It's not that only professional cricketers enjoy playing cricket. Even search giants like Google and Yahoo! are not lacking behind. On August 10, there was an interesting cricket match between the two giants, held at the Lord's Cricket Ground, London. The match was organized by LastMinute.com. No idea who won this cricket match, but who cares for that. The most important thing is the step taken by the organizer to bring Information

Just last week announced that it would be closing down paid google videos and now NYT reports that Google Is Closing Its Video Retailing Operation.

Based on information users recievde the NYT informs that apparently the search giant will stop its download-to-own and download-to-rent programs starting from the 15th of this month. Since 2006, Google Inc has been retailing shoes like "Survivor".

A post in Marketing Pilgrim has a letter from Scott Gardner, of Fair Market Valuations, who says that adCenter has been offline for the last four days.

CNet news sent Google, Yahoo!, Microsoft, Ask.com and AOL a survey on privacy issues.

Each one was asked the same questions the format of which were:

  1. What search-related data–including IP addresses, cookie IDs, user identities, and search terms–do you retain?
  2. How long do you retain those data?mit

Microsoft Closes aQuantive Deal

Aug 14, 2007 | 3,613 views | by Navneet Kaushal

msn aquantive Microsoft Closes aQuantive DealJust last week aQuantive shareholders approved the company's acquisition by Microsoft which was the latter's final hurdle. Now Forbes says 'Today, it’s officially part of the Redmond family'.

“Some expect yet another overhaul of Microsoft’s online ad operation as it integrates the $6 billion acquisition—and as it continues to search for the right combination of execs, tech and strategy to make its ambitious plans pay off.

Barely a week after Terry Semel sold off his Yahoo! Stock for $4 Million Susan Decker, Yahoo! Inc's President bought $1.1 million of the web company's shares, reports CNN Money.

"In a U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission filing this week, Decker revealed she had purchased about 47,000 shares of the company on Aug. 7 and Aug. 8. The buy was Decker's first ever open-market stock purchase, according to filing tracker InsiderScore.com, and came one-day after the stock fell to $22.44 – its lowest level since March 2004.

In the official Google Webmaster Central blog, the Anti-Malware Team has a post called "Malware reviews via Webmaster Tools".

"If you find that your site is affected by malware, either through malware-labeled search results or in the summary for your site in Webmaster Tools, we've streamlined the process to review your site and return it malware-label-free in our search results:

Google Pack, a list of softwares which are specially chosen by Google now includes Star Office, which is a very popular office suite that is designed by Sun Microsystems.

Softwares available in Google Pack are:

  • Google Earth
  • Norton Security Scan
  • Google Desktop
  • Firefox with Google Toolbar
  • Adobe Reader
  • Skype
  • StarOffice (includes Javaâ„¢)
  • Google Toolbar for IE

Ask.com Launches Ad Campaign In UK

Aug 13, 2007 | 2,163 views | by Navneet Kaushal

ask Ask.com Launches Ad Campaign In UKIn a post called And a Monkey Will Lead Them: The Ask UK TV Campaign, Ask.com announces the launch of their new ad campaign in the UK. From the blog:

ask 2 Ask.com Launches Ad Campaign In UK"The Ask spots feature the four characters from the original campaign, plus one of the tallest men in the UK, a dog, and a rhesus monkey, the latter of whom proved to be extremely difficult to work with. "We discovered on the shoot that he hates women," Sarah quipped,. The monkey eventually had to be shot in a separate room and combined into the picture using split-screen.

A shocking phase of events show that Microsoft's uncanny increase in share of US searches from 8.46% to 9.85% is not because of the reliability of Live Search but because of Microsoft launched Live Search Club reports AP News.

Confused? The article goes on to say that "It was Chicktionary" that indirectly shot up the percentage of Live users.