Try as Yahoo might, apparently no one wants to bid against Microsoft's bulging bank account.
The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday night that no serious bidders have emerged to rival Microsoft's $44.6 billion bid for Yahoo. The one party most interested in scuttling Microsoft's efforts--Google--faces uphill regulatory battles in almost any kind of partnership, alliance or investment it might want to do.
The clock is ticking. Does anyone other than Ballmer … Read more
I bet you didn't know there's an easy way to see what terrorist or suspicious activities are happening around the world, on a map. Are you curious as to where there have been UFO sightings? How would you like to map your photos or, even potentially more useful, find a public toilet near you?
Mike Pegg over at the Google Maps Mania blog has created an entertaining and handy list of 100 things you can do with Google Maps mashups.
The options range from the very convenient, such as how to find cheap gas in your area or … Read more
If you're trying to keep up with U.S. politics today, be prepared for an onslaught. There's an all-day mudslide of information, and no end of sources to get it from. Google's decided to join the fray and, with the help of microblogging service Twitter, has created a live, moving mapplet to track people's tweets that are related to politics. All the tweets are geotagged with the Twitter user's city and state, so you can see where they posted from, right down to the county.
While a good deal of the tweets are useless (see example above), there are a few that link to blog posts, or important notes about long wait times at the polls. However, my bet is that most people will stick to their regular news sites for the most up-to-date information. Speaking of which, if you're in the mood for more tangible poll results, you can check out Google's primary results gadget, which displays percentages for each candidate, by state on a simple chart. It's available as a standalone embed (which I've added after the break) and as a gadget for your iGoogle homepage.
Microsoft's unexpected marriage proposal to Yahoo has been the talk of the high-tech town. Who would have thought a possible geek betrothal could rival the coverage of Angelina and Brad?
And even though Microsoft has yet to get an answer from its intended partner, I've got a pretty good idea how this deal's going to go down. Here's my take on the outcome with respect to all involved parties:
It sucks being No. 3 in every Internet business metric--search, advertising, and properties. Microsoft is desperate to gain market share on Google. Also, it would probably be a good idea to turn a profit in its Internet business one of these days. That's the only reason Steve Ballmer's willing to take on the Yahoo mess.
Don't forget, the cost to the software behemoth means nothing. Win, lose or draw, Microsoft has nothing to lose and everything to gain.… Read more
Google is using its Postini acquisition to offer security features for any e-mail system.
The company is set to launch several new security products on Tuesday that are part of its Google Apps platform but are targeted at organizations that aren't using Gmail and other Web-hosted applications from Google.
The Powered by Postini services are message filtering with spam and malware filtering, for $3 per user per year; message filtering plus enhanced virus detection, content policy management, and other support to stop e-mail data leaks, for $12 per user per year; and message discovery, which adds one year of … Read more
MySpace, which is owned by News Corp.'s Fox Interactive Media, is one of the most high-profile social media companies to be working with Google's new OpenSocial standard. All applications for the MySpace Developer Platform will be OpenSocial-compatible with MySpace-specific extensions.
Maybe a roller-coaster ride is just the distraction Disneyland-bound Googlers need to get their minds off the company's falling share price.
Google's shares closed Monday at $495.43, the first time they've closed below $500 in about six and a half months. The dip follows news that Google's two main competitors could possibly merge. It also comes as employees take a company trip to the Southern California amusement park.
Google's shares had been sailing to what seemed like never-ending heights, hitting a record high of $747 last November. However, they have lost 30 percent since … Read more
News of the Android SDK (download for Windows) by Google has been quiet for the past few months. However, last week we a found notice that the submission deadline for the Android Developers Challenge has just been extended to April 14, 2008. It appears that the Android team has made "significant updates" to the SDK that might require developers to take extra time to finish up applications they had in the works. There are $10 million worth in prizes at stake, so the updates and deadline extensions are probably much appreciated.
The SDK, released in November, introduced a … Read more