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Yahoo CEO Terry Semel (pictured below) outlined the company's vision at a keynote during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Among the company announcements was the launch of Yahoo Go, described as "a new suite of innovative products designed to extend the company's reach beyond the Web browser." "Yahoo Go allows us to free the best of what the Internet has to offer from the confines of the browser and provides consumers fast and easy access to the essential products and services they know and love," Semel said. "Go" encompasses a suite or services for mobile, TV, and desktop computing. Go Mobile is designed to combine real-time connectivity with community, information and content services from across the web, Semel said. "It integrates the company's familiar communications services with the phone's built-in e-mail, messaging, address book and calendar app... (more)

AOL To Enhance Video Search Engine by Adding RSS Feeds

"With AOL Video Search, we are providing consumers with a faster, easier way to find the best videos on the Web." said Kevin Conroy, Executive Vice President of AOL Media Networks who announced that new RSS feeds from partners for its video search engine. These new partners include Blastro.com, EVTV1.com, Forbes.com, GameTrailers.com, PC World and Time4 Media properties including Transworld Skateboarding, Transworld Snowboarding and Transworld Surf. Featuring content ranging from humor, news and technology to music, sports, and video games, these new optimized video RSS feeds wil... (more)

Google Chrome Comes Out of a Comic Book

Philipp Lenssen at the “Google Blogoscoped” blog broke the story on September 1, 2008 that Google is launching an open source browser called Google Chrome. Lennsen writes: “Today there was a comic book in my mail, sent by Google and drawn by no less than Scott McCloud, creator of the classic Understanding Comics. Within the 38 pages, which I’ve scanned and put up, in very readable format Google gives the technical details into a project of theirs: an open source browser called Google Chrome. The book points to www.google.com/chrome, but I can’t see anything live there yet.” ... (more)

Google Jabbers On with GoogleTalk

Google is not only taking on rivals Yahoo, MSN, and AOL in the instant messaging space by combining internet telephony and IM in its new Google Talk service, but also challenging early market leader Skype in the telephony space. Media Metrix says AOL has more than 40 million users on its AIM and ICQ networks, Yahoo has 20 million users, and MSN Messenger has 14 million. Skype claims to have 51 million users worldwide. Google is apparently banking on a more approach than those being taken by its rivals in its bid to asser itself into these two 21st century communications markets.... (more)

Internet Advertising: US Spending To Pass $10BN Mark in 2005

In 2005, US Internet advertising spending will surpass $10BN for the first time, and perhaps reach as high as $12.9BN, according to projections in  a new report, Ad Spending Trends: The Internet and Other Media. That number more than doubles 2002's $6.0BN figure. Four years from now, says the report by eMarketer, companies will spend nearly $10BN more on Internet ads, reaching $22.3BN in 2009. Four basic trends, the report finds, are supporting the continued growth of Internet ad spending: Larger ad budgets overallShifts in ad budgets from other media to the InternetMore companie... (more)