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Yahoo! co-founder Jerry Yang quits company after 18 years

Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has quit the company he founded almost two decades ago, raising hopes that the former internet darling may be sold or split up. Yang formed Yahoo with David Filo in Silicon Valley in 1995 and served as chief executive between June 2007 and early 2009. Although a popular figure among Yahoo! employees, Yang had alienated shareholders by turning down a $47.5bn takeover offer from Microsoft in 2008. Yang is severing all formal ties with the company by resigning all positions including his seat on the board of directors.

19/01/2012  |  Full story...

New Yahoo CEO: PayPal president to lead embattled online giant

Yahoo has appointed Scott Thompson, the president of online payments firm Paypal, as its new head, as the embattled internet media giant looks to turn around its fortunes. Thomson will fill the vacancy left by Carol Bartz, who was dismissed as chief executive in September. Yahoo is currently undergoing a strategic review as it has failed to keep up with rivals such as Google.

05/01/2012  |  Full story...

Top 5 internet portals for global ad spend: Facebook to overtake Microsoft

Google now owns 44% of the online ad market in terms of ad spend, while Facebook is predicted to overtake Microsoft as the third biggest portal, according to new data.

15/12/2011  |  Full story...

Australia report: Top web categories and ad networks

Google Ad Network remains the top ad network in Australia, followed by Adconion and ValueClick, according to new data. The study, from comScore looked at the top Internet activities and ad networks in Australia from its comScore Media Metrix service. The report found that Portals led as the top category by penetration, reaching 96.1 percent of Australians online in September, while Social Networking accounted for the largest share of total online minutes at 20.8 percent.


01/11/2011  |  Full story...

Yahoo for sale? Silver Lake named as first potential buyer

Yahoo is reportedly attracting interest from potential buyers, with private equity firm Silver Lake Partners named as the first possible bidder for the embattled Internet giant. According to The Wall Street Journal, a number of potential suitors have contacted Yahoo about acquiring all or parts of the company. The news comes little more than a week after Carol Bartz was ousted as CEO after she failed to turn the company around during her nearly three-year term.


19/09/2011  |  Full story...

Is Yahoo looking for the answers in all the wrong places?

As Yahoo ousts another CEO, it’s clear that problem is with the portal and not the person…

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Top 10 'display advertisment' categories: France

Social network publishers served 29% of all online display advertisments in France during April 2011. In total, 97% of the French population were exposed to 55 billion online display advertisments.

Top 10 'display advertisment' categories: France. Social network publishers served 29% of all online display advertisments in France during April 2011. In total, 97% of the French population were exposed to 55 billion online display advertisments.

23/06/2011  |  Full story...

Share of total online minutes by top categories: Peru

Portals accounted for the largest share of time spent online in April 2011, followed by social networking and instant messengers.

Share of total online minutes by top categories: Peru. Portals accounted for the largest share of time spent online in April 2011, followed by social networking and instant messengers.


Dutch audience spent most time on portals

People in the Netherlands racked up the most website visits per month in Europe, and spent the most time on web portals, according to new data. The 11.9 million internet users in the Netherlands age 6 or older spent an average of 31.9 hours online in September 2010, with the Web portals category, which includes Microsoft, Yahoo! and AOL, leading the way at 7.2 hours.

Instant messengers ranked second with an average of 6.9 hours per user, followed by social networking sites, such as Hyves, Facebook and Twitter, at 3.5 hours per visitors in September. Dutch internet users spent more time on social networks than on E-mail, Multimedia, Online Gaming, Auctions or Classifieds sites.


02/11/2010  |  Full story...

Dutch and Brits are Europe’s top web visitors

People in the Netherlands and the UK racked up the most website visits per month in Europe, according to new data.The study, from ComScore, revealed that the Netherlands ranked highest among European countries in terms of frequency of internet visitation with 78.2 visits per visitor in September 2010.

Dutch internet users also exhibit strong engagement with an average of 31.9 hours per visitor spent online in September 2010. Users spent most of their time on Portals (7.2 hours), followed by Instant Messaging (6.9 hours), Social Networking (3.5 hours) and E-Mail (3.1 hours).


02/11/2010  |  Full story...

MSN revamps UK homepage with links to Facebook and Twitter

Microsoft has revamped the homepage for MSN UK, which will start integrating Facebook and Twitter on its main page. The changes will be the first major adjustment since September 2007 and are intended to simplify the website's design to reduce download time.

A large high-profile spot on the main page will also have the new MSN Video Player, offering online TV service. "The new homepage is much lighter, much whiter, much shorter [in overall length], much smaller", said Peter Bale, executive producer of MSN UK at Microsoft. With the social networking additions, site visitors can access and update their accounts directly from the main page, intending to create a centralized home for UK internet users.


03/06/2010  |  Full story...

France plans 'Google tax' on internet searches

France is planning a tax on search engine ad revenue to raise money to invest into creative industries weakened by the digital revolution. Besides Google, the tax would target other large operators in Europe such as Microsoft and Yahoo! whether or not their offices are in France.

Google's European headquarters are in Ireland, but under the proposal, the operator would pay a levy every time a French internet user clicks on an advertising banner or sponsored link on its sites. The proposal is outlined in a government-commissioned survey, and forms part of the counties latest drive to regulate the internet, which has seen it enact some of the world's toughest antipiracy legislation.


11/01/2010  |  Full story...

Google unveils plans for smartphone

Google is working on the development of its own mobile phone device, which is currently being tested by the company's employees. The search giant has teamed up with handset maker HTC for the project. As yet, the company has not released an official name, although codenames are believed to include Phone 88 and Nexus One, a reference to the film Blade Runner.


15/12/2009  |  Full story...

Google links with Twitter, MySpace and Facebook for real-time search

Google has unveiled its much anticipated real-time search service, the result of a series of partnership deals struck with leading social networks facebook, Twitter and MySpace. Amit Singhal, Google fellow, introduced the real-time section during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, California. "We are here today to announce Google real-time search," Singhal said, describing it as: "Google relevance technology meets the real-time web".

Twitter messages and other fresh content streamed into a box on Google's main search page in a demonstration of the new feature, which will be rolled out at all English-language search sites in the coming days.


09/12/2009  |  Full story...

Google expands personalised search to non-account holders

Google' has begun tracking the search behaviour of all its users to offer more refined results and targeted ads, expanding the service beyond those with a Google account. The move will see Google using a cookie placed on users' machines to track their search behavior and offer personalised recommendations, even when they are not logged into a Google account.


08/12/2009  |  Full story...

Yahoo puts users in control of ads they see

Yahoo has just launched its Ad Interest Manager designed to make online advertising more transparent. The opt-in service gathers information based on searching habits to provide relevant advertisements to the user. The Ad Interest Manager site lets the user see a summary of their online activity on Yahoo’s content network. They can then determine their level of exposure to interest-based ad served by the Yahoo Ad Network.


08/12/2009  |  Full story...

Microsoft cements Yahoo search ad deal– but still awaits regulator approval

Microsoft and Yahoo have finalized the terms of a broad search and advertising agreement intended to help them compete more effectively with Google. The deal was first announced in July, letting Microosoft’s new Bing search engine to power Yahoo’s search results. In return, Yahoo will provide premium search-advertising services for both companies. They had hoped to finalize the deal in late October but needed more time to work out the details.


08/12/2009  |  Full story...

Google limits free news access to 5 a day

Google is to limit the number of news articles users can read for free via its search engine. The search engine is changing its ‘First Click Free’ programme so that readers would not be able to look at more than five pages in one day. The programme lets readers get around paying subscriptions or registration to news sites by accessing news articles through Google.

The move means users who now click on more than five articles in a day may be routed to payment or registration pages. Google's senior business product manager Josh Cohen said: "Previously, each click from a user would be treated as free. Now, we've updated the programme so that publishers can limit users to no more than five pages per day without registering or subscribing."



Google teams up with TiVo for TV ad data

Google has teamed up with TiVo in the US, in a bid to capitalise on TV ads. TiVo will provide Google TV Ads with second-by-second viewing patterns of time-shifted programs in order to "enhance the measurement and accountability of ad impressions," the companies said in a joint statement.Google TV Ads is a 2-year-old initiative from the Internet search giant for auctioning off television ad inventory on a CPM basis, charging advertisers only for the ad impressions viewed.


01/12/2009  |  Full story...

Google buys ad targeting firm Teracent

Google has bought ad targeting software firm Teracent for an undisclosed sum.The move will give the search giant software that will help its display ads better target web users. Teracent's software selects elements of ads, such as images and colors, that can be optimized for users based on criteria such as geographic location and language. Teracent was founded in 2006, and is based in California.


01/12/2009  |  Full story...

Google to start ranking sites by page load times?

Google has hinted that loading time may become a ranking factor on its search results for webpages in 2010. The move could encourage media owners to host their websites on faster servers to ensure they rank highly on Google. Google's Matt Cutts unveiled the company's proposal at last week's PubCon in Las Vegas, where page loading time was included in a list of 'what to expect in 2010.'

Cutts explained that page loading time is already a factor in AdWords advertising searches, and that there is a strong push to make speed a quality factor in Google's organic search ranking algorithm. However, there are currently more than 200 ranking factors being taken into consideration by Google's search algorithm, and the system is only expected to punish webpages that take an excessive time to load - around 20 seconds or more.



Google updates Translate service with speech tool

Google has revamped its Translate service with a raft of new features, including a speech tool.

The new-look service features a new layout, alongside instant translation, phonetic input and text-to-speech engine.

‘Instant Translation’ allows the user to see a translation of the text as they type it - in the same way as Google can display results before a user finishes typing their query.

The text-to-speech engine means that users can hear translations spoken by clicking a small speaker icon.


17/11/2009  |  Full story...

Google to give search a Caffeine boost after Xmas

Google has hinted it will soon launch Caffeine, its much –anticipated new search engine that is designed to offer faster and more relevant results. The company has provided no specific launch date, but says Caffeine should be fully deployed early in 2010.

In a blog posting on Tuesday, Google principal engineer Matt Cutts said Google was ready to move to the next stage of the rollout by going live with Caffeine at one of its datacentres. "This means that a small percentage of Google's users will benefit from the technology behind Caffeine in their regular searches," Cutts wrote.


16/11/2009  |  Full story...

YouTube tests skippable ads

Google is testing skippable ads on YouTube, as the search giant looks to find new ways to monetise the video-sharing site. The concept of the ad unit is that while users are given the tools to skip the ads they don't want to see, when they do in fact watch them, they will do so with more engagement.

Google is opting-in advertisers running video campaigns via AdWords for the test. It will display a small text option in the right-hand corner of the viewer, reading, "Skip this ad." Clicking that text takes users directly to the videos they wish to play. YouTube is running the experiment on clips produced as part of its partner program with creators who have elected to include in-stream ads.


12/11/2009  |  Full story...

Google buys mobile ad firm AdMob

Google is to buy mobile advertising firm AdMob for $750m (£449m), making the search giant the largest player in the mobile market. AdMob specialises in selling adverts displayed on small screens, a growing market given the popularity of smartphones such as the iPhone and the Blackberry. The deal will see Google use new mobile technology to drive mobile advertising, helping to decrease its reliance on desktop Internet ads, where growth is slowing.


10/11/2009  |  Full story...

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