Microshoo? Let’s get the rumors started

Computerworld speculates that Microsoft and Yahoo! may be teaming up to compete against Google in the search space.

Citing Microsoft employee Ian McAllister’s recent blog post, it certainly appears that Yahoo! could be an unnamed potential partner as MS and Yahoo! look to slow Google’s rapid expansion and rising market share. ComputerWorld also suggests that the partner, instead of Yahoo!, may be a major Internet Service Provider as the post notes.

I’ll copy Ian’s blog post, as it doesn’t appear to be something that would likely stick around for too long.

Whoa! A Major Player Looks To Take Google Down A Peg

Amazon Connect, Author Blogging

In a great example of how to leverage blog marketing, the New York Times reports on Amazon Connect which “allows authors to post messages directly to their readers on a wide variety of subjects…”

“…begun late last month to enhance the connections between authors and their fans – and to sell more books – with author blogs and extended personal profile pages on the company’s online bookstore site. So far, Amazon has recruited a group of about a dozen authors, including novelists, writers of child care manuals and experts on subjects as diverse as real estate investing, science, fishing and the lyrics of the Grateful Dead.”

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Kai-Fu Lee + Google vs. Microsoft, Resolved

Microsoft, Google, and Kai-Fu Lee have reached a settlement that all parties have agreed upon.

For those that may not know…

“Lee had worked at Microsoft since 2000 and helped develop its MSN Internet search technology, including desktop search software rivaling Google’s. Lee joined Google in July to lead the search engine’s expansion into China…”

Must be nice having two of the largest and most competitive companies in the world fighting over you.

Yahoo Revamps Search Ad Plans

Red Herring provides a great outline of Yahoo!’s attempt to gain publisher advertising market share from Google’s AdSense service with its Yahoo! Publisher Network (YPN).

On a sidenote to this, I have heard direct reports from other publishers that YPN is providing a solid 200% revenue comparison, in some markets, compared to Google’s AdSense. Which, if this is accurate, is one sure-fire way to take market share pretty significantly away from Google, though at an obviously greater expense.

It’s nice to see competition for the independent (and maybe not-so-independent) publishers out there.

Thanks Cindy!

A Very Merry Christmas!

I’ll be heading to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina tomorrow, spending Christmas with the best group of in-laws a guy can ask for.

There’s a lot of “happy holidays” going around, but I wish you all a very merry Christmas.

I hope you’ve all been good and get everything you asked Santa for. ;-)

See you next week sometime.

Latest Google Trademark Suit Against Blogger

Reuters has an interesting report that Google is being sued for trademark infringement – nothing new there – but this time its for allowing a Blogger to use a trademark on a blog hosted by Google’s Blogspot service.

Christian evangelical group Jews for Jesus is suing…to force Google to give Jews for Jesus control of the site as well as unspecified monetary damages.

“We have a right to our own name and Google has allowed the use of our name on Blogspot without our permission,” said Susan Perlman, associate executive director with Jews for Jesus.

I don’t think they stand a chance, but it will be interesting to see the outcome.

Note to Google…

…just letting you know that I still love ya! Honestly! I use Gmail, maps, mobile, the toolbar and 80%+ of my searches are on the Google network.

We’ve posted a lot of stories recently that might make you think we stopped loving – it’s not true, we’re just reporting what we read. ;-)

There. I feel better now.