Yahoo, Investors Face Off Today
Yahoo's annual meeting takes place amid the fallout of a failed takeover bid by Microsoft, a failed proxy fight for control of the company by Carl Icahn, and plenty of shareholders wondering why they should be happy about missing out on a rich payday.
Yahoo Board Gains Legg Mason's Support
A major institutional investor opted to throw its backing behind the existing Yahoo board of directors, rather than an alternative slate promoted by activist investor Carl Icahn.
Bill Gates Departs Microsoft
The world's wealthiest and most iconic tech geek will devote his years to a massive philanthropic effort aimed at eradicating childhood diseases.
Ballmer: We Can Do A Lot With $50 Billion
The game of will they/won't they acquire Yahoo continues, as Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer bragged to the media about having money to play with means a deal with Yahoo isn't a necessity.
Amazon, New York In Tax Spat
Amazon.com launched its response to New York's attempt to force it to collect state sales taxes by filing a lawsuit.
Yahoo Juggles Its Options With Microsoft
The board of directors faces a ticking clock at Yahoo, as a week has passed since Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer promised Yahoo they needed to make a decision on Microsoft's takeover bid in 3 weeks.
Feds Flatten 3Com Purchase By Bain, Huawei
National security concerns looked like an insurmountable obstacle, causing Bain Capital and China's Huawei Technologies to back off a $2.2 billion bid for 3Com.
Browser Market Seeing Netscape Depart
Microsoft turned Internet browsing from an application license driven economy to one supported by advertising and deals with search engines for default placement.
Chambers: Slow Spending Hurting Tech Sector
Cisco CEO John Chambers gave the market a cold bath with his assessment of the economy, and its impact on technology spending for 2008. Now it's Cisco taking a dip.
eBay Rises On Outperform Rating
Bear Stearns analyst Robert Peck thinks the online marketplace will step up in its Wall Street performance this year.
Startup Plans WiFi Where Google Failed
Plans for free wireless access for San Francisco could come to fruition if a startup called Meraki can do what Google and EarthLink could not: satisfy the local bureaucracy.
Chris Sacca Dumps Google For Investing Career
The main person spearheading Google's WiFi efforts will jump from the Googleplex at the end of December.
Google To Bid On Wireless Spectrum
Speculation on Google's intent upon participating in the FCC's 700MHz wireless auction next year reached its terminus when the company confirmed it will bid for the spectrum.
Apple Freed From Option Backdating Lawsuit
Apple received an early holiday present as its request for dismissal of a suit against CEO Steve Jobs and other company executives earned a California judge's approval.
Digg This: Wall Street Journal Adds Buttons
Only one website's buttons appear on Wall Street Journal stories, inviting readers to share articles, and those buttons belong to Digg.
ValueClick Flat On Q3 Profit
The Federal Trade Commission has been looking into ValueClick's lead generation model, which likely contributed to weakness in that part of the business.
Oracle Waves $6.66B At BEA
Web middleware provider BEA has an all-cash offer on the table from Oracle for $6.66 billion, an acquisition that would put Oracle against IBM for the application server market.
DivX: Yahoo's Possible YouTube Killer?
The video tools company DivX will shift away from promoting Google's toolbar to Yahoo's in early November, as part of a new two-year deal.
Google: Deal Not Privacy Motivator
Google has faced intense and sometimes bitter scrutiny over its proposed acquisition of ad network , but Google's forthcoming privacy standard proposal doesn't stem from that deal.
JAVA Becomes Sun's Face On Wall Street
Sun Microsystems plans to retire its SUNW ticker symbol in favor of JAVA, in order to better represent what the company focuses on these days.
Answers.com Smacked By Google Algorithm
The company recently made a $100 million purchase of the domain name Dictionary.com and the firm that owned it. Answers is about to learn the wisdom of that investment.
Google, Microsoft Reveal Quarterly Earnings
The competitors presented different results to their investors this week, with Google missing earnings by 3 cents while Microsoft closed its fiscal year with a 7 percent increase in profit.
Apple iPhone Battery Program Draws Ire
The positive press and big financial boost from the sale of as many as 500,000 iPhones may be tempered by the harsh reality of Apple's policies.
Bad News For PayPal: Google Checkout
Google's alternative payment system has been gaining on eBay's PayPal by gaining greater adoption than the streamlined PayPal Express service.
Internet Ad Revenue Neared $5B For Quarter
The first quarter of 2007 saw online ad spending reach $4.9 billion, 26 percent more than the same period last year.
ValueClick Probe Could Thwart Yahoo Deal
The Federal Trade Commission has been investigating the business practices of online marketing services firm ValueClick, which could scuttle any potential for a possible purchase by Yahoo.
Google Will Buy Small, Won't Split
Investors looking for a stock split from Google will have to keep on waiting, as CEO Eric Schmidt let reporters in on the company's new tagline - "Search, Ads and Apps."
ACS Offer Increased Amid Testy Discussion
Affiliated Computer Services (ACS) chairman and founder Darwin Deason has boosted the bid to $6.1 billion for the company, but the board of directors has proved reluctant to run with his offer.
The Balance: Work PCs, Non-Work Tasks
Corporate masters want to keep their staff tethered to the computer for as long as possible, even going so far as to bring in a variety of perks to retain them in the office. Doing real life tasks on a work machine can bring an unenlightened response from the bosse
Online Travel: Expedia Soars, Travelocity Sells
A $4.5 billion deal will take Travelocity's parent company Sabre Holdings private; Expedia should show strong growth as their advertising efforts hook in their audience.
The Internet Teams Against YouTube
Online video and Big Media content will merge with potent brand name advertisers as two YouTube foes will take on Google's video sharing site with a competitive offering.
Cisco WebEx Buy Could Quickly Crater
A router intensive application like WebEx video conferencing may drive more sales of Cisco's signature networking hardware, but a newcomer to the field of broadcasting content online may lessen the need for brand new routers around the Web.
Google Gets Earth Patent Suit Tossed
Accusations of patent infringement by Virginia-based Skyline Software Systems Inc ran aground when a US District Court judge issued a summary judgment in favor of Google.
Jerry Yang Gives Stanford $75 Million
The gift from Stanford graduate and Yahoo co-founder Yang and his wife Akiko Yamazaki will help create an environmental studies center at the university.
IAC Earnings Clipped By Coupons
Ask.com's parent company InterActiveCorp reported a big 98 percent drop in fourth quarter as they wrote down their Entertainment book coupon operation; the Search & Media Group performed well for IAC, enjoying a nice revenue gain.
Google Beats Estimates, May Have Hit Ceiling
The search advertising company enjoyed another fine quarter financially, but after hours movement in the stock could indicate the fun ride for investors is gliding to a halt.
eBay Nets A Fourth Quarter Winner
Net income of $346.5 million easily moved past analyst expectations for the fourth quarter of 2006, and the online marketplace also recorded 29 percent year over year revenue growth to $1.72 billion.
Yahoo Net Income Falls As Panama Lands
The $269 million Yahoo realized in fourth quarter 2006 net income, for earnings of 19 cents per share, fell short of the year over year period in 2005.
Yahoo Finance Gets Personal
Eager to recoup losses in their financial advertising business, Yahoo has launched a new Personal Finance site with useful services for visitors, and spots to place premium ad content.
Apple Nemesis Resigns From DOJ
Prominent US Attorney Kevin Ryan abruptly resigned his position, in the middle of investigations into the stock option practices of Apple and other tech companies in Silicon Valley.
Job Hunters Pound The Job Search Pavement
Visits to job boards have increased significantly as the New Year gets under way, as holiday credit card bills likely made a lot of folks start thinking they need to make some more cash in 2007.
Apple Enjoys A Perfect Moment
Forget all the stock option questions and lawsuits and feds skulking in unmarked vans around Apple HQ. During the keynote address delivered by CEO Steve Jobs at the Macworld Expo, all of those worries stubbed out their cigarettes and trundled off to a corner of Silicon Valley while the Apple faithful finally got their wish for a cellphone designed by the iPod and Mac maker.
Adobe, VeriSign Dishing Out Content
A content distribution network created by a new partnership between Adobe and VeriSign will deliver rich media content at a high level of quality.
Cisco Buys IronPort For Email Security
Cisco is taking the malware battle to the gateway to thwart spam and spyware threats by acquiring IronPort Systems, which makes messaging security appliances.
Feds Looking At Two Ex-Apple Execs
Stock-based employee compensation in the form of options was issued to Apple executives in a manner contrary to lawful practices, and Apple had to restate $84 million in earnings as a result.
Apple Cored Over Fake Documents
An investigation into inappropriate option granting practices at Apple Computer has yielded evidence of falsified documents, crafted to provide maximum profits to their recipients.
Video Battle Claims Two Revver Founders
In a market where YouTube represents the dominant force in sharing videos online, Revver has found a need to shake up its leadership by shaking out two of its founders.
eBay Fails In China
The online marketplace proved unable to overcome fierce competition in China, where rival Taobao has held on to its role as China's leading auction site while eBay will have to settle for a minority stake in Tom Online.
The Kids Are Alright To Fox, Yahoo
Online traffic to the web properties operated by News Corp's Fox Interactive Media and by Yahoo benefited from substantial traffic originating from university locations.
Holiday Online Spending Tops $17 Billion
2006 non-travel holiday spending on the Internet increased by 24 percent through November 1 to December 12 over the same 42-day period in 2005.
Yahoo, IBM Target Google Mini
The entry-level search software product developed by IBM and branded by Yahoo offers enterprise search for free, while making a thinly-veiled threat toward Google's low-end appliance market.
Red Hat Yawns At Oracle, Microsoft
Oracle's entry into the Linux support market and the Novell-Microsoft partnership have not fazed the Red Hat leadership.
Online Ad Spending Outrunning Offline
The New Year should show a trend in spending for online advertising that will have those dollars exceed those expended on offline ads at seven times the offline pace.
Digg Paces Social Media For Two Years
The wildly popular site for uploading and voting news stories up or down has come a long way from its techie-oriented roots, but the challenge to monetize those visits persists.
Yahoo Shares Down The Day After Reorg
A 57-cent drop to 26.86 proved the response investors had to Yahoo's reorganization announcement twenty-four hours later.
Microsoft Touches Up Expression Tool
Expression Studio represents Microsoft's entry into a graphic design market dominated by Adobe's Photoshop, where many potential users live on Apple's Mac OS platform.
Court Hammers Realtors In DOJ Case
The National Association of Realtors experienced a setback in their attempts to have a case dismissed where the Department of Justice has accused the NAR of blocking Internet-based brokers from accessing MLS databases.
A Yahoo Battle And A Google War
We saw a couple of unusual events today. Google shuttered a service where Yahoo was simply doing a better job drawing an audience; then it was revealed how Google would attack Yahoo's strength in brand advertising.
Microsoft Touts MSN Shopping Traffic
The long Thanksgiving weekend yielded plenty of visitors to MSN Shopping, as Microsoft credited better selection and tighter integration with the new Windows Live Search.
Spam Should Elicit Stronger Response In 2007
With one email security firm claiming that nine out of ten arriving messages are spam, 2007 could be the breakout year for antispam solutions.
Dell Breaks Forecasts But Pleases Customers
Preliminary results for Dell's third quarter have the company exceeding analyst results, but investigations into Dell financial practices have kept the mood from being too celebratory in Round Rock.
Google Breaks 500 Dollar Mark
Shares of the search advertising company eclipsed the $500 barrier in trading, finishing the day at 509.65 and placing Google third behind Microsoft and Cisco in terms of market cap.
Universal Gambles On MySpace Infringement Case
A lawsuit from Universal Music Group claims the MySpace social networking site is a "vast virtual warehouse" of copyright infringement, and want News Corp's online superstar to fork over $150,000 for each violation identified on the site.
New Media Gather Takes Old Media Cash
Boston-based social media website Gather.com picked up a $10 million infusion of cash from Hearst and McGraw-Hill, both very traditional media firms, to aid its partnership and international expansion plans.
Craigslist Off The Hook Over Housing Ads
The US District Court in Chicago has dismissed a lawsuit against the popular online classifieds site, where it was claimed discriminatory housing ads posted by Craigslist users were the responsibility of the website.
Europe Ready To Smack Microsoft Again
Minimal progress on providing the European Commission with all the documents necessary to permit third party developers to create software that can interoperate with Windows has Microsoft on the verge of being fined heavily.
Online Retailers Seeing Holiday Traffic Boost Now
Internet research firm Hitwise noted a 6.2 percent increase in traffic to websites in its US Retail 100 index, for the week ending November 11th.
Furr Pelted - Adobe CFO Resigns
Executive VP and chief financial officer Randy Furr abruptly resigned from software maker Adobe, even though Adobe ruled out any issues related to his job performance or the company's financial statements.
Cisco Hits It Out Of The Park
Not only did the networking company go yard with its financials, Cisco also plans to sponsor the new stadium for the Oakland Athletics, to be called Cisco Field.
Novell Gets Patent Payoff From Microsoft
Much was made of the Microsoft and Novell collaboration deal being about boosting the interoperability of Windows and Linux, but make no mistake, this arrangement has been all about the patents.
Verizon Ready To YouTube Its Customers
A potential deal between telco firm Verizon and the Google-owned video sharing site YouTube could bring user-contributed video zaniness to people carrying advanced Verizon mobiles as well as delivering them to on-demand TV customers.
Google Sees Papers As Next Step For Ads
Google wants to give an advertiser the option to have ads appear online, on radio, in video, probably on TV soon, and in newsprint. Should they succeed, Google will be a one-stop shop for marketers everywhere.
Google, Ask Rise In Market
Everyone knows about Google's high-flying stock price and equally dominant search share, but Ask parent IAC/Interactive has been upwardly mobile as well.
Pronto Ventures Into Comparison Shopping
IAC/Interactive has stepped up its promotion of the Pronto.com comparison shopping engine by launching a Merchant Solutions Center.
Oracle Pushes Against Red Hat Support
Larry Ellison announced his company would offer Linux support at a cheaper price than Red Hat does. It could be a ploy to make Red Hat an easier takeover target.
YouTube Obeys The Law
When faced with a legal request for information about a filmmaker who uploaded an amateur 12-minute video based on a leaked script for the Paramount film "Twin Towers," YouTube handed over the data.
IBM To Amazon - Pay Up
Five patents held by IBM have been central to discussions between the company and online retailer Amazon.com, but reticence on the part of Amazon to pay a licensing fee to IBM has led the two parties to court.
Google Propelled By Quality In Q3 2006
Revenue and earnings leaped for Google in its financial third quarter as the company continued to reap billions from its online advertising business.
Never Argue With The Data
The Search, Aggregation and Syndication sector covered by firm Outsell Inc include Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft; Outsell predicts they will be part of the total information industry's growth to $458 billion annually by 2009.
Yahoo Shells Out For Two Firms
Facebook is not in Yahoo's M&A; plans at the moment, as they instead make deals with two companies and focus on strengthening their advertising efforts.
MTV Answers Quizilla With Purchase
Viacom continued its broadening of online appeal to younger Internet users as its MTV Networks division picked up Quizilla, a top-five destination for female teens.
McAfee Replaces Top Two Execs
The antivirus software maker fired president Kevin Weiss while CEO George Samenuk stepped down from the post he had held since January 2001.
Google Picks Up YouTube
The video sharing site YouTube finished a busy day of deals with content providers with the announcement that it, too, had closed a big deal in being acquired by Google for $1.65 billion.
Watchers Await Google, Yahoo Deals
Billion dollar acquisitions rumored to be percolating at Yahoo and Google have not yet delivered on their promised fruition.
Jobs Apologizes But Apple Probes Continue
An internal investigation at Apple revealed backdating of stock grants happened between 1997 and 2002, and CEO Steve Jobs knew of but did not benefit from those options.
Dunn, Others Charged Over HP Spying
Ex-chairman Patricia Dunn and four other people face indictments in California due to their roles in a spying scandal that affected board members and journalists.
Holiday Marketers Should Enjoy Big Numbers
's Performics division expects 53 percent growth for online sales in the fourth quarter of 2006, and budgeting and marketing costs for Internet retailers should increase as well.
The Economist - Yahoo Stuck In Second
In an industry where an overnight sensation can change one aspect of the online world, and just as quickly be surpassed by the next great thing, Yahoo and its CEO, Terry Semel, have been called out for running to stand still.
PayPal Settles Over Protection Programs
The payment processing division of eBay will pay $5.2 million to settle investigations by 28 states into PayPal's customer protection programs.
AMD Knocked Back In Intel Suit
A federal judge has ruled that AMD's antitrust lawsuit must be pursued outside the United States, as some arguments made by AMD against Intel only pertain to Intel's activities internationally.
Gartner Says Yahoo Is OK
Weakness in the financial and automotive advertising markets led Yahoo to announce it will hit the lower end of its third quarter forecast.
Dell Announces Hiring Plan Amidst Probe
The computer manufacturer scored some public relations points by announcing it will add 500 engineering jobs to its Central Texas product development group.
H-P CEO May Testify Before Congress
The broadening scandal enveloping the board at H-P has also snared the company's CEO, Mark Hurd, and he may travel to Washington DC to discuss the situation.
Yahoo, Hype, And A Billion For Facebook
College and high school networking site Facebook has been rumored to be in acquisition talks with a handful of companies, with the latest rumor calling for Yahoo to plunk down $1 billion for the company.
Yahoo Falls On Weak 3Q Forecast
The company's chief financial officer told attendees at a Goldman Sachs conference that sales for automotive and financial advertising has fallen, and that will impact Yahoo's third quarter numbers.
Warner Music, YouTube Partner On Videos
The agreement between the popular video sharing site YouTube and major music label Warner will be hailed as a victory for consumer-generated content proponents.
Acer Places Yahoo! On PCs
The Taipei-based PC maker ranks fourth globally in personal computer sales, and has reached a deal that will place Yahoo products and services on their machines.
Video On Demand: $13B By 2010
The global market for video on demand services could expand to as much as $13 billion by 2010, as several delivery systems drive its growth.
Dell SEC Woes Escalate
News of serious problems has broken out of Dell's Round Rock headquarters, as the company disclosed it would delay its 10-Q filing with the SEC.
Amazon Raises The Curtain On Unbox
The online retailer launched its video service at Unbox.com with content from an array of movie studio and cable channel content creators.
Viacom Drops With Freston Ouster
CEO Tom Freston appears to have failed to meet Sumner Redstone's Internet vision for Viacom, resulting in Freston's departure from the company.
Sun May Give Away The Blades
The high-tech version of Gillette's marketing strategy of giving away the razors and selling the refills could be implemented at Sun Microsystems if CEO Jonathan Schwartz's plans for "Project Mercury" take hold.
Easy Money Plus Brand Equals Phish
Millions of emails circulate the Internet and land in people's inboxes, promising easy money for minimal effort; the latest uses eBay's name to offer this.
Intel May Cut 10,000 Jobs
After reporting some disappointing numbers in its most recent quarterly earnings announcement, Intel CEO Paul Otellini vowed that the company would find ways to improve.
Verizon, BellSouth Yield To FCC Pressure
Both telecom companies rescinded fees they had planned to charge customers just as federally-mandated USF collections were being eliminated.
Is Apple Grooming Schmidt For CEO?
Google's CEO has joined the board of directors for Apple, and the move has many wringing their hands in anticipation of what that could mean; we think there is another meaning no one has considered yet.
Yahoo Drops Mortgage Rates Into Search
The field of real estate has been attracting the attention of startups and major names alike on the Internet, with Yahoo embracing it from within its search engine results.
Google Applies Itself To Communication
The search advertising company took another step toward being the Microsoft competitor many expect it to become.
Creative Patent Harvests Apple Cash
Apple incurred some extra expense this week, as they and Creative Technologies settled their litigation over a Creative patent for $100 million.
Startup 2.0: Buy Kiko On eBay
If the Yoosi auction on eBay did not appeal to your inner entrepreneur, maybe Kiko, an online calendar with some high-powered competition, will stoke your competitive fire.
Facebook Pastes In Ads From Microsoft
The deal between the two companies parallels an arrangement between MySpace and Google as powerful Internet players make their mark on social networking.
Vista Discount On The Holiday Horizon
In order to ease the pain of lost holiday sales due to the delayed release of the Microsoft Vista operating system, Microsoft may provide some advance upgrade discounts during the busy shopping season.
Microsoft Sweetens The Buyback Pot
As the ongoing $30 billion stock repurchase prepares to close, Microsoft has decided to tack on another $16.2 billion in an effort to appease some of its big institutional investors.
Dell Reveals Earning Drop, SEC Review
Dell experienced a 51 percent plunge in its second quarter earnings, and also disclosed the Securities and Exchange Commission has requested information from the company.
H-P Continues Resurgence
CEO and president Mark Hurd's strategies are paying off, as Hewlett-Packard bounced higher on news of a stellar third quarter.
Sony Getting Burned By Dell Flameouts
Lithium-ion batteries made by Sony and used in Dell notebook computers have been blamed for the recall of 4.1 million batteries from Dell customers; this could be the start of bigger problems for Sony.
Dell Warms Up To Battery Recall
Over four million notebook batteries will be recalled by Dell in the wake of a handful of reports of these batteries heating to the point where the machine catches fire.
Microsoft To Xbox Fans: Make Your Game
User-generated content, like text and photos on blogs to videos dropped on YouTube, has driven a number of sites to heavy traffic and popularity; Microsoft will try to ride the lightning by enabling gamers to create games for the Xbox 360.
Stock Options Fallout Hits Tech
Former Brocade executives pick up indictments, Juniper plans to restate earnings and faces a dellisting, and Google disclosed it will pare back option grants in favor of cash.
Viacom Harnesses Atom For $200M
Atom Entertainment and its four gaming and video sites join MTV Networks as Viacom continues to expand its Internet presence.
Nokia Rings Up Loudeye Buy
The global leader in mobile handsets has its eye on the mobile music market, an arena fraught with high prices and no consistency between mobile network service providers.
Online Retailers See Dollars In Email
Holiday promotions like free shipping and pricing deals won't figure in the plans of many retailers, who will spend their marketing dollars on email, SEM, and SEO.
Google Wants Its MTV
Google and Viacom's MTV Networks have a deal in place to distribute three programs across the Internet by syndicating them throughout its network.
AOL Summons The Turk
Yesteryear's online service provider has decided to take the chance its future profitability can be found with online ad revenue and thousands of job cuts.
E-Commerce Spending Heads To $170 Billion
comScore Networks predicts non-travel e-commerce spending will reach $102 billion for 2006; if so, it will be the first time non-travel spending breaks the $100 billion mark.
Web 2.0 Startup On eBay
Be the proud owner of your very own web-based, Ajax-powered portal, with bidding beginning at just one cent on eBay for Yoosi.com.
AOL Readies New Video Site
The company has integrated its Truveo video search purchase with the new video portal, and also gave some front page space to "community videos" uploaded by visitors to the site.
Old Media Profiting From Google, Yahoo
Online news portals from prominent Internet names have been increasing the amounts they pay to the news gathering organizations whose content fills their sites.
Microsoft Chasing The World
The company dominates the global operating system and productivity application markets with Windows and Office, respectively, but their strategy has broadened to the point where the company is a follower in several markets.
Sun Begins A Slow Rise
The company suffered a net loss of 13 cents per share due to a number of factors in Sun Microsystems' fourth quarter of 2006, but revenue increased and one analyst firm raised its target price while reiterating a "buy" rating for the stock.
Amazon.com Trading Growth For Profits
Net income for the second quarter fell by $30 million compared to the online retailer's year-over-year figures as Amazon reported $22 million, or five cents earnings per diluted share.
AMD Graphs ATI $5.4B Deal
The $5.4 billion merger brings the semiconductor company a graphics powerhouse as it prepares to escalate the competition with Intel, particularly in the mobile computing arena.
Online Media Mergers Should Continue
Merger and acquisition transactions tracked by The Jordan, Edmiston Group investment bank (JEGI) showed boosts in the number and value of deals year over year for the first half of 2006; they look forward to seeing "several noteworthy deal closings" across the sectors they track over the rest of the year.
Google Has The Cash
The joyride continues for the search advertising company, as it reported a 77 percent increase in revenue for the year-over-year second quarter of 2006.
eBay To Buyback Stock, Increase Fees
During the quarterly financial webcast by eBay, CEO Meg Whitman disclosed that eBay has a lot of faith in its future - $2 billion worth of faith.
Yahoo Profits Down, Stock Follows
Not only did the company experience a drop in sales and earnings, the planned upgrade to its search advertising system has been pushed back to the first quarter of 2007.
Email Returns To Power
Technology giants like Cisco and IBM believe the key to effective marketing can be found in the eyes of the target audience, literally, and have enlisted a software company called Eyetools to help.
YouTube Serving 100M Videos Per Day
While the 100 million videos being delivered each day to visitors is an impressive number, the 65,000 videos being uploaded per day may be the more important figure.
Quality Change Has Google Clients Grumbling
Google recently decided to increase the minimum bids for keywords for AdWords clients whose landing pages do not provide a quality experience, in Google's opinion.
Options May Make Monster Restate Earnings
The ever-growing stock-based employee compensation issues that have caught up companies like Apple are being experienced by online job-site Monster.com, as the company has begun an internal investigation into the practice.
EU Preps Antitrust Fines For Microsoft
The $634 million Microsoft forked over to the European Union over antitrust violations has turned out not to be the last one it will pay in the EU over its business practices.
Freescale Announces MRAM
Magnetoresistive random access memory (MRAM) is the next-generation in computer memory, and Freescale sees MRAM as one that can replace many of the memory technologies in use today.
Google Ads Run The Show
The dominant search advertising company can help a business to profitability, but its take on click fraud has been dismaying to some.
AOL May Give Away Its Services
Free AOL email and access to the services it still has behind the subscription wall would be monetized by advertising instead of paid monthly memberships.
Click Fraud Costs Advertisers $800M
The numbers are in from research firm Outsell, Inc, and they are not pretty; neither are the accusations that the companies who profit the most from it do the least to stop it.
Microsoft Battered By Legal Decisions
In Europe and South Korea, legal powers have pushed back at the world's biggest technology company, with decisions that challenge the way it does business.
Qualcomm Sued Over Korean Business
Texas Instruments and Broadcom filed an antitrust action against another semiconductor maker, Qualcomm, and alleged the company has abused its position as market leader in South Korea.
Apple Bitten By Options Issues
An internal investigation into the issuance of stock options at Apple Computer has uncovered irregularities related to certain grants made between 1997 and 2001, including one to CEO Steve Jobs that was canceled.
Symantec, IRS In Billion Dollar Battle
The Internal Revenue Service hit Symantec with a massive tax bill in April due to alleged underreporting of the value of transfers of intellectual property to subsidiaries in Ireland.
Internet Continues Its TV Beatdown
Kicking and screaming, the forces of broadcast media are being dragged into a future where cooperation instead of cease-and-desist letters becomes the way TV networks handle relationships with websites.
GBuy Prepares To Cash In
Google's much-rumored payment system has moved closer to a debut, after months of speculation about the service and its potential impact on eBay's PayPal service.
Microsoft Dialing Up Voice Strategy
Unified communications will be at the heart of Microsoft's efforts to maintain its Office dominance and drive demand for its server products.
Novell, Sun Move On Job Cuts
While a pair of changes atop Novell's corporate structure boosted the share price by more than nine percent, Sun Microsystem's tepid start to slashing jobs saw its shares drop slightly in trading.
H-P And Sun Sharpen Their Axes
Headcount at both companies will take a tumble as both computer manufacturers plan to address the bottom line by eliminating jobs.
Microsoft Exec Mysteriously Departs
Marketing vice-president Martin Taylor has left the company in an abrupt manner, only a day after the debut of Windows Live Messenger, which he had a role in promoting.
Apple, Hollywood Talk Movie Downloads
The proposed price points for downloadable movies from iTunes has become a sticking point instead, with Apple CEO Steve Jobs and studio bosses divided on how much to charge per movie.
House Approves New Telecom Legislation
The intense lobbying efforts by telecom and cable companies on Capitol Hill have paid off, as the House passed a bill that favored those industries.
Intel Dipped To Three-Year Low
Increased competition from bitter rival Advanced Micro Designs and Microsoft's delay in shipping the new Vista operating system have not helped Intel's stock price.
Dell Taps Google As Hardware Reseller
The search appliances Google markets for enterprise use will come from Dell instead of being built by Google out of parts from assorted vendors.
Google Figures Out A Spreadsheet
Another component of the fabled Google Office Suite becomes available for a controlled beta test at around noon Eastern Time today.
Adobe, Microsoft Collide Over PDF
Microsoft's plans to finally include a feature in Office that will permit saving items in Portable Document Format have been derailed by threats of a lawsuit from Adobe.
Sun Drops On Job Cuts News
The workforce slashing that Wall Street has been begging for at Sun Microsystems will claim 4,000 to 5,000 jobs, but investors wanted to see the axe fall on even more employees.
Ballmer Says No To $100B Buyback
Microsoft has plans for its cash pile, namely research & development and the occasional acquisition, but any additional stock repurchasing it performs will be far less than what some institutional investors have demanded.
Ballmer To Meet Analysts, Big Investors
Microsoft's CEO Steve Ballmer will make an unprecedented trip to New York and Boston to meet with industry analysts and institutional investors to hear their views on the company.
AMD Spending $2.5B To Expand
The processor company plans to meet growing demand for its chips by investing $2.5 billion in its operations in Germany.
Yahoo The Winner In eBay Deal
Yahoo and eBay announced a multi-year partnership to the general applause of Wall Street, but the deal may be more one-sided than it appears.
Open Source Impacting RDBMS Market
Companies like Oracle, IBM, and Microsoft still dominate over 85 percent of the relational database management systems market, but open source versions of RDBMS products have been growing in adoption and capability.
Software Piracy Costs Industry $34 Billion
The Business Software Alliance (BSA) reported that the worldwide level of software piracy remained the same in 2005 as in 2004, but companies lost $1.6 billion more than the previous year.
Online Shopping Going Up 20 Percent
A study by Forrester Research and Shop.org predicts 2006 online retail sales will reach $211.4 billion, only three years after those sales topped $100 billion.
Microsoft Makes Play For Emerging Markets
The company announced a number of partnerships for its FlexGo technology aimed at establishing Microsoft in countries with emerging economies.
Dell Adding AMD To Server Line
The days of Dell Computer being an Intel-only shop have ended, as the global PC titan has agreed to place AMD Dual Core Opteron processors in some of its servers.
Intel Execs Have A Rough Day
Unhappy shareholders directed barbs at Intel's leadership during its annual stockholders' meeting, and called for more action to boost a lackluster stock performance.
HP Rolls To Big Profits
Hewlett-Packard's strategy under CEO Mark Hurd has earned the company a nice jump in net income and an increase in market share at the expense of rival Dell.
Three Short Tales Of Linux
A Dow Jones Newswires reporter took a shot at switching from Windows to Linux on a Sony Vaio machine, and found he could do some things much better than others.
Chip Competition Leads Scientist To Fraud
A respected Chinese scientist has been accused of pilfering a Motorola design and passing it off as his own creation, in an attempt to satisfy demanding observers in Beijing.
Online Ads Reach The Crossroads
As three prominent Internet companies fight harder for the paid search dollar, the brand advertising market faces a new threat, and it comes from the advertisers themselves.
Nintendo Laughs Through E3
While Sony and Microsoft have spent the beginning of the Electronic Entertainment Expo attempting to outdo each other in the eyes of observers, Nintendo steadily focused on what it has to offer to the gaming world.
Microsoft Confident At E3
When Sony announced pricing for its PlayStation 3 game console at the Electronics Entertainment Expo, Microsoft's execs in the Home and Entertainment division found reason to celebrate as well.
Sony Announces PS3 Pricing
Like Microsoft's Xbox 360, Sony plans to release a pair of PlayStation 3 consoles, the main difference being the hard drive that will be embedded in the machine.
EA Stumbles On The Way To E3
The top videogame company in the world saw annual revenue drop 6 percent ahead of the Electronics Entertainment Expo showcase.
Dell Not Talking About Dell Stock
Founder Michael Dell wanted to extol the high points of Dell Computer during his talk at a conference, but one attendee derailed him with criticism of the company's flat stock price.
Adobe Crumbles On Weak Forecast
Investors knocked down shares of Adobe by more than eight percent after the software company said its second quarter numbers would hover toward the low end of its projections.
IAC Profits Drop, But Ask Is On Fire
Though not unexpected, profits at IAC/InterActiveCorp fell by nearly a third when it reported net income of $47.2 million. Revenue for the quarter topped $1.55 billion, 36 percent over the year-over-year quarter.
Oracle Goes Back to School
The higher education market has called upon Oracle for the technology needs of faculty and students on campuses in and outside the US.
Wave Of Microsoft Trades Hammers Nasdaq
Trading volume of Microsoft surged over 591 million the day after the company announced its third quarter results, and investors pushed the stock price to a 52-week low.
Intel Needs To Crunch Some Chips
Competition from Advanced Micro Designs, customers waiting for newer chips, and generally slower demand in the most recent fiscal quarter bashed Intel's profits by 38 percent; a reorganization has been planned.
Schwartz To Try Raising Sun
Now that long-time CEO Scott McNealy has finally yielded the big chair to Jonathan Schwartz, opinions are decidedly mixed on the company's future.
CNET Down On Stock Expense
Stock-based compensation expenses hit a number of financial reports for the first time this quarter; CNET Networks watched net income drop from $2.3 million to $1.1 million.
Kumar, Richards Plead Guilty In Fraud Case
Sanjay Kumar, former CEO of Computer Associates, and his former head of sales Stephen Richards both switched their not guilty pleas to guilty ahead of a May 8th trial.
Toyota, Fox Make A Break For Mobile
A deal rumored to be worth about $10 million will hook up Toyota's advertising of a new subcompact sedan with Fox's series "Prison Break."
Uber Google: Net Income Up 60 Percent
A revenue surge of 79 percent boosted the search advertising company's first-quarter profits, and shares have traded at 447.30 in after hours trading, well over the close of 415.00.
eBay Punished On Earnings Drop
Despite a 35 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, eBay shares fell 2.02 in after hours trading due to decrease in net income of 3 percent.
Yahoo Online Ads Offset Paid Search Drop
The online portal company met analyst estimates of 11 cents earnings per share, but net income dropped from the same period in 2005.
AOL Spreading China News Online
Using content from the Shanghai Media Group, AOL will broadcast various shows on its Chinese-language portal to serve news, entertainment, business, and social interests.
Ice.com Freezes Online Fraud
No matter if a retailer sells jewelry or anything else online, someone somewhere has tried to beat the retailer out of legitimate business through fraud.
NetGuru Inc Ready To Delist
The engineering software and services company thinks it may be time to shut down its listing on Nasdaq and find a buyer or partner for the firm.
AMD Profits Up, Shares Pummeled
Intel may soon enjoy a measure of revenge in the wake of AMD's gains on the leading chipmaker in the server market. AMD posted a solid first quarter,...
Oodle On Express Lane With Washington Post
This week, the classified aggregator site Oodle will have its services available through the Washington Post Express Web site.
Cuban Thinks About Selling IceRocket
Think Partnership will acquire the blog search engine IceRocket from billionaire NBA owner Mark Cuban.
Omniture Files For IPO, Goes Quiet
The web company submitted form S-1 to the Securities and Exchange Commission in early April announcing their intent to go public.
MIVA Clicks Away In Ad Market
The company has pay-per-click and pay-per-call products, and the online advertising industry has swollen to a multi-billion dollar industry; MIVA wants to be a part of that but may need to be acquired to have a future.
IRS Gets Go-Ahead For PayPal Request
The Internal Revenue Service began the process for obtaining information from eBay-owned PayPal on certain money transfers outside the US.
ClickTracks Gets Big Sales, Gartner Coverage
The web company announced a record sales quarter and the addition of the company to coverage by Gartner in its MarketScope for Web .
Oracle Takes Portal Software For $220M
Oracle announced it will acquire Portal Systems, Inc, a global provider of billing and revenue management solutions for the communications and media industry.
Salesforce.com Paying $15M For Sendia
The CRM company wants to extend its applications to mobile platforms, and the Sendia acquisition will help with Salesforce's launch of AppExchange Mobile.
Ericsson Not Interested In Juniper
Carl-Henric Svanberg, CEO of telecom hardware maker Ericsson, said his company has no interest in acquiring Juniper Networks.
Time Warner Cable Thinking TV Ad Auction
Once Time Warner spins off its Cable division, the cable company may offer advertising spots placed within on-demand programming through an auction process.
Wal-Mart Faces Critics Over Banking Request
The world's biggest retailer has applied to open a bank solely to permit it to do its own electronic payment processing, but opponents believe Wal-Mart would eventually branch into broader financial services.
Microsoft Progressing Against China Piracy
The top three personal computer makers in China now ship with a pre-installed legal copy of Windows installed, instead of an empty hard drive just waiting for pirated software to be loaded.
Red Hat Doffs Checkbook For JBoss
The deal could be worth as much as $420 million for JBoss provided they achieve "certain future performance metrics."
AOL Paying $2.65B To Settle Class-Action
A shareholder suit over the ill-fated AOL-Time Warner merger ends with a massive settlement of claims that AOL inflated ad revenue between 1998 and 2002.
Disney To Post Television Shows Online
Hits series from ABC Television and the Disney Channel will be available online the day after broadcast.
News Corp Partners On Net Safety Ads
Seeking to allay concerned parents and skittish advertisers, MySpace parent News Corp has joined with The National Center for Missing & Exploited Children (NCMEC) and the Advertising Council to distribute public service ads about online safety.
Redmond Now Published By 1105 Media
101communications, conference organizer and publisher of Redmond and other tech magazines, wrapped up a six-month search for a suitor by agreeing to be acquired by private-equity backed 1105 Media.
Trend Micro To Continue Scanning Hotmail
Microsoft has agreed to extend Trend Micro's contract with MSN and permit it to continue providing antivirus scanning and cleaning for Hotmail's 230 million email accounts.
News Corp Serves Poison Pill To Voters
Shareholders in Rupert Murdoch's media powerhouse have won the right to vote on poison pill provisions as part of a settlement of claims against the firm.
Stock Spams Generally Profitable
An analysis presented by a pair of researchers at the CanSecWest Security Conference claimed spammers could profit from "pump and dump" scams perpetrated with the help of their bulk-mailed touting messages.
VIDEOGAMES: Microsoft Buys Molyneux
UK-based Lionhead Studios, headed by videogame legend Peter Molyneux ("Black & White", "Fable") has been purchased by Microsoft Game Studios.
TI Tied To NEC, Matsushita On Handsets
Texas Instruments will link with Japan's top two cellphone makers on a joint venture to lower production costs and build handset chips in Japan.
The Reorg Of The Vodafone
Global cellphone sales giant Vodafone announced a reorganization of its structure, and shifted several executives around the corner offices. Vodafone (VOD) disclosed in a statement the changes in its organizational structure and new appointments to take effect on May 1st.
Google Earth Gets Video, Not Google Video
Discovery Communications will provide streaming video to users of Google Earth for popular destinations, historic sites and natural wonders.
Autodesk And The Toxik Avenger
The design software company has bet big on Toxik 2007, its collaborative digital compositing software for feature film production.
MIVA CEO, President Out Of The Firm
The continued poor financial performance of the online advertising firm has led to the company's top leadership departing the company.
Yahoo Mimics Google In Scandinavia
A Scandinavian test of a new search advertising algorithm could be the improvement Yahoo CFO Sue Decker hinted at during the company's earnings conference call last quarter.
Microsoft Rings Up Massive Mobile Order
The US Census Bureau has ordered 500,000 devices equipped with the Windows Mobile operating system for census takers to use in 2010.
Cringely Got Windows On Apple Right
Oh look, Robert X. Cringely's list of predictions for 2006 made in January noted Apple's Intel-based Macs were close to officially running Windows XP.
McClatchy Papers Borrow Internet Strategy
The company purchased Knight Ridder with a combined deal of cash, stock, and debt assumption worth $6.5 billion, and they look like they plan to make some of that back by taking a Google-like approach to the web.
Apple Puts The Dual Boot In Nasdaq
2,359.78 was the figure on the Nasdaq board at the closing bell today, topping yesterday's close by a 14.39 margin.
SEMICONDUCTORS: In The Chips Today
Big names finished up but a trio of brands took a beating from downgrades in ratings issued by Credit Suisse.
CNET Takes Webshots At Facebook
Need a .edu address to sign up...check; social calendar and photo sharing, check...; obligatory use of hip phrase like "hook up" on the site's main page, check...
Viacom Updating MTV Hispanic Network
The former MTV Espanol becomes bilingual MTV TR3S, pronounced tres, and should launch in the fourth quarter of 2006.
Tech-Heavy Nasdaq Hits 5-Year High
The Nasdaq index closed at $2,345.36, exceeding the February 16, 2001 closing price of $2,425.38; Google rose above $400 amid rumors of a forthcoming music download service from the search advertising company.
SERVICES: Computer Sciences Seeks A Buyer
The provider of outsourced information technology and professional services is on the block, with Goldman Sachs handling the sale.
Alcatel, Lucent Merge For $13.4 Billion
The French communications hardware maker Alcatel will mercifully end Lucent Technologies unfulfilled expectations and position the company to better face Cisco in the marketplace.
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