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Wall Street wants Yahoo to do more than just kick Terry Semel upstairs to be chairman. There seems, however, little pixy dust in the notion of Rupert Murdoch throwing MySpace into Yahoo in exchange for 25% of the combined operation. Murdoch paid $580 million for MySpace in 2005; the Yahoo math values it at upwards of $10 billion. CNBC was first to pick up this rumor and by Wednesday Murdoch's own paper, The Times of London, was saying - based on unnamed sources - that the talks were "preliminary" and pre-date Semel's departure. It also said the discussions could disintegrate in Semel's absence. The MySpace-Google connection could easily kill it. MySpace outsourced long-term ad management to Google last year. Anyway, for the moment, it looks like more competition between Rupert and Yahoo, which Wednesday - in a deal left over from the Semel administration - said it's... (more)

SEO/SEM Journal - Google Revenue Up 98% in Q3 on Ad Sales

Google Inc. (Nasdaq:GOOG - News) today announced financial results for the quarter ended September 30, 2005. "Although this is typically a slower season for Internet properties, we had another exceptional quarter," said Eric Schmidt, Google chief executive officer. "Our focus on end users and on quality of information and advertising worldwide continues to work extremely well. We are very pleased with how well this is working at scale." Financial Summary Google reported record revenues of $1.578 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2005, up 96% compared to the third quarte... (more)

Google Beats Apple Into Second Place, Becomes World's Top Brand; Skype Comes In at No. 3

According to a smallish sample of just 2500 voters, the world's top brand is Google. Last year it was Apple. That is the verdict of the community of "brand-watchers" that each year gives its verdict on which brands are "hot" and which are not. The results, announced today, are a reversal of last year's Top Two, where it was Apple that led, and Google that came second. The highest placed newcomer to the Top Five list was Skype, which placed...ahead of household names like Starbucks and IKEA. ... (more)

Apollo Hosting Deploys CanIt-PRO Anti-Spam Software

Specializing in 'Total Solutions Hosting' Apollo Hosting provides everything their customers need to build, sell and market their websites. Their web servers were processing over half a million unsolicited spam emails on a daily basis. Apollo's Vice President of Operations, Don McLeman was I.T. Manager at the time and oversaw the switch to CanIt-PRO. "We were fairly happy with our anti-spam filter at the time, but they wanted to renegotiate the contract," McLeman explains, "this would have been expensive for us and bad for our clients." The hunt was on for another Spam Filter pr... (more)

Wikipedia Creator Advances Quest To Develop Open Source Counter-Google

Despite Google's $159 billion market cap - or rather, one suspects, because of it - Jimmy Wales, the guy who created - for better or worse - Wikipedia, figures Internet search is broken - because it's proprietary - and needs to be reinvented, freeing "the judgment of information from invisible rules inside an algorithmic black box." (Odd, he questions the biases of algorithms more than Wikipedia articles. Hmmm.) Anyway, back six or seven months ago he set up a LAMP-based project called Search Wikia to build a new for-profit search platform out of open source search protocols - l... (more)