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Google's Video Store, announced by company co-founder Larry Page (pictured)) at his keynote address at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, "is the first open video marketplace enabling consumers to buy and rent a wide range of video content from a major television network, a professional sports league, cable programmers, independent producers and film makers," Page said. "This fast growing collection of videos will include prime-time and classic hits from CBS, a full slate of NBA games from this season and outstanding performances from the past, music videos from SONY BMG, Charlie Rose interviews as well as news and historical content from ITN and new titles being added everyday." "For video producers and anyone with a video camera, Google Video will give you a platform to publish to the entire Google audience in a fast, free and seamless way," he said... (more)

Salesforce-Google Anti-Microsoft Deal Imminent

Salesforce has been making noises that sound like it'll announce that anticipated, supposedly anti-Microsoft deal with Google on Tuesday June 5. It's assumed to have something to do with Google's online productivity apps. StarOffice, Road Warrior Singapore Airlines is going to carry StarOffice for the use of its passengers as part of its KrisWorld inflight entertainment system. Remembering heightened security, Sun says passengers won't have to open their laptops and will be able to access Office and IDF files and export documents in PDF. IBM Runs Up King-Sized Debt IBM borrowed a ... (more)

Concern About Google's Proposed Acquisition of DoubleClick is Rising

Concern about Google's proposed acquisition of DoubleClick - some of it presumably fanned by the Microsoft lobby - is rising. Besides a pre-merger investigation by the Federal Trade Commission and a newly confirmed review by the European Commission, the Senate Judiciary Committee's antitrust panel is now planning to hold a hearing on the acquisition in September and so is a House Commerce subcommittee on consumer protection worried about privacy. Google expects the deal to close by the end of the year, but - while Congress has no authority over mergers - the additional probes coul... (more)

Yahoo's End Game: Jerry Yang To Step Aside As CEO

"We all agree that now is the right time to make the transition to a new CEO who can take the company to the next level," said Yahoo's Board of Directors in a statement today in which the BoD revealed that it has initiated a search for a new Chief Executive Officer for the company Yang founded. "From founding this company to guiding its growth into a trusted global brand that is indispensible to millions of people, I have always sought to do what is best for our franchise," said Yang himself. "Jerry Yang, co-Founder of Yahoo!, has decided to return to his former role as Chief Ya... (more)

When Bartz is Ready, We Will Have a Discussion: Ballmer

"There is a fairly compelling set of economics that underpin a search partnership," declared Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer in an interview just published by BusinessWeek. He was referring to the fact that Microsoft is still interested in buying all or part of Yahoo. Of Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz (pictured), Ballmer said" "When she is ready, we will have a discussion." Bartz in turn has already gone on record as saying that any talks with Microsoft will be private, and not public exchanges in the press. ... (more)