News Roundup: Microsoft, Yahoo, YouTube
No product news today, but there's a lot of moving and shaking going around with some large companies.
- Microsoft eyeing Yahoo deal. The New York Post is reporting that Microsoft has recently become very interested in trying to buy out Yahoo. Yahoo's projected sales price is reported to hover around $50 Billion. Such an acquisition would include popular Web properties like Flickr, Hot Jobs, and Microsoft rivals like Yahoo Messenger and Mail. (CNET News.com)
- Popular on YouTube? You may soon get a profit cut. YouTube is offering its most popular users with recurring content the chance to share revenue from ads adjacent to their videos. A revenue sharing program for the video hosting service has long been rumored, although this new system differs from Revver, which lets anyone get a cut based on how many people watch their videos. YouTube users who want to get in on the revenue sharing action have been encouraged to keep doing what they're doing, as the service is taking a "don't call us, we'll call you" approach to selecting new participants. (CNET News.com)
- Microsoft hints at general plan for IE 8. Makers of the most popular browser used on the Internet have started talking about the next version slated for release in the next two years. Security is the dominant focus, along with interoperability with popular Web standards. Here at Webware, we're more excited about the next version of Firefox, which is planning to extend the functionality of popular online Web apps offline too. (CNET News.com Blog)
- No Facebook, YouTube for Canadian government workers. Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty apparently does not like government workers poking or watching episodes of LonelyGirl15 while on the job, and has subsequently banned both of the popular sites from government offices. There is already some protest from some government employees who claim they need access to the sites for work-related projects. If they can amass something like the revolt that came with the Facebook newsfeed fiasco, maybe McGuinty will change his mind. (CNET News.com Blog)
Update: Fixed Dalton McGuinty's title.