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Microsoft, Yahoo Chipped Away at Google’s Search Market Share in February

google-searchThe world’s most popular online search engine, Google, lost an immaterial amount of market share in February 2011 over the previous month, according to a new report published by the research firm HitWise.

The decline in Google market share was the result of a marginal gain in the combined market share of top rivals, Microsoft and Yahoo.

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Flickr Mistakenly Deletes/Undeletes User’s Account With 4,000 Photos

A long time Flickr user, Bindermichi (his blog post), got a big shock on February 1 when he tried to log in to his Flickr account, only to be asked to create a new account, even though he already had one, for over five years.

Flickr erroneously deleted the man’s account after he reported another Flickr user who was allegedly stealing photos from his stream.

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Yahoo promotes chief architect as new company CTO

The Yahoo board has appointed Dr. Raymie Stata as the top technology executive at the company, promoting him to Chief Technology Officer (CTO), from his previous position as Chief Architect at the company.

Prior to joining Yahoo, Dr. Raymie Stata founded Stata Laboratories, a firm that developed a web-based email client along with advanced anti-spam filter technologies, that was acquired by Yahoo in 2004. He has worked at the company since the acquisition.

The new position is effective immediately.

Mr. Ari Balogh was the preceding CTO at Yahoo after he announced he would resign as CTO for personal reasons. His resignation went into effect today. He was with Yahoo since the summer of 2008.

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Yahoo exec Carol Bartz compensation topped $47M in 2009

According to SEC papers published today, Yahoo chief executive Carol Bartz earned $47.22-million in 2009 in total compensation.

The Yahoo boss received a salary worth $969,872 in the year, and long call options currently worth $42.1-million. The remainder came from other compensation, bringing total compensation to $47.22-million in 2009.

We firstly reported on January 16, 2009 that an SEC filing indicated she would earn $19-million in 2009, where it was believed she would receive $4-million in annual bonuses, a $1-million base salary, and $10-million in equity and cash payments. That SEC filing indicated she would receive stock options, but only now that amount has been disclosed.

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Yahoo reports positive Q1 earnings as advertising sales plummet

Yahoo today reported [PDF] first quarter earnings for 2009.

The California-based web giant reported net income of $310-million ($0.22 per share), up significantly from the same period last year when the company reported total profits of only $118-million ($0.08 per share).

Total revenue in Q1 2010 was $1,597-million, up marginally by 1-percent over the same period last year.

“We had a good quarter, delivering income from operations higher than our outlook,”
said Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz.

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Microsoft redesigns MSN, Bing search market share up

Microsoft Corporation today launched a redesign of its popular Internet portal MSN.com.

The company has updated the site with a far more simple and clean design, along with new social networking features that display information from various social networks you set up such as Facebook and Twitter. A new featured called TrendWatch was also implemented, which essentially scans Twitter for local news content.

The company has also now implemented full Facebook support.

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Top Business Tech Stories of 2009

We’ve seen a lot of things happen in 2009, some things were expected, some were not, some were shocking, and some were simply never seen or heard of before.

From the biggest Ponzi scheme ever seen in U.S. history, to the global financial credit crisis, to historic health care reform championed by the first black President of the United States.

A lot has happened in 2009, and we’ve compiled it all up for you with the top 8 topics of the entire year.

1. The Global Financial Crisis

With the near collapse of the global credit market, and unprecedented actions being taken by global leaders to stave off a global economic meltdown, the financial crisis was plastered in the media almost every day and even became a primary presidential voting issue, thereby making it the story of 2009. With billions provided in emergency bailout loans to financial intermediaries, Wall Street was still paying millions in bonuses with outstanding government loans, while millions of Americans faced forclosurer and high unemployment rates. The Obama administration later moved to block $165-million in AIG bonuses alone and later blocked bonuses from being paid while the financial intermediaries had outstanding government debt. Warren Buffet’s company Berkshire Hathaway even reported its biggest loss ever (only its second loss in its history). There were also opportunities for firms to act on, such as Disney who acquired Marvel Entertainment for $4B. Despite households losing significant amounts of money primairly from their positions in risky equity positions, some did profit (though not for too long)…Bearnie Madoff was sentenced to 150 years in prison following a conviction for operating the biggest Ponzi scheme ever seen in U.S. history that saw $50 billion defrauded from investors.

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Yahoo releases Flickr iPhone app, Finance BlackBerry app

Yahoo today released two new important mobile apps, a native Flickr iPhone app (iTunes) along with a Yahoo Finance BlackBerry application.

The Flickr iPhone app is now the best way to upload, manage, and share your photos on Flickr via the iPhone. You can seamlessly upload photos and add information to photos such as descriptions and tags. You can also view and comment on photos from other users.

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Google adds left pane to image search

Google has just introduced a new left column pane to its images search to better allow you to refine your searches.

These option were previously hidden in the advanced search page, but have now been pushed out to the main search page.

The move comes as competition is set to intensify in the online search engine space with the biggest rivals, Microsoft and Yahoo announcing a joint partnership to take on Google.

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Yahoo goes all iPhone, ceases BlackBerry development

Update: Yahoo will NOT cease BlackBerry (and other mobile platform development). Yahoo! remains committed to improving Yahoo! Mobile for web and their existing cross-platform applications, as well as developing new and engaging experiences for consumers across various devices and platforms, including RIM, Apple, Widows Mobile, Nokia and more.

Yahoo will completely stop (now confirmed) developing its mobile application for the BlackBerry platform to focus its efforts solely towards the iPhone.

According to developer job applicants for Yahoo’s Mobile BlackBerry team, the applicants
received a reply from Yahoo that read, “Yahoo has decided to cease development [on the BlackBerry platform]”

Yahoo will now only continue to build the exclusive app for the iPhone, and simply continue to maintain the existing mobile browser based site. The company aims at bringing the app experiences straight to the mobile browser (remains to be seen). Yahoo Mobile chief executive Adam Taggart previously said “you can always do more with an app on your phone,” but maintained the company remains committed to both apps and the browser.

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