What Happened to Yahoo Blog Search?

Lot’s of speculation this morning surrounding Yahoo’s mysterious removal of blog search from Yahoo News.

Google’s Matt Cutts offers his thoughts and Greg Jarboe receives official word from Yahoo explaining blog search has been “temporarily taken offline to retool the offering”.

So, is Yahoo about to launch a new version of blog search? Will they be announcing the acquisition of a blog search company, such as Technorati? Or is this just a publicity stunt to gain attention? We’ll keep you updated.

Google Launches Microsoft Office Alternative

There’s long been speculation that Google was preparing an online office suite that would take on Microsoft Office products.

Today Google announces the launch of Google Apps for Your Domain a new service which allows users to access their email, calendar and instant messaging from a central location.

From an email announcement…

Everything is hosted by Google, so there’s no hardware to buy and maintain or software to manage, deploy and patch. The applications are fast, reliable, work from anywhere, anytime and have the elegant simplicity everyone has come to expect from Google. And they’re free. The applications we’re releasing at this time represent only the beginning; we’re working hard to add more. We know you’ll be pleasantly surprised!

Google and eBay Create Advertising Alliance

Google and eBay have today announced a new business partnership which will see the two companies work closely on new advertising over the next few years.

While eBay has a deal with Yahoo for ads that are shown domestically, the new deal sees Google providing ads for eBay’s international sites.

In addition, the two companies plan to work together on a pay-per-call service.

The companies said they would use Skype and Google Talk, the search engine’s instant messaging and voice-over-Internet telephone service, to build a search function that lets Web surfers launch Internet phone calls to eBay merchants or Google advertisers by clicking on ads.

Interesting that back in May, eBay and Yahoo announced that they too would work together on a pay-per-call model, but I guess that never worked out. From May’s release…

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What Can the Tooth Fairy Teach Us About Business

I’ve never known anyone to absorb business books and implement their ideas, as much as my good friend, and on- and off- co-worker, Ben Wills.

He’s putting together a series of training videos that teach different business ideas. The first includes includes references to tooth fairies – when was the last time you watch a business lesson that included mythical winged pixies!

Here’s Ben’s summary of his first video…

In this session, we define the purpose of a business, and how that purpose is fulfilled. We also logically continue to define that valuable relationships are the key to a successful organization, and that effective communication then becomes essential. We continue even further to define that language is the keystone to communication, and explore various understandings of how language constructs the realities in which we and others decide to move within.

Search Queries Offer Clues on Health of Real Estate Market?

Bill Tancer is not surprised by the National Association of Realtors (NAR) announcement that existing home sales dropped in July. He points to the decline in the number of people searching for “homes for sale” and plots the two sets of data on one chart. Interesting…

Dont’ panic, Bill tells Reuters that we’re in for a rebound in August.

Google Has Too Much Money

The Washington Post highlights an unusual problem for Google – it has too much money!

Companies whose securities make up more than 40 percent of their assets can fall under restrictions that govern the mutual fund industry. So Google, which has increased its cash and securities to almost $10 billion since its 2004 initial public offering, asked the Securities and Exchange Commission late last month for an exemption.

Google hopes to get an exemption, similar to the one Microsoft acheived in 1988.