Yahoo’s Yang to Yings – Thar She Blows!

By Sean Maguire

Jerry Yang must be thinking “surely this is a bad dream”, as he runs around like Captain Ahab (as best he can since he’s also standing on one leg), shouting out commands as the Great White Whale charges the ship.

Yesterday, Yang completed a rare “three-peat” in a letter to his underlings (yings):

One for the money

“I’d ask all of you to stay focused on the business at hand and what we do best — transforming the experiences of our users, advertisers, publishers and developers, all while enhancing our leadership position in the online marketplace.

Two for the show

“In the meantime, we should remain focused on doing what we do best — transforming the experiences of our users, advertisers, publishers and developers, all while enhancing our leadership position in the online marketplace.

Icahn Haz Yahoo! Board

By Sean Maguire

Standing strong at number 24 on Forbes list of the 400 Richest Americans, with a cool $8.7 Billion to his name, Carl Icahn can haz lots of cheezburgerz! Guess what? He wants more.

Oh, the intrigue; the recent breathtaking game of “Deal or No Deal” between Microsoft and Yahoo. Unless you’ve been rafting down the Bolivian mountains’ Tuichi River for the last three months, you’re well aware of Jerry Yang and Co’s, repeated rejections of Microsoft’s increasingly generous overtures. The last one being a lofty (cough cough) – $33.00/share or $47.5 Billion dollars! This represented a full 70% premium over Yahoo’s closing price of $19.18 on January 31. With Microsoft CEO, Steve Ballmer playing the role of Howie Mandel, Yang sent two of his yings to politely tell him “No Deal Stevie…No Deal”!

Online Video Watching Continues to Soar

By Sean Maguire

comScore yesterday released March 2008 data depicting Google’s continued assault on the online video watching market. With 4.3 billion videos viewed during the month, representing a 38% share of all videos, Google gained 2.6-percent over the previous month. Google’s video flagship YouTube accounted for 98% of its total.

U.S. Internet users viewed 11.5 billion online videos during the period, a 13-percent gain versus February and a 64-percent gain versus March 2007.

Top U.S. Online Video Properties* by Videos Viewed

March 2008

Total U.S. – Home/Work/University Locations

Source: comScore Video Metrix

Property

Videos

(000)

Share (%) of

Videos

Total Internet

11,476,886

100.0

Google Sites

4,358,306

38.0

Fox Interactive Media

477,621

4.2

Yahoo! Sites

328,087

2.9

Google Reader BETA for iPhone Released

Google Reader iPhoneBy Sean Maguire

How do you make an already good product better? You jazz it up and slap it on an iPhone, that’s how. Google did just that in releasing the Beta version of Google Reader for Apple’s iPhone.

Google leverages the functionality of the iPhone to give users a better experience by offering many of the features of the desktop version. Scan, Tap & Read – it’s as easy as 1, 2, 3. Starring, sharing, and keeping unread are done in place, so you never have to leave the list view or refresh the page; Google Reader allows you to power through your reading list at lightning speed.

To check it out, visit the Google Reader website on your iPhone or just head to the Google Reader blog. As always, your comments are appreciated. Let us know what you think of the new interface.

SlideShare Presented With $3 Million in Series A

By Sean Maguire

Joining an all-star cast of investors that includes Guy Kawasaki, founder of Alltop and Dallas, TX billionaire Mark Cuban, founder of Broadcast.com; SlideShare, Inc., the world’s largest online slide sharing community announced it has secured $3 million in Series A funding, led by Venrock.

The funding enables SlideShare to expand operations, fund continued product development and accelerate its subscription base.

A free service, SlideShare is the “YouTube” of slide show sharing; allowing individuals and organizations to easily upload and share presentations and generate leads. Files can be tagged, downloaded and embedded into blogs, websites and social media platforms.

As part of the round, SlideShare adds Venrock General Partner, David Siminoff to its board. “Our use of the Internet is evolving from consuming and sharing text-based information – like email, news and blogs – to visual communication, using imagery and video,” said Siminoff.