Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! unite to support Sitemaps

Ken Moss, General Manager, Live Search announced:

Today, we are excited to announce that Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! are coming together in support of the SiteMaps protocol. The goal of this effort is to improve search results for customers around the world. This protocol enables site owners everywhere to tell search engines about the content on their site instead of having to rely solely on crawl algorithms to find it.

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Third Quarter 2006 Results for the big boys

So each one released their earnings for the third quarter of 2006:

Google Announces Third Quarter 2006 Results

Google reported revenues of $2.69 billion for the quarter ended September 30, 2006, an increase of 70% compared to the third quarter of 2005 and an increase of 10% compared to the second quarter of 2006. Google reports its revenues, consistent with GAAP, on a gross basis without deducting traffic acquisition costs, or TAC. In the third quarter of 2006, TAC totaled $825 million, or 31% of advertising revenues.

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Yahoo 9 – Your daily best 9 web things

Maria Sansone on Yahoo 9So I’m reading my daily nightly dose of Yodel and I see this great blonde chick on the first page. What’s her name ? Maria Sansone. She is the youngest TV reporter in the history of network television.

She’s the host of Yahoo 9 (excerpt from the movie below):

The 9 is a web based show. It’s actually a web-sessed and celebrity-sessed show that they put on Yahoo! every single day. It’s 4 minutes long, and basically in 4 minutes they aggregate everything that’s great on the Internet and package it into an easy to navigate, easy to digest, easy to laugh at, 9 chunck countdown hosted by the incomparable Maria Sansone.

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Yahoo! releasing IE7 optimized for Yahoo!, before Microsoft ?

In this thread at WebmasterWorld, a member got a message about Yahoo! releasing IE 7 before Microsoft, after he installed Yahoo! with the IE toolbar:

Yahoo! introduces the hot new look for Fall ’06.
Update your web browser to the new Internet Explorer 7 (BETA) optimized for Yahoo!

The link to this IE7 optimized for Yahoo! leads to Yahoo!’s website. Here is the download URL.

What the heck man ? Yahoo’s gone crazy.

Yahoo! partners with HP to offer online services

Yahoo! Inc. announced its plans to deliver Yahoo! services to HP consumer PCs in Europe and North America, including regional combinations of a Yahoo! and HP co-branded toolbar, Yahoo! start page and Yahoo! set as the default search engine in Microsoft’s upcoming Internet Explorer 7 on HP consumer desktop and notebook PCs.

So Yahoo! partners with Hewlett Packard after just 15 days from the last agreement with ACER to form a multi-year partnership to deliver Yahoo! products and Services to ACER customers worldwide.

As Ross Dunn mentions, this might level the share of global local search.

HP & Compaq sold aprox. 130 Million PC’s in 2001 -2005, and have an estimate sales number of 246 Million PC’s for 2006-2010 (via Computer Industry Almanac). So imagine 300 Million + users of Yahoo search, as fast as you can say “cheese” :)

The funny thing is, that when I bought my new Toshiba notebook about 2 weeks ago, the case (and the notebook itself) came like this (pictures taken with a Nokia N72 mobile phone, during low light conditions, so bare with me please):

Toshiba Notebook bundled with MSN

Off course I uninstalled all the Microsoft search products that came preinstalled on my notebook.

I wonder how long will this Microsoft -Toshiba relationship last.

Via Stepforth Blog.