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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-inspired regulators). Microsoft also supposedly bid for DoubleClick and was reportedly willing to pay a billion dollars for 24/7, which London ad agency ... (more)

Google Buys FeedBurner for $100 Million in Cash

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. ... (more)

Microsoft-Yahoo! - Microsoft's Bing To Power Yahoo! Search

"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 Named President of Microsoft’s Server and Tools Business

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)

Human Error Causes One Hour's Google Search Chaos

"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)