Bing, Yahoo chip away at Google

Some encouraging news for Microsoft today in its uphill climb against Google. The combination of Microsoft Bing and the Bing-powered Yahoo search engine rose to 28.48 percent market share in the U.S. in February, up from 27.44 percent in January, according to the Experian Hitwise research firm. Google, meanwhile, experienced some rare slippage, dropping from… Read More


Ignition backs Topsy, a real-time search engine

Ignition Partners, the Bellevue venture capital firm, continues to plow cash into Bay Area startup companies. The latest to benefit is Topsy, a San Francisco real time search engine that today announced a $15 million investment. Ignition’s return backing of Topsy follows investments in San Fran consumer Web services, including SocialEyes and Hipmunk. Other investors… Read More


How Microsoft is using Angry Birds to boost Bing

Is this the ultimate product placement? Microsoft is expanding its relationship with Rovio, the developers of the hit mobile game “Angry Birds,” to boost its Bing search engine. Under the partnership, users of the iPhone and Android versions of the game who fail a level three times will be prompted from inside the game to… Read More