Lot’s of speculation that AOL and Microsoft are close to inking a deal that would see MSN replace Google’s search results on AOL.
If true, it could be a set-back for Google and maybe their first real “bad news” since going public.
There is a chance Google can renew its agreement (due to end in 2006) but, “a person familiar with the talks told the newspaper a sticking point so far has been Google’s reluctance to guarantee Time Warner a minimum amount of revenue, which Microsoft had agreed to do.”
eMarketer has details of DoubleClick’s study on how much it costs to bid on a keyword over a given month.
What is interesting is that the chart is showing one of two things…
1. Keyword pricing is becoming a lot more seasonal.
2. After keyword pricing peaked in Dec 04, advertisers move to the “tail” of search terms, found bargains, and are now “bidding-up” the cost again.
Take a look at ComputerWeekly.com’s report on Google having to fix its Desktop search tool in order to prevent hackers from getting in.
“Google has modified its Google Desktop search tool to prevent usersâ€™ PCs from being attacked by hackers using a vulnerability in Microsoftâ€™s Internet Explorer browser.”
I would have thought this would be a flaw with Google Desktop not IE. IE existed before GDS, so why should the blame be placed on Microsoft? I know the Redmond company seems to get all of the flack for security flaws, but this hardly seems fair.
At least, not just yet, according to Michael Bazeley of SiliconBeat who…
…popped into the When 2.0 Conference today, where Google was rumored to be unveiling Google Calendar. Twas not to be. In fact, a Google rep got up to ask one of the panels a question and specifically said he was not there to make product announcements.
So are they unfounded rumors, or is it a case of just waiting a few more days before we get an announcement?
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