Microsoft, supposedly thwarted in previous bids for other Google-adjusting
properties, is paying $6 billion cash for aQuantive, a 10-year-old publicly
held Internet ad company that could be said to have been relatively unknown
when Microsoft announced that it was paying an outlandish 85% premium to buy
it to compete against Google.
Six billion is more money than Microsoft ever paid for anything. It said the
price was bid up by competition, but provided no color. It claimed that "it's
exactly the right company to buy, and hence we're willing to pay." Microsoft
has $28 billion in the bank. Microsoft is outspending Google, which said it
would pay $3.1 billion for DoubleClick last month (unless it's stopped by
Microsoft also supposedly bid for DoubleClick and was reportedly willing to
pay a billion dollars for 24/7, which London ad agency ... (more)
Google has bought a site called FeedBurner that distributes and helps manage
blogs and RSS feeds, tracks usage and serves ads. It supports 721,000 feeds
representing upwards of 400,000 publishers. Google will put more ads on those
feeds giving it a new revenue stream. It looks like FeedBurner will be
integrated into the Google Reader. Terms were not disclosed but the number
circulating is around $100 million in cash. The four-year-old Chicago company
and its 30 people had raised $10 million in venture capital.
"Users will continue to experience search as a vital part of their Yahoo!
experiences and will enjoy increased innovation thanks to the scale and
resources this deal provides," sais Yahoo! CEO Carol Bartz, as Yahoo! and
Microsoft today announced an agreement that the companies believe "will
improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver
sustained innovation to the industry."
"This agreement comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo!, our users, and the
industry, and I believe it establishes the foundation for a new era of
Internet innovation and developmen... (more)
Bob Muglia, a 21-year veteran at Microsoft, was named president of
Microsoft's Server and Tools Business (STB), a group he previously served as
senior vice president.
As head of the Server and Tools Business, Muglia, 49, is in charge of
delivering on the vision of Dynamic IT, Microsoft's effort to help IT pros
and developers create optimized and agile infrastructures that align to
changing business needs.
Muglia is responsible for developing and marketing Microsoft's infrastructure
and developer software. The Server and Tools business portfolio includes
Microsoft Windows Server... (more)
"Our apologies to any of you who were inconvenienced this morning, and to
site owners whose pages were incorrectly labelled," wrote Google Search VP
Marissa Mayer yesterday, in a blogged explanation of the unfortunate fact
than most Google searches conducted between 6:30AM-7:25AM PST on Saturday
morning returned a message "This site may harm your computer" beside each and
every search result. "This was clearly an error," Mayer added, "and we are
very sorry for the inconvenience caused to our users."
Google works with a non-profit called StopBadware.org to come up with
criteria ... (more)