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Google Builds an Empire to Rival Microsoft
December 23, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Google's one-of-a-kind computer network gives it a chance to surpass Microsoft to become the most dominant company in tech, according to the author of a recently published book on the search giant.

But what's next? Author Stephen Arnold has closely analyzed Google patents, engineering documents and technology and has concluded that Google has a grand ambition -- to push the information age off the desktop and onto the Internet. Google, he argues, is aiming to be the network computer platform for delivering so-called "virtual" applications, or software that allows a user to perform a task on any device with an Internet connection.

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Yahoo Revamps Search Ad Plans
December 23, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Yahoo Search Marketing’s getting an extreme makeover.
Earlier this year, Yahoo re-branded its online marketing unit. What was once called Overture became Yahoo Search Marketing in a move to more closely identify the group with its corporate parent.

Next step: the unit moved from Pasadena, California, into fancy new offices in Burbank, California, home of Walt Disney and other high-profile media companies. And now, its executives are launching an aggressive assault to regain some ground lost to search leader Google in an area they had once pioneered.

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Google’s Deal on AOL is Microsoft’s Setback
December 22, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

This time, it was Microsoft that was snubbed at the last minute
In 1996, America Online agreed to offer Netscape's Internet browser to its five million customers. A day later, the nonbinding agreement was shunted aside when AOL announced that it had instead chosen Microsoft's Internet Explorer browser in a $100 million deal.

America Online sealed a deal lately with Google Inc. to deepen their relationship, while leaving Microsoft Corp. as the spurned suitor.

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Google, Sun, Microsoft to Fund New Internet Lab
December 21, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

With federal funds for basic computer science research at universities in decline, three of the industry's leading companies are joining to help fill the void.

Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. are setting aside their bitter animosity to back a new Internet research laboratory aimed at helping entrepreneurs introduce more groundbreaking ideas to a mass audience.

The facility, housed at the University of California, Berkeley, will develop open source Web services. All three companies will contribute equal measures financially.

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Google Offers Mobile Phone Version of Gmail E-mail
December 20, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Google has launched a special version of its Gmail e-mail service that provides mobile phone subscribers with quick access to their e-mail, the company said in a statement. The mobile application allows you to read and write emails. It supports photos, office documents and PDF attachments.

Detail of the mobile e-mail service which is currently offered to U.S. cellphone users is available at http://m.gmail.com.

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British Retailer Grabs PriceGrabber.com $485 million
December 20, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Financial Services Group GUS Buys US Online Shopping Comparison Site PriceGrabber.com for $485M

Retail conglomerate GUS has snapped up PriceGrabber.com, an online price comparison service for American shoppers, for $485 million (£273 million), as it moves to capitalize on the success of its financial services arm Experian.

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Google Whistles a New Tune
December 19, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Google Inc. has launched a new service intended to give searchers fast links to song lyrics, musical artists and CD titles on the main search results page.

The music search feature is prominently placed above the main search results in what Google calls its "one box" area -- where information such as weather, movies or books may also be highlighted.

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MTV, Microsoft Set to Take on Apple’s iTunes
December 19, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

MTV Networks Inc. has partnered with Microsoft Corp. to develop an online music service to be launched early next year to rival the dominance of Apple's iTunes.

The service dubbed as URGE, it will be integrated into the next version of the software maker's Windows Media Player and offer more than 2 million tracks for sale individually or as part of a subscription package, MTV said. It will also include downloads of MTV shows, original programming, and online radio programs.

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Yahoo! Integrates with Six Apart to Provide Blogging Solution
December 18, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Six Apart, a provider of weblog software, yesterday announced that Yahoo! Web Hosting is now offering its MovableType blogging software, bringing easy installation, speedy performance and full customization to businesses and independent professionals seeking to maintain high-traffic blogs on a scalable and reliable platform.

Under the agreement, Yahoo Web Hosting customers will be able to create blogs using Six Apart's MovableType software.

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Microsoft to Start Testing New Messenger
December 17, 2005 at 5:00 pm 0

Microsoft has started limited testing of Windows Live Messenger, an update that expands the consumer instant messaging software into areas such as Internet phone calling.

Various enthusiast sites, including Mess.be and BetaNews, reported that a private beta of Live Messenger is imminent, while another fan site, Messenger Blog, offered purported screenshots of the new software. Microsoft initially declined to comment, but the company had promised a beta version would come shortly.

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