Links from Thursday's episode of Loaded:Lenovo confirms that it is working to release LePad, an iPad competitor, sometime this year Yahoo begins to integrate Microsoft Bing into search results Samsung updates the DualView camera with a front-facing screen Ford launches the 2011 Explorer on Facebook Google Earth and Google Maps get more-detailed boundaries Panasonic plans a new line of 3D camcorders for consumers Sony and Intel help students build a rocket to launch into space
While Yahoo executives and analysts were on a conference call to discuss the company's second quarter earnings, the folks working to integrate Microsoft's search platform into Yahoo said they have started testing listings from Microsoft for about a quarter of Yahoo's U.S. search traffic.
For the users, it shouldn't make much difference to what they actually see. In the image below, the boxed areas are those that come from Microsoft, while the rest is from Yahoo. Microsoft's mobile organic and paid search listings will also be integrated into Yahoo Mobile in the coming months … Read more
As MySpace's search advertising deal with Google nears its expiration next month, parent News Corp. is reportedly trying to cut a new ad deal with Google, Microsoft, or Yahoo, according to a story in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal (subscription required).
Citing sources familiar with the matter, the Journal, which is also owned by News Corp., said that under MySpace's current deal, Google had agreed to kick in $900 million in guaranteed payments for the right to sell ads on MySpace and other, smaller News Corp. sites. But traffic at MySpace has been much lower than what Google … Read more
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced new privacy features for the site on Wednesday. The controls are simpler but not private by default. You still have to seek out privacy settings and change them if you care about controlling who sees what.
But this does seem to be an improvement. Here is a shortsummary.
You can now control who can see and interact with each and every thing that you post on a day-to-day basis. Facebook is calling this Granular Data Permission. There is also just one setting that turns off access to your information by third party sites … Read more
Onetime Microsoft executive Blake Irving will take on the role of Yahoo's chief product officer, his new company said Monday.
Irving, who will start May 17 and report directly to CEO Carol Bartz, is replacing Ari Balogh, who has been chief technology officer and executive vice president of products for the past two years. According to Yahoo, Balogh is leaving his position for personal reasons but will stay until June 3 to help with the transition. Irving most recently was teaching at Pepperdine University's business school.
According to numerous sources, Yahoo has been seriously courting former Microsoft exec Blake Irving to take over as one of its key execs, running its product organization and essentially becoming the Internet "visionary" many think the company lacks.
While it is unclear if Irving has agreed to take the job, sources said Yahoo management was keen on him working there.
A Yahoo spokeswoman declined to comment when BoomTown asked about its discussions with Irving about the job.
I also reached out to Irving, but he has not responded.
It's unclear what the move means for current CTO and Chief Product Officer Ari Balogh. But sources said Balogh has been involved in the search, and was planning on taking some time off from Yahoo soon for personal reasons. (CNET editors' note: Later on Thursday, Balogh confirmed that he is leaving Yahoo because of "personal priorities.")
Irving, who was well liked at Microsoft, could certainly fill Balogh's shoes, having run major businesses there for many years in a variety of executive jobs.
He left Microsoft in 2007, as its corporate VP for the Windows Live Platform Group, after being there for 15 years to spend some time with his family in California. Irving had always commuted to Microsoft's Redmond, Wash., headquarters. … Read more
VANCOUVER--Team Canada goalie Martin Brodeur was in Robson Square on Friday at a GE event ostensibly to talk about health and health technology in sports, but naturally the talk quickly turned to hockey and, specifically, the incredible pressure on the host nation's team to win gold.
"I think it's just normal," Brodeur told reporters. "People have been waiting for a lot of years to have these Olympics in Canada...Expectations are high and we definitely are looking forward to the challenge. It's what we do in Canada--we play hockey."
Brodeur, for those not … Read more
Today on Buzz Out Loud, fun kills and companies kill fun. Apple kills all the good boob stuff in the App Store, Google's building its Daemon-Skynet empire by getting into the power business, and Italy thinks 3D glasses can give you pink-eye. Also, Microsoft and Yahoo finally get that search deal done, about a thousand episodes after anyone cares. And Helen calls again and breaks Molly. --MollySubscribe with iTunes (audio) Subscribe with iTunes (video) Subscribe with RSS (audio) Subscribe with RSS (video) EPISODE 1169 Top Stories
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Google's new Buzz social-networking effort proved a privacy headache for the Web giant.
After an outcry of criticism from annoyed users and commentators, Google said it would make radical changes to the Buzz start-up experience. Along the way, Google confessed to being taken aback that people were rather upset to be already set up with a group of people to follow and be followed by.
Buzz was just tested inside Google before it launched to the general public. Perhaps those insiders didn't bring up the privacy concerns that Buzz users raised immediately following its launch. Maybe Google didn'… Read more
It took eight months, but the search strategy that Microsoft and Yahoo settled on after years of flirting is about to get started.
The U.S. Department of Justice and European Union gave their blessing to the deal early on Thursday, paving the way for Microsoft to take over the business of providing search results to Yahoo while Yahoo will get to sell search ads on both Yahoo and Bing. Yahoo is busy reminding anyone who will listen that it will still control the way search results are presented on its pages, while Microsoft thinks it can improve its search … Read more