Google’s St. Patrick’s Day Doodle & Logos From Others

If you visit Google.com today you may see a Google Doodle (logo) for St. Patrick's Day. Here is a picture of the special St. Patrick's Day Doodle for this year: Google is not the only search engine with a special logo. Yahoo, Bing and Ask.com all have logos. I have some additional logos from others in the industry at the Search Engine Roundtable. Also, if you want to see the St. Patrick's Day logos from the past 6 years or so, you can see them at 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005 and 2004 archives. [...]


Happy Birthday, Yahoo: 15 Years Old Today

Although its web site launched in 1994, Yahoo is celebrating its 15th birthday today -- that's in honor of the company being incorporated on March 1, 1995. The story of Yahoo's founding is well known: Stanford graduate students Jerry Yang and David Filo created a directory of web sites originally called "Jerry and David's Guide to the World Wide Web," and renamed "Yahoo" in 1994. Yang and Filo, in fact, reminisce about the company they created in a blog post tonight on the Yahoo corporate blog: "After many late nights and a lot of pizza, we decided to take the big leap, turn our hobby i [...]


Vancouver Olympics Logos From Google & Others

The Olympics are just around the corner and Google has their widest ever logo on their home page this morning, for the special event that kicks off tonight in Vancouver. Here is a picture of the special Google Winter Olympics logo: Yahoo and Bing also have special logos or themes up already. Here they are: [...]


Yahoo Search: This Is The “Dark Time” But We’ll Be Back

Yesterday Yahoo hosted a press event called SearchSpeak that sought to dispel the "misconception," in the words of new Search Products SVP Shashi Seth, that Yahoo was no longer investing in search. As Seth took the stage to begin his presentation the power in the room went out. Not a very auspicious start to the day, it seemed symbolic of Yahoo's new difficulties and challenges in search. Attempting to generate enthusiasm, he pressed on without slides: despite the popular misconception, Yahoo is not out of search, echoing statements made by CEO Carol Bartz and others on past company earning [...]


Yahoo Sells “Non-Core” Asset HotJobs For $225 Million

The HotJobs for sale rumor has been around for some time. Yesterday a deal with Monster was finally announced. It is being widely hailed as a smart move by Yahoo to gain cash and divest itself of another "non-core asset." Except for payment and other terms the deal is conceptually analogous to what Yahoo is doing with PriceGrabber in shopping and with Microsoft in search: outsourcing content or fulfillment. Yahoo will continue to have a career site (at least for the next three years) but it will be powered and populated by Monster: Monster and Yahoo! have also entered into a three year [...]


Microsoft Complies With EU Demand, First To Cut Data Retention To Six Months

Microsoft is the first of the major search engines to agree to the European Union's demand that data retention be cut to six months. The company will now completely delete IP addresses after six months. Here's what Microsoft said on the Bing community blog about the move: Today we sent a letter to the Article 29 Working Party notifying them of our intention to make a change to Bing’s data retention policy. Specifically, we are reducing the amount of time we store IP addresses from searchers to 6 months.  Currently we keep that information for 18 months before we delete it.  Generally, [...]


Martin Luther King Day Logos From Google & Others

Today is Martin Luther King, Jr day and the search engines are showing off their logos and themes for the special day. Below you can see logos from Google, Yahoo, Bing and other search engines. In addition, check out the 2009 and 2008 logos, if you missed them the previous years. Google's MLK Logo: Yahoo's Flash MLK logo: Bing's MLK Theme: Ask.com's MLK Theme: DogPile: Search Engine Roundtable: [...]


Happy New Years 2010 Search Logos & Google’s Surprise

Happy New Years! The Search Engine Land team would like to wish everyone a happy, healthy and successful 2010. Just for fun, I wanted to share the various logos from the search engines and also Google's surprise. Let's start with Google's "I'm Feeling Lucky" count down to New Years. Remember when you hit the "I'm Feeling Lucky" button on Google.com, it would show you how many minutes to 2010? Well, when 2010 hits, it then shows you a fireworks display. Here is a video I made of it. Now for the logos, which is basically a repost of my listing from the Search Engine Roundtable: [...]


Christmas ’09 Logos From Google & Others

As many of you know, Google started their holiday logo blitz earlier this week. Google has now posted four of (I believe) five logos they have for the holidays. We also have logos from Yahoo, Bing, Ask, DogPile, Baidu and many other search engines and search industry web sites. I wanted to share them with you today and update them tomorrow, as more come in. Here are the logos: [...]


Yahoo Paying Luggage Fees At Two Bay Area Airports

Peace on earth, good will toward holiday travelers. That seems to be Yahoo's modus operandi today: The company is paying the baggage fees for all outbound travelers at San Francisco and San Jose international airports. It's part of the Yahoo for Good campaign, and as local news reports suggest, it'll probably help build some goodwill among harried holiday travelers. It's noteworthy because Yahoo has shut down its offices over the holidays as a cost-cutting measure. But paying for luggage at two busy airports on one of the busiest travel days of the year? That should cost Yahoo a nice, littl [...]


Here Comes Google’s 2009 Holiday Logos

It is that time of the year again, the Google Holiday logo blitz is on for 2009. Google posted their first logo today, and will be archiving them up until the day of Christmas, I believe. You will be able to see them all at google.com/logos/holidays-2009.html. So keep an eye out for them. In other logo news, I posted many of the Winter logos, today is the first day of Winter here, at the Search Engine Roundtable. Here they are: [...]


Yahoo Readying For Bing Integration By “Identifying” Engineers Who Will Become Part Of Microsoft

According to a report on Wednesday, Yahoo is in the process of identifying as many as 400 engineers who may be headed to Microsoft after US government regulators do their anti-trust review and clear the companies' search deal. The formal agreement between the two companies closed at the end of last week. The 400 engineer transfer is part of the formal agreement between the two companies. In addition, Microsoft is to pay Yahoo  $150 million to defray costs associated with the partnership's implementation. The Associated Press is also reporting that the $150 payment will likely be accelerate [...]


Yahoo Engaged In Effort To Remove “Spying Guide” From Public View

Telecoms, cable companies and search engines are fairly routinely asked to divulge information about their users' activities (and even location in the case of wireless carriers) by the government and law enforcement. Disclosure of this information and the fact that they charge for these "spying" services would potentially upset or outrage users and badly damage their images as consumer friendly businesses. Right now, Yahoo is engaged in an effort to pull down what amounts to a surveillance menu and price list for law enforcement that has been posted online. Wired summarizes: Yahoo isn’t [...]


Yahoo To Integrate Properties With Facebook Connect

Yahoo announced on their blog and press area that Yahoo will integrate their properties with Facebook Connect at a pretty massive level. The Yahoo announcement reads: Yahoo! Inc. today announced further integration with Facebook that unites social experiences from across the Web to provide a place for consumers to enjoy meaningful content and stay in touch with the people they care about most. Facebook will be integrated on properties including Yahoo Mail, Yahoo News, Yahoo Answers, Yahoo Sports and others. In addition, you will be able to see your Facebook friends’ activities on Yah [...]


World AIDS Day, Google Asks Us To Tweet #RED

Today is World AIDS Day and Google, Yahoo and Ask.com all have the red bow on their home pages. In addition, Google has a blog post showing how they are supporting the day and asking everyone to either "include #red to turn your tweets the color red or if you like, follow @joinred." In addition, you can learn more on how Google is supporting the day at Google.org, Yahoo has their own page and Ask.com is the only one linking to a search result. Here are the red bows from the search engines, as I posted at the Search Engine Roundtable: Google: Yahoo: Ask.com: [...]


Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal On Track For Completion

According to AllThingsD the MicroHoo search deal is nearing completion and "definitive agreement" status. Speculation that the deal was in trouble started happening when the two companies failed to meet their self-imposed October 27 deadline to finalize the complex agreement. However it appears the circumstances were just as reported in the parties' 8-K filing with the US Securities & Exchange Commission: The Letter Agreement specified that the parties would execute Definitive Agreements by October 27, 2009, but given the complex nature of the transaction, there remain some details to be [...]


Yahoo Launches Mobile Site En Español

Yahoo has smartly launched a Spanish Language version of its mobile homepage. The company cites Census data that reflect a population of 46 million Hispanic people in the US. Yahoo also cited comScore data that show tremendous mobile internet growth among Hispanics, which is "outpacing that of all other groups, with 88% of Hispanics consuming content on their mobile phones." Here's the new Spanish language mobile homepage, which mirrors the look and feel of the English-language version: Here's the PC version; note the tile ad en Espanol: The ad below from the Spanish mobile si [...]


Google Plays It Safe With ’09 Veterans Day Logo

If you visit Google.com today, you will see a special logo for Veterans Day. The logo is less complex when compared to last years, where Google had to fix their Veterans Day logo. Last year, Google placed hats on top of each letter on the Google logo, the hats included Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marines. But they forgot one, the U.S. Coast Guard, which they added later. Google also has a logo on Google.co.uk for Remembrance Day: Bing has a Veterans Day Theme: Yahoo typically skips adding a special logo for today, which is what they have done today. But you can see more [...]


How Google & Yahoo Make Money Off A Twitter Typo Domain

Like many people, I misspelled a domain name today when I was trying to visit a web site. I typed Twiter.com (with one T) rather than Twitter.com. I wasn't surprised to land on a site with ads, as is common when entering typos. I was surprised that both Google and Yahoo were making money off those ads. Google has a program known as AdSense For Domains, previously known as DomainPark. Got a tasty domain but no content for it? AdSense For Domains will put lucrative ads up on it, for you (really lucrative: see more here and here). The practice is known as domaining. And before some domainer [...]


Halloween ’09 From Google, Yahoo, Bing & Others

Today is Halloween and the search engines have logos up for the special day. Before I post the logos, here are some posts from others in the community on Halloween. Matt Cutts of Google had a holy costume. Google Blogoscoped noticed Google added trick or treat to their robots.txt file. Bing has a special visual search edition for today. Bruce Clay's team dressed up and PPC Heros added some funk. Finally, the logos you see below is reposted from the Search Engine Roundtable. Google has four Doodles: Yahoo (Flash): AOL (Flash): YouTube: Bing: Ask.com: [...]


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