Five Years and Lots of Cash

While Yahoo! is saying there’s no chance of Microsoft buying into their search business, Microsoft says it will take five years to catch them and Google.

With Google’s innovation practices and philosophy, in my opinion, it’s going to take more than time and money to win in their space.

Yahoo Tells Microsoft They Have No Chance

Wow, talk about a smackdown. is reporting Terry Semel, chairman and chief executive of Yahoo, said Microsoft may as well give-up their quest for search market share.

“My impartial advice to Microsoft is that you have no chance,�? Mr Semel said. “The search business has been formed.�?

And Semel’s not one bit interested in helping Microsoft battle Google either.

“[We discussed] search, and Microsoft co-owning some of our search. I will not sell a piece of search – it is like selling your right arm while keeping your left; it does not make any sense.�?

That crashing sound you hear, is a chair being thrown across an office in Redmond. :-)

Via Barry.

UPDATE: Here’s the video of the interview.

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Think Partnership CEO and Chairman Resigning

This was certainly a shock to read.

What does it mean for THK and the host of companies under it? I really don’t know. The release is extremely vague but, as expected from THK, well crafted. I could guess at a whole host of negative responses to this news and an equal number of positive ones. I guess we’ll learn more in the coming days.

In the meantime, Garrett French is about as close to this as you can get, so we’ll let him share his thoughts.

I’ve been with MSI for almost 2 years now and watched with excitement as THK acquired companies with whom MSI had clear synergies. From my position in the MSI rank and file – I’m not privy to THK info – I’ve yet to see lasting and significant relations between our sister companies….

Estimate Traffic & Cost on Google AdWords

Jennifer links to a new standalone keyword tool from Google AdWords, which allows you to get traffic and cost info without having to login to your AdWords account. Cool!

Google’s New Products, Been There Done That

Verne Kopytoff has a recap of yesterday’s press day at Google. I missed the first part of the web cast, but it appears Sergey Brin really doesn’t like Microsoft.

He voiced concerns that Microsoft may use illegal tactics to give its own search engine preferential treatment in an upcoming release of its Windows Vista operating system for computers. He then recalled Microsoft’s past legal battle with the now-defunct Netscape Communications Corp. over Internet browsers in which Microsoft was found by a federal court to have abused its power.

“We certainly see a history with that particular company, Microsoft, behaving anti-competitively, being a convicted monopoly,” Brin said. He then talked about Google taking preemptive action against any future abuse by Microsoft, including lobbying the Justice Department.

Matt Cutts Blogs Google Press Day

Lots of bloggers at Google Press Day. One working exceptionaly hard to post all the comments, is Google’s own Matt Cutts.

It’s the most comprehensive coverage of all the blogs.

Nice work Matt!

Google Health Actually Google Co-op

So Google Health was a slight-of-hand, what we really got today was Google Co-op (beta, of course). From Google’s press release…

Google Co-op beta is a community where users can contribute their knowledge and expertise to improve Google search for everyone. Organizations, businesses, or individuals can label web pages relevant to their areas of expertise or create specialized links to which users can subscribe.

Once a user has subscribed to a provider’s content, all of that provider’s labels and subscribed links are added to the user’s search results for relevant queries. These contributions serve as meta information that helps Google’s search algorithms connect users to the most relevant information for their specific query. Users interested in contributing can get started at