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(June 19, 2007 - 5 PM EST) - Yahoo has dumped its CEO Terry Semel--regarded lately as a main barrier to progress and thereby preventing the company from cutting Google-addressing partnerships and acquisition bids. Goodness knows Microsoft might be on the phone right now. The surprise news hit right after the market closed in New York. There has been much speculation that such a thing could happen in the last couple of weeks and many investors were disappointed that Semel wasn’t handed his head at the company’s stockholders meeting a few days ago particularly given his outlandish $71.7 million compensation package last year. In response to the news Yahoo stock, in the tank for a couple of years now compared to Google’s 300% run-up, was up 4% in after-hours trading. Yahoo co-founder Jerry Yang has stepped in as CEO, a role that is widely believed to be t... (more)

Answers.com Gears Up for Back-to-School Season

GuruNet Corporation creators of Answers.com, the answer-based search engine, has announced a concerted, multi-pronged marketing effort aimed at sharing the numerous benefits of its free service with students, educators and parents. For homework, term papers, research, or class discussion, Answers.com provides clear, reliable information instead of the alternative: search engine links that students follow one by one, to unfiltered, unverified sources.     Promotional elements planned for this effort include:     - The release of a Teacher's Toolkit (found at http://www.tea... (more)

Katrina Is "Most-Searched News Event" Since 9/11, Says Lycos

Lycos yesterday announced details from The Lycos 50, the 50 most popular Internet search results for the week ending Sept. 3, 2005. 'Hurricane Katrina' is the most-searched news event since September 11 attacks. No other hurricane, says Lycos, with the exception of Hurricane Floyd, which hit number one in Sept. 1999, has generated the amount of search activity that Katrina currently sees. The Lycos 50 Top 10 Search Terms for the Week Ending Sept. 3, 2005: 1) Hurricane Katrina 2) Poker  3) Labor Day 4) Britney Spears 5) Pamela Anderson  6) NFL 7) New Orleans  8) Paris Hilton 9) Neope... (more)

Truveo's Delivers Video Search Technology

Truveo, a start-up company emerging from stealth mode, launched a new video search engine that delivers higher quality and more up-to-the-minute results than traditional search engines. Based on a unique technology for indexing video using the visual characteristics of web pages, the Truveo search engine can find video on the Web that all other search engines miss. Truveo released a beta version of its search product . While the development of Truveo's unique crawling technology has taken nearly two years, Truveo has only recently put this new technology into production and has alr... (more)

Pshew, Google Finally Finds Kaiser!

For a while there it looked like there was something Google couldn't find, namely its own three-foot pet python Kaiser, which it managed lose somewhere in its 300,000-square-foot New York City offices. The maintenance staff finally found the little guy safe and sound and he was sent home with his pet engineer. The mice and rats of New York can breath a sigh of relief. Google Carries Coal to Newcastle There is now a free beta Google Desktop available for the Mac that basically does what Apple's Spotlight already does and that's to index the user's drive and make it searchable. One t... (more)