All that happened in the world of search engines in the second week of February 2008. All the blogs are in chronological order. Enjoy!

Microsoft's Bid On Yahoo!: The Buzz Rages On!

The most happening event this week was Microsoft's "Unsolicited" bid on Yahoo!, which this time Yahoo! didn't summarily rejected, rather started pondering over it. In the meanwhile a lot was said, and analysts speculated and made projections. Find out all that happened during the week on the issue.

Recently, a Search Engine Watch Forums thread asked a question, whether it is helpful or harmful to vary your anchor text in your SEO efforts, and should the anchor text be differentiated or not?

In what appears to be a typographical undervaluation Yahoo!, Yahoo! News reported that the bid was 45 million!, observes Kevin.

microsoftbid Yahoo! News: Microsofts Bid $45 Million!

How about Yahoo! board of directors accepting this offer from Microsoft.

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Still being considered as rumors though, but likely one for sure. While, the industry is still to see the culmination of Microsoft's bid on Yahoo! a new hypothesis about Google eying to purchase bot Bebo and Plaxo is doing the round of blogs and forums.

plaxobebo Is Google Really Buying Bebo And Plaxo?

Google and Bebo

Microsoft announced today to open up its Gatineau Analytics for international users as well, "Due to the overwhelming demand from customers outside the United States, we have decided to open up the web analytics beta and invite customers from international adCenter markets," expressed the official statement.

gatineau1 Microsoft Gatineau Analytics (Beta) Opens To International Users!

Recently, Googlers received a claim on an email thread, that Google had 'censored' images or web pages and removed them from their site without saying a word to anyone. This time the thread referred to the hue and cry raised on some sites in the Middle East and beyond, which claimed that Google under pressure from the Israeli government had removed the Egyptian striker Mohammad Aboutrika's goal celebration during Egypt's African Cup of Nations match against Sudan. Apparently, the celebration entailed Aboutrika lifting his t-shirt, and the t-shirt underneath had 'Sympathize with Gaza' printed on it.

Eytan Seidman the Program Management Director for over core relevance for Microsoft Live Search is quitting the company after spending six and a half years with the Redmond giant, reports Vanessa Fox. He would now be moving over to New York to work on a start up with his brother.

eytan seidmanm Microsofts Program Management Director To Quit, Work On A Startup!

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Yahoo has scheduled a special meeting of board of directors on Friday to eventually come to a decision, reports Tech Crunch.

It's been one long week of negotiations and there doesn't seem to be a competing offer in sight, a final word from Yahoo! is long overdue. It's being projected that the company would choose to deal with Microsoft, while a core group of Yahoos opposed to the takeover might press for a search treaty with Google. Even though outsourcing of search to Google is quite possible but it is not clear how would this sort of a deal would dissuade Microsoft from acquiring Yahoo!

Now, Local News On Google News!

Feb 8, 2008 | 2,337 views | by Navneet Kaushal

Google News seems to be racing in to expand its news sections and make it more customized by offering a Local News area which shows up news depending on the locations of the users, observes Loren Baker. This new feature from Google News comes up just as Ask has launched BigNews, its own News portal, see: Launches BigNews!.

The OpenID Foundation announced today that technology leaders Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign & Yahoo! have joined the foundation to promote open identity management on the Web. Although, Yahoo! membership isn't news because they had joined the foundation last month itself, see:Yahoo! To Support OpenID Standard.

openid Who Joins OpenID? Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign & Yahoo!