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Yahoo and FIFA have announced that fans are visiting FIFAworldcup.com, the official Web site of the 2006 FIFA World CUP, in record numbers. FIFAworldcup.com is jointly hosted, produced and marketed by Yahoo and FIFA. Today’s statistics related to the site over the first seven days of the tournament include: • More than 31 Million Video Streams • 2006 marks the first year that video highlights of World Cup matches have been free on the   Web, and fans have taken full advantage • Over 1.2 Billion Page Views In 2002, the site attracted just over two billion page views for the entire tournament, and this year FWC.com is halfway to that mark after only one week. This is the largest one-week total in the history of the site. The most page views were recorded on Monday, June 12 with 226 million page views, as per the company. • Five Million Daily Uniq... (more)

Google, Yahoo and Microsoft Announce Support for Sitemaps 0.90

In the first joint and open initiative to improve the Web crawl process for search engines, Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, have announced support for Sitemaps 0.90 (www.sitemaps.org), a free and easy way for webmasters to notify search engines about their websites and be indexed more comprehensively and efficiently, resulting in better representation in search indices. For users, Sitemaps enables higher quality, fresher search results. An initiative initially driven by Yahoo and Google, Sitemaps builds upon the pioneering Sitemaps 0.84, released by Google in June of 2005, which is ... (more)

Google Makes its Move on Microsoft Office

Google Thursday planted its flag on the shores of Microsoft's Fortress Office, finally opening up shop to sell the anticipated commercial version of its comparatively rudimentary web-based productivity software, aiming it at the big enterprise, the source of much of Microsoft's power and revenue. It's calling the stuff Google Apps Premier Edition and put an annual price tag of $50 per user account on it, undercutting - but not by ridiculous amounts - what large accounts wind up paying Microsoft for Office. However, Google claims it is so cheap it's a "no-brainer to try it out." It's... (more)

Google Has Come Up with a New Way to Terrorize Microsoft

Google, which has recently emblazed its shield with the new motto "Search, Ads and Apps," has come up with a new way to terrorize Microsoft - a technology for running programs like Google's word processor and spreadsheet offline like, like Office. The widgetry is called Google Gears and doesn't work with the Google Docs and Spreadsheets suite yet - but it will, Google said, as well as with e-mail and calendaring. Google's applying the mojo first to its RSS Reader, which goes out and collects updates to whatever web sites and blogs users keep tabs on. They can now be read offline... (more)

Yahoo! Hits the Wall; 1000 Jobs To Go!

Weaker-than-expected ad spending in the financial, travel and retail areas led to a 23% decline in fourth-quarter net income for Yahoo! to $205.7 million, or 15 cents a share, from $268.7 million, or 19 cents, a year earlier, the company said yesterday. It announced its first layoffs since 2001: 7% of its workforce will need to go! By restructuring in this way, the company hopes - according to chairman Jerry Wang - to return to growth in 2009. Yang said in a conference call. "This is a pivotal time for Yahoo's business and we have a unique window of opportunity right now to make t... (more)