ComScore published its November search-query share numbers on December 19. The news wasn't good for Live Search.
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After a weekend of "it's on-again/no it's not" rumors regarding Microsoft doing some kind of search deal with Yahoo, it's worth noting the Redmondians are still pushing ahead with their plan to rebrand Live Search as "Kumo."
The rumors were true: Microsoft has hired away from Yahoo Sean Suchter, Vice President of Yahoo's Search Technology. Microsoft confirmed Suchter will start with the Redmondians on December 22.
Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer played online-services pitch man during his opening keynote at Microsoft's annual Financial Analyst Meeting (FAM), explaining why Microsoft believes it must continue to invest heavily in search and advertising to remain competitive in the coming years.
Yahoo has decided not to sell its search business to Microsoft.
In a new complaint unsealed under court order on June 2 as part of the shareholder lawsuit against Yahoo for failing to take a multi-billion-dollar acquisition offer by Microsoft, a number of new pieces of information have come to light. Here are some of the ones that made me go 'hmmmm.'
Microsoft is talking to Yahoo again -- but not about an acquisition of all of Yahoo this time around. The pair are back to discussing some other kind of transaction that would involve the two companies.
With all the threats, promises and waiting around the pending acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft, it's easy to lose sight of the key driver of the deal: Increased ad inventory.
That didn't take long. Two days after Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer sent a three-week acquisition ultimatum to Yahoo's board, Yahoo answered with its own letter.
Microsoft is likely to prevail in its Yahoo bid -- and most likely without raising its offer. But just because Microsoft can buy the No. 2 search vendor doesn't necessarily mean it should. Those are the results of a new poll of Wall Street analysts by Reuters.