google maps logo Google Maps Launches Phone Verification!Google Maps Help group adds phone verification and a Lobal Business center to its features.

All business domains everywhere except for the ones in China and Japan can now “verify their listings via phone. Verification through SMS is available for all countries except the US, China, and Japan. The Maps and Local Business Center team hope that this will help to speed the process of getting your listing up onto Google Maps.”

b yahoo ebay Yahoo! And Ebays Marriage Underway? Tim Poulus suggests that present is a possibility of a Yahoo! And eBay merger which has only been strengthened by ex-CEO Terry Semel's departure.

Citing a multitude of reasons, the post suggests:

“The recent animosities by no means endanger a Yahoo!/eBay merger:

  1. Google was ready to invade eBay's Live event, which made eBay pull away from AdWords. Instead, eBay could be a bigger Yahoo! partner.

bebo com online address book  6084589 Rumours of Acquisition Surface Again As Yahoo! And Bebo Are Spotted TogetherPete Cashmore reports that social networking site, Bebo is partnering with Yahoo Search. The more important question is whether Yahoo will be purchasing Bebo.

So far, Bebo did not have a major search engine and was using Bigulo. “Users can now search the web, Bebo, profiles and the music section. “

ms live space Sponsored Spaces: Microsoft Unveils Its Ad Platform!Windows Live Spaces, Microsoft's blogging forum has 93 million Spaces sites and over 12.5 billion page views per month, so it made sense to introduce and widen its an ad platform called Sponsored Spaces, in Asian countries like India, reports

Google Buying GrandCentral?

Jun 25, 2007 | 1,658 views | by Navneet Kaushal

grandcentrallogo Google Buying GrandCentral?Google is in talks to complete the purchase of Grand Central, a telephone management startup, whose claim is “one phone number for all your phones, for life,” for a still unknown sum, reports the reliable Tech Crunch.

Not the 'typical' phone service company, with Grand Central's services you can:

  1. “Check your messages by phone, email, or online
  2. Keep all your messages online for eternity

david karnstedt thumb Yahoo! Appoints David Karnstedt As Head Of US Sales David Karnstedt who once headed the Yahoo! Search and Marketing sales team has been appointed Head of US Sales, announced a press release on June 24.

Welcoming David in the new role was Susan Decker, Yahoo's President who said, "Integrating our world-class search and display sales teams under David's leadership will allow us to better serve all of our advertisers' marketing objectives ranging from brand awareness to direct response. This is one of many important steps we're taking to re-invigorate our display business, further build on our industry-leading position in advertising, and drive thought-leadership in the online advertising marketplace." Could Hit Jackpot on Auction Block, reports the Wall Street Journal in reference to the domain going on sale for a possible sum of anywhere between $400-$500 million.

Back in 1999, when entrepreneurs Sky Dayton and Jake Winebaum bought the domain name, for the then highest ever price (for a domain name) of $7.5 million, they were laughed at. The tide surely has changed with the domain's current price.

images Microsoft Adcenters Upgrade to Content Ads!Microsoft adCenter announces an Upgrade to Content Ads in “Search Only” Distribution through which users have the choice to “distribute your ad groups on the content network, but that we won’t expand your campaigns at the time of upgrade to include contextual distribution. All new ad groups created after the upgrade will be set to hybrid (expanded to both our search and content network).”

Ask 3D's Latest Makeover!

Jun 22, 2007 | 2,480 views | by Navneet Kaushal is on a rampage. After improving their internal workings with Ask 3D and many advertisements the latest of their offering is a fresher version of their new homepage.

image11 Ask 3Ds Latest Makeover!The latest version features:

  1. New Icons that represent the tools (Images, City, News etc).
  2. Search suggestions that automatically reveal themselves as you type.
  3. Many skins to outfit your home page whenever you feel like it.

The hottest news currently is of Bret Taylor and Jim Norris, two high-level Google engineers who quit the #1 search engine to join Benchmark capital, a Venture Capital firm as "Entrepreneurs in Residence", reports Venture Beat.