Report: Bartz out as Yahoo CEO

Carol Bartz, the fiery Yahoo leader who entered the company into an alliance with Microsoft in an attempt to challenge Google in the Internet search market, is no longer the company’s CEO, reports’s Kara Swisher this afternoon, citing unnamed sources at the company. No comment on the report yet from the Sunnyvale, Calif., company. Swisher… Read More


Google paying $500M to resolve drug advertising probe

Google has agreed to forfeit $500 million, one of the largest penalties of its kind, for letting Canadian pharmacies market prescription drugs to U.S. citizens through its AdWords online advertising platform from 2003 to 2009, the U.S. Justice Department announced today. The settlement resolves a case that first surfaced publicly when Google took a surprise… Read More


If Microsoft Bing is Muhammad Ali, this is its best punch

An extensive look at Microsoft Bing’s attempt to challenge Google, published by the New York Times today, will get lots of attention for the irresistible opening anecdote about Bing general manager Mike Nichols drawing inspiration from the famous picture of one-time underdog Muhammad Ali standing triumphant over Sonny Liston. But the real insight from the piece… Read More


Geek of the Week: Jacquelyn Krones, Bing researcher

Our latest Geek of the Week, Jacquelyn Krones, is a true research geek — the type of person who loves digging into data and, better yet, being surprised by what she finds. She studies consumer needs, and figures out what those needs mean for the development of a product. And the product in her case is Bing, the… Read More

Rand Fishkin. (Erynn Rose photo)

Rewind: Google+, Facebook, Microsoft Bing and the evolution of Internet search

Our guest this past week on the GeekWire radio show and podcast was Rand Fishkin, the CEO of SEOmoz, the Seattle-based search-engine optimization software company. We talked about subjects including Google+ and the search giant’s competition with Facebook; Microsoft Bing and its competition with Google; and Google’s “Panda” update and its impact on websites. If… Read More


Microsoft Bing aims for bigger role in China with Baidu deal

Microsoft today confirmed an expanded partnership with China’s largest search engine, Baidu, to provide English search results to Baidu users in the country. The arrangement promises to give the Redmond company’s Bing search engine a bigger role in the world’s most populous nation. Microsoft, which previously partnered with Baidu on paid search results, issued this… Read More

Steve Ballmer was on the hot seat in 2011

Ballmer: Microsoft profits climb, despite still losing ‘a few billion’ on Bing

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s positive comments about the company’s financial outlook during  his Seattle Rotary Club appearance yesterday appear to be causing a minor stir in the stock market today, lifting Microsoft shares by about 1 percent. The Redmond company’s fiscal year ends today, so it’s easy to see why the numbers were on Ballmer’s… Read More


Google confirms FTC subpoena, says concerns are unclear

It’s official: Google just filed a public notice acknowledging that its business practices are under investigation by the Federal Trade Commission. “On June 23, 2011, Google Inc. received a subpoena and a notice of civil investigative demand from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission (FTC) relating to a review by the FTC of Google’s business practices, including… Read More


Is Portland the new Peoria? Google Offers arrives at Floyd’s

For years, marketers wondered how their products or services would play in Peoria. Now, is Portland becoming that marketing hotspot for the digital generation? Google thinks so, choosing the Rose City for the roll out of its new Google Offers daily deal service. “There’s no end to the city’s great restaurants, coffee shops, hot spots… Read More


Microsoft Bing takes Streetside out of the bubble

Microsoft today rolled out a new version of its Streetside feature for Bing Maps that is getting some credit for at least taking a different approach than Google’s Street View. The biggest change is the elimination of the 360-degree “bubble” view in favor of an approach that flattens out the images into a long horizontal… Read More


Sparkbuy’s Dan Shapiro on why he sold to Google: It puts ‘turbo chargers’ on the idea

Sparkbuy founder Dan Shapiro doesn’t like talking to people on airplanes. But on a trip between Silicon Valley and Seattle late last year, the entrepreneur started a conversation with the guy sitting next to him, which happened to be Google’s Matt Klainer. That chance encounter, along with a previous meeting with Google Kirkland site director… Read More

Dan Shapiro (Randy Stewart photo)

Google buys Sparkbuy, a search engine for consumer electronics

Well, that sure was quick. Sparkbuy, the Seattle upstart led by entrepreneur Dan Shapiro, announced today that it has been acquired by Google in a deal of undisclosed size. The news comes just a little more than a month after Shapiro unveiled Sparkbuy, an online service that allows users to compare the prices and features of various… Read More


Microsoft’s next big partnership: China’s Baidu search engine?

A report out of China suggests that Microsoft is in talks with the country’s leading search engine, Baidu, for a partnership intended to strengthen the Redmond company’s position in the world’s most populous nation. Business Insider spotted the rumor based on a tweet. The precise nature of the potential partnership is open to interpretation based… Read More


Data: Bing, Yahoo gain as Google declines in U.S. search market

Google is still the undisputed king of the U.S. search market, but the latest numbers from comScore Networks show the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo closing the gap by 0.7 percentage points last month. Bing and Yahoo each rose 0.2 percent, to 14.1 percent and 15.9 percent, respectively. Meanwhile, Google slipped 0.3 percent, to 65.4… Read More


InfoSpace boosts profits, names Bill Ruckelshaus CEO

InfoSpace has had more lives than a cat. But the Bellevue Internet search company appears to be reinventing itself pretty well. The company today posted net income of $2.1 million, or six cents per share, on relatively flat revenue of $61.6 million. It also elevated interim CEO Bill Ruckelshaus to the top executive post at… Read More


Yahoo delays Microsoft ad rollout, says adCenter ‘limitations’ hurting revenue

Microsoft’s partnership with Yahoo in Internet search and advertising has hit a bump, with Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz saying on the company’s earnings call yesterday afternoon that “technical limitations” Microsoft’s adCenter are resulting in fewer clicks than expected on ads next to search results, and impacting Yahoo’s revenue. In the meantime, she said, Yahoo is… Read More


Data: Bing, Yahoo gain on Google

Microsoft Bing and Yahoo both posted gains in the U.S. search market in March, lifting their combined market share to more than 30 percent, according to the latest numbers from the Experian Hitwise market research firm. Meanwhile, Google slipped 3 percentage points, to less than 65 percent of the market, according to the firm’s data…. Read More


Microsoft filing antitrust complaint vs. Google in Europe

Microsoft is back in the middle of an antitrust case in Europe, but this time it’s the one with the complaint. The Redmond company says it’s filing an antitrust complaint against Google with the European Commission — alleging that the search giant has unfairly kept Microsoft Bing and Windows Phone from working properly with YouTube;… Read More


Facebook web search could be boon for Bing, if it happens

[Update: Facebook: Mystery web search box was the result of someone 'targeting the browser'] A report this afternoon says Facebook is testing a web search box next to its existing site search. The story on the unofficial All Facebook blog — complete with a screenshot — is causing a stir in the Internet search world… Read More