a company that is thinking outside the box and developing an alternate interface for search on the internet; it involves returning results based on aggregate sets of information. Freebase Parallax is a fascinating peak into the future and it utilizes the strongest attributes to browse and explore data, a sort of marriage between Google and Wikipedia. This article has been placed under the Google section because I predict they will quickly snatch up this company and its revolutionary approach.

“Still technically in alpha, Freebase will be the underpinnings of many future companies – some would say this approach is the future of the entire Internet. Read more…

Wednesday, January 9th, 2008

Microsoft Acquires FASTer Search

The search world appears to have renewed its interest in Microsoft’s potential in the search industry since the company reportedly put in an offer to acquire Norwegian search company Fast Search for 1.23 billion.

So why all the hullaballoo? Well, Microsoft’s Live Search has some good technology behind it but it has not exactly impressed those that want highly relevant search. The acquisition of FAST search technology, however, would provide Microsoft with an infusion of established processes light years more developed than its own.

Friday, November 9th, 2007

AOL Acquires Quigo

According to Business Week, AOL has acquired pay per click search engine Quigo for a reported $300 million. The acquisition includes the AdSonar and Feedpoint platforms.

Quigo has been serving up ads for a number of properties, and with the success they have been having, saw the potential and went forward with the purchase.

The deal which is expected to close later this year, will allow for expansion of their contextual advertising on AOL as well as their partner sites. For the time being, Google will continue to provide AdWords ads alongside AOL search results.

BREAKING NEWS – According to an inside source VoiceStar, a leading phone-to-web marketing tracking and solutions provider has just been acquired by Marchex Search Marketing for an undisclosed sum.

Congratulations Marchex! From my dealings with VoiceStar so far and what I know of their incredible solutions this is one exceptional buy. Read more…

Friday, July 20th, 2007

Yahoo Invests in Tyroo Media

According to InfoWorld, Yahoo announced Wednesday that it has purchased a 35 percent stake in Tyroo Media, an India based PPC internet advertising company which places ads on a network of around 1200 websites.

“Yahoo India has bought more than 35 but less than 50 percent stake in Tyroo for a significant amount and the tie up would help us cater to our international clients who want to advertise in India,” Yahoo India Managing Director George Zacharias told reporters.”

India offers a huge marketplace and its online presence is growing rapidly. It only makes sense for Yahoo to further tap into this market.

“Yahoo started its search-based advertising business in India about eight months ago and so far has a few thousand small advertisers, Zacharias said. There are millions of potential advertisers in India, which all the search companies and advertising networks are chasing, he added.”

While remaining independent, Tyroo and Yahoo will open up their back end systems so that advertisers will have access both networks.

Thursday, July 12th, 2007

Google to Challenge Skype

Last week Google made its move against eBay owned Skype, an online person-to-person internet telephony company, with the purchase of startup company, GrandCentral Communications.

On Monday, Google product manager Wesley Chan posted confirmation of the deal in the official Google Blog:

“We’re pleased to announce that we have acquired GrandCentral Communications, a company that provides services for managing your voice communications. GrandCentral is an innovative service that lets users integrate all of their existing phone numbers and voice mailboxes into one account, which can be accessed from the web. We think GrandCentral’s technology fits well into Google’s efforts to provide services that enhance the collaborative exchange of information between our users.”

Read more…

This Monday CBS joined the acquisition bandwagon and bought the popular online video site Purchased for a price in the single-digit millions (rumors are around $5 million but this has been disputed) after having been online for less than a year, Wallstrip is a fantastic success story. Investor & creator Howard Lindzon’s blog announced the purchase and he sent his thanks to those involved.

Congrats Wallstrip!

Apart from the fact that Wallstrip deserves this good fortune (it IS a great site), what I find the most interesting is that Wallstrip’s success came about, in part, thanks to Google. Yes, I said Google, and no Google did not have a financial stake in Wallstrip. Google owns YouTube and YouTube provided the free video hosting and feed services that allowed Wallstrip to function. It is fascinating that a free service can provide a platform where an idea can become an acquisition.

Wallstrip put out a clever announcement which Lindsay Campbell (one of the winners in this deal) hosts. It is definitely worth a viewing for a good laugh.

Microsoft finally took the plunge today and announced the pending acquisition of advertising giant aQuantive based out of Seattle for a cool $6 billion; an eighty-five percent premium over the shares on Thursday.

Here are some great articles on the subject:

Wednesday, May 9th, 2007

eBay + StumbleUpon

The social marketing and search engine world is buzzing over the potential acquisition of StumbleUpon by leading auction company eBay. The news of interest from eBay filtered into the news on April 18th with other potential suitors being AOL and Google but yesterday TechCrunch announced the acquisition by eBay is in “advanced talks” for a rumored $75 million.

$75 Million? Wow, it seems social marketing has ignited the passion over at eBay. After all, the first reports were a valuation of $40 – $45 Million back on April 18th. Read more…