Marissa Mayer

Mayer: Yahoo sees 800M users a month, 12k resumes

SAN FRANCISCO– While the rest of the internet has fretted over Yahoo’s new logo, Marissa Meyer is more interested in the substance of the company. “We’re happy with the logo, but for us, the focus is really on the product.” Yahoo’s new CEO sat down with TechCrunch founder Michael Arrington at the TechCrunch Disrupt conference… Read More


Simply Measured partners with Tumblr on analytics, as Yahoo courts big brands

Following Yahoo’s acquisition of Tumblr earlier this year, CEO Marissa Mayer and her team are trying to make the blogging site more palatable to advertisers and brands. Enter Simply Measured, the Seattle-based social media analytics startup. Under a partnership announced this morning, Tumblr will work with Simply Measured to provide analytics for companies looking to expand… Read More

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Yahoo buys, kills Rockmelt in the same day

The question floating around Silicon Valley seems to be: what isn’t Yahoo buying these days? Social browser company Rockmelt is the latest company to join the menagerie of acquisitions by Yahoo in recent months. Rockmelt began as the brainchild of Eric Vishria and Tim Howes, Hewlett-Packard alumni who wanted to build a browser that allowed… Read More


Feds: ‘Senior guy at Microsoft’ allegedly enabled insider trading on Yahoo deal

Microsoft has put an unidentified employee on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation related to charges of insider trading against a financial analyst who allegedly received advance word about the company’s Yahoo search partnership agreement in 2009. The charges are connected to the high-profile case against SAC Capital Advisors. The Redmond company,… Read More


Search stats: Bing gaining market share as Yahoo slips

The monthly U.S. search stats from comScore are out for June and Microsoft continues to grow its search share while Yahoo keeps sliding. Google held the top spot with 66.7 percent market share with no change from last month. Microsoft Bing, however, saw a 0.5 percent uptick to 17.9 percent while Yahoo fell 0.5 percentage points down… Read More


Yahoo buys contact-organizer Xobni, continues acquisition spree

Yahoo’s mad acquisition spree continued Wednesday with Xobni, a San Francisco-based startup that helps users organize contacts (Xobni is “inbox” spelled backward.) More than five years after walking away from an acquisition deal with Microsoft, Xobni apparently decided that the price was right and has moved from their offices in San Francisco down the peninsula… Read More


Microsoft exec: Siri integration will make Bing better

Microsoft exec Gurdeep Singh Pall is speaking right now at the SMX Advanced search industry conference in Seattle, and host Danny Sullivan spent some time pressing for details on the company’s newly announced deal with Apple to integrate Bing into the Siri personal assistant in iOS 7. Pall seemed to be doing his best not to… Read More


Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer on $1.1 billion Tumblr deal: ‘We promise not to screw it up’

Well, this kind of says something. In her first public remarks about the blockbuster $1.1 billion cash purchase of Tumblr, Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer promises “not to screw it up.” Meanwhile, Tumblr CEO David Karp notes that the fast-growing blogging platform, which boasts 300 million unique visitors per month and 120,000 signs up every day, will… Read More


Microsoft cites progress on Yahoo search ads, says it’s still committed to providing an alternative to Google

Microsoft’s search advertising group says it’s starting to wring more revenue out of the Internet search ads that it’s serving as part of its partnership with Yahoo — despite recently needing to extend, for another year, its commitment to cover revenue shortfalls experienced by Yahoo under the arrangement. The news follows a report by the Wall Street… Read More


Microsoft to cover Yahoo search revenue shortfalls in U.S. for another year

Microsoft and Yahoo will give their search partnership more time to meet their financial expectations. Microsoft has agreed to extend, for another year, its commitment to cover revenue shortfalls experienced by Yahoo in the U.S. since turning over its underlying search technology and related advertising to be operated by Microsoft. The extension, disclosed in Yahoo’s… Read More


Blake Irving wants GoDaddy to grow up, and keep its edge

It’s hard not to notice: New GoDaddy CEO Blake Irving looks a lot like that dude in the company’s logo — even though the logo significantly predates his time at the company. The similarities are so striking that Irving decided to have some fun with his official corporate badge (at right), to lighten the mood… Read More


Search stats: Google slips, Microsoft continues slow growth

The monthly U.S. search stats from comScore are out for March and it shows Google slipping just a bit with Microsoft continuing to grow its search share, albeit slowly. Google dropped 0.4 percentage points last month, falling to 67.1 percent of the U.S. search engine market. Microsoft, meanwhile, grew 0.2 percentage points to 16.9. That’s… Read More


Taking on telecommuting: Maybe Marissa Mayer was right

Yahoo’s recent work from home uproar caused the pundit class to claim that one company’s internal decision was a mandate that that would kill off workplace flexibility and set women back decades across the country. The problem: it wasn’t. Yahoo made a decision for Yahoo, and other companies may follow suit.  That’s not a bad… Read More


Yahoo acquires Alike, moving Seattle team to California

Yahoo has acquired Seattle-based Alike for an undisclosed sum, aiming to bolster its own mobile technologies by bringing aboard the team responsible for Alike’s data-crunching mobile recommendation system. Alike announced the news on its site this morning, saying that it will no longer support the Alike apps on the iPhone and the web. The startup’s… Read More


Yahoo and Google strengthen ties as Microsoft looks on

Yahoo and Google this afternoon announced an agreement to put ads from Google’s AdSense and AdMob systems on Yahoo sites. It’s a non-exclusive deal, but it’s also a clear sign that Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer is willing and able to do business with her former colleagues at Google. What does that mean for Microsoft and… Read More


The 10 social media tools that every startup must have

Social media has revolutionized the way we communicate. With the revolution has come insane amounts of data, analytics and information about customers, followers and users. How can companies leverage this social media data in ways to help analyze parts of their business? That’s part of what Andy Boyer included in his talk about social media… Read More


Yahoo posts revenue growth for first time in four years

Marissa Mayer continues to make her mark at Yahoo. The company today reported revenue of $1.3 billion for the fourth quarter, a two percent increase over the same period last year and the first revenue growth in four years. Revenue for the full year came in at $4.986 billion — a slight increase over the… Read More


Tech Moves: Avanade bolsters exec team; HBO promotes Xbox pioneer; Yahoo board changes

Avanade, a 12-year-old joint venture formed by Microsoft and Accenture, has named Florin Rotar as the company’s first chief technology innovation officer and Stella Goulet as its first chief marketing officer. Rotar has worked at Avanade since it was founded, and in the new role will be responsible for communicating the technology consulting firm’s vision to… Read More


Instant messaging: Yahoo cutting ties to Microsoft

In a blog post late Friday, the Yahoo Messenger team announced that it’s cutting several features from the instant-messaging service as part of the broader attempt to bring new focus to the company. One of the features that will be going away is interoperability with Microsoft’s Windows Live Messenger. The connection between Yahoo Messenger and… Read More

Doug Wheeler

Tech Moves: Optify hires Doug Wheeler; Starbucks vet joins Auction Edge; and more

Optify, a Seattle startup specializing in marketing software, has named 25-year- marketing vet Doug Wheeler to the position of chief marketing officer. Wheeler most recently worked at TappIn, which was acquired last year for up to $17 million by GlobalScape. Wheeler previously held executive roles at DocuSign, Citrix and Compaq. “Optify and its inbound marketing… Read More

Eric Schmidt

Google ‘would love’ to replace Microsoft as Yahoo partner

The whole Microsoft-Yahoo search saga has always felt like a soap opera, starting with Microsoft’s failed bid to acquire Yahoo in 2008, and continuing to the present-day shakiness of their search partnership. And here’s another potential plot twist. Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman and former chief executive, reportedly said during an appearance in Japan overnight… Read More