In a recent state newspaper, it was announced that the state-owned Chinese partner of MSN, Microsoft's online services group, desires to sell all its holdings in the China-based joint venture.

Google is all set to launch the Wiki and the company's long-awaited presentation service during this week's Office 2.0 conference, that is scheduled to take place in San Francisco.

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Yahoo! Recently disclosed their plan to acquire the ad network company BlueLithium. The deal will be finalised with a voluminous sum of $300 million in cash. With the acquisition of BlueLithium, now Yahoo! can easily accelerate its advertising, product, and engineering roadmaps, and will also increase the capabilities of the company to sell and measure performance-based campaigns both on and off the Yahoo! network.

Some weeks back, Microsoft promised Webmasters a Live Search Portal. Microsoft officials said that this new portal will have the ability to be part of the beta, to test out new features. And as promised, it is already doing so. Some Webmasters signed up and have already been invited into the beta.

Recently, Francesco Mapelli came up with a new SEO tool, known as the 'Supplemental Index Ratio Calculator'. The main functionality of this tool is to provide the site owners with the percentage of pages from their site that are included in the Google Supplemental Index. The Supplemental Index Ratio tells you what percentage of pages from your website are supplemental results. It is good if your site have a lower Supplemental Index Ratio.

In a thread at WebmasterWorld, it came up that Advertisers are not happy with the Google AdWords Reports makeover. Members are reporting that the AdWords Report Center even with the latest makeover has a resemblance with Google Analytics.

One week back, some changes were made to the AdWords Report Center. The main Reports page got a simplified look, and a new format for report graphs was also introduced. It was believed that the improved Report Center will help in making your data much easier to process.

In Google groups Susan Moskwa asked users how and what they did to keep a check on posts. Some of the questions which include:

  • How do you keep up with what's going on?
  • Do you use the Google Groups UI?
  • Do you use our RSS feeds to follow threads?
  • How do you decide which threads to read?

Rand Fishkin in his website has a post of an interview with Matt 'the Google Guy Cutts'. Not your usual interview, well Rand Fishkin is not ordinary interviewer either, this one features a funny multiple choice questionnaire.

Here goes:

Ques: Does Google recommend the use of nofollow internally as a positive method for controlling the flow of internal link love?

In the latest search engine news, Google Inc apparently is collaborating with China.com to provide the letter with search results, reports Forbes.

"Internet service provider China.com Inc., a unit of CDC Corp., said Thursday it is expanding its Google Inc. partnership to allow more of its Web sites to use the search engine provider's technologies.

Under the new agreement, Google will power search services on China.com's Chinese portal and China search site.

Yahoo! Panama with enhanced tools and new options informs the official Yahoo! search blog.

Some of the features are:

  • "You can now create, edit, copy, delete and view all saved ads (up to 20) for an ad group in one place. More importantly, you can view the performance of your ads against one another with one click.
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