Speculation is growing that Yahoo! is close to a $1bn deal for social networking site Facebook.
The Wall Street Journal reports that Facebook is in "serious discussions" to sell itself to the search engine and portal, following months of reported takeover bids from big media players.
Yahoo!'s CFO warned of a weakening in online advertising demand yesterday, causing jitters among investors in major US internet stocks.
Over at Ajaxian yesterday, Michael Mahemoff gives a heads up on the latest Web 2.0 move by MSN, which sees them offer pretty much as yet unheard of Ajax driven user features for their image search.
It’s great, but it’s also gimmicky – KISS.
It's still early days but things are definitely hotting up in the battle of the online checkouts.
Traditional media companies are
increasing their share of online advertising budgets
at the expense of big internet players such as Yahoo! and Google, according to research by New York-based private equity firm
Veronis Suhler Stevenson
Yahoo UK has officially launched its
Answers social search tool
in what the portal says its biggest ad campaign for five years.
The Q&A service, which has been in beta since April, presents user-generated answers to queries rather than algorithm-based results.
Jakob Nielsen has been making some noise this week, ostensibly to promote his new book, about the benefits of speaking in the language that can be easily understood by users.
In the Age of Google this 20-year old ‘speak the user’s the language’ usability maxim has a fresh impetus, since many users begin a web journey on a search engine, by typing in a search query.
reports that Yahoo is close to a deal with Orange to provide search services to the mobile operator’s subscribers.
The agreement, following a similar deal with 3, would be a boost for the portal in its battle for mobile search users against Google.
Webwag, the latest creation of ex-Google France chief Franck Poisson, is set to go live at the end of this month, adding more competition to the 'customisable start page' arena.
, a new website aiming to muscle in on touts' earnings from football matches, has gone live in the UK.
Backed by lastminute.com founder Brent Hoberman and David Katz, head of Yahoo’s sports and entertainment unit, the site provides an online exchange for fans to buy and sell unused tickets to games.