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Surprise, Surprise: Phones and Search

By - February 15, 2008

How do you use your phone? Do you search a lot on Google? Yeah, me too. Apparently, this surprised Google. I don’t think it should have…or honestly, surprised anyone who makes business decisions there…(thanks JG)

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Google's Share Drops? Inescapable

By - February 12, 2008

Much talk about this news, which is debatable, I suppose, if you’re Google – it’s one research company (IDC), claiming that Google’s overall share of the online advertising market has slipped.

But I see this as inescapable. The brand advertisers are marching onto the internet, because that’s where the audience is. And when you look at where the audience spends most of its time, it’s not at Google. It’s at highly engaging sites, applications, and services. This is one reason Google is so busy throwing new application pasta at the walls.

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I’m tied up in meetings as I was last week, and posting will be slow. I hope to chime in here and again, but…

MSFT: We Reserve the Right…

By - February 11, 2008

I dunno. This all seems like kabuki to me. I’m rapidly falling toward finding this uninteresting, but…here’s Microsoft’s response to Yahoo rejecting its bid:

MICROSOFT RESPONDS TO YAHOO! ANNOUNCEMENT

Reiterates Full and Fair Proposal for Microsoft-Yahoo! Combination

REDMOND, Wash. — Feb. 11, 2008 — Microsoft Corp. (NASDAQ:MSFT) today issued the following statement in response to the announcement by Yahoo! Inc. (NASDAQ:YHOO) that its Board of Directors has rejected Microsoft’s previously announced proposal to acquire Yahoo!:

It is unfortunate that Yahoo! has not embraced our full and fair proposal to combine our companies. Based on conversations with stakeholders of both companies, we are confident that moving forward promptly to consummate a transaction is in the best interests of all parties.

We are offering shareholders superior value and the opportunity to participate in the upside of the combined company. The combination also offers an increasingly exciting set of solutions for consumers, publishers and advertisers while becoming better positioned to compete in the online services market.

A Microsoft-Yahoo! combination will create a more effective company that would provide greater value and service to our customers. Furthermore, the combination will create a more competitive marketplace by establishing a compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising.

The Yahoo! response does not change our belief in the strategic and financial merits of our proposal. As we have said previously, Microsoft reserves the right to pursue all necessary steps to ensure that Yahoo!’s shareholders are provided with the opportunity to realize the value inherent in our proposal.