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December 12, 2007

Live Search, mapping to benefit from latest Microsoft acquisition

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 9:34 AM

Microsoft this morning announced the purchase of Multimap, a U.K. company that describes itself as "one of the world's leading providers of online mapping and location-based services. Our company delivers more online maps, point-to-point driving directions and geo-spatial ("where's my nearest?") searches to more businesses and consumers than any other supplier in Europe."

As usual, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Multimap will operate as a subsidiary of Microsoft's Online Services Group.

In addition to linking up with a host of predictable Microsoft products (Live Search, Virtual Earth) the company sees "future integration potential for a range of other Microsoft products and platforms."

December 11, 2007

InfoSpace extends Yahoo search agreement

Posted by Tricia Duryee at 10:43 AM

Bellevue-based InfoSpace said today that it has extended its multi-year agreement with Yahoo, allowing the Bellevue-based company to include Yahoo's search results as part of its metasearch technology.

InfoSpace will not only be able to continue delivering Web search results, but also text-based advertising listings from Yahoo. The technology involves the whole portfolio of InfoSpace sites, including Dogpile, WebCrawler, MetaCrawler, and private-label services.

Metasearch technology means it can prioritize from various search engine's algorithm types.

This is a important win for a company that over the past year has decided to sell off its mobile properties and focus solely on its Internet search business.

In October, the company sold its mobile infrastructure business to Motricity for $135 million. In September, it sold to Idearc of Dallas for $225 million in cash; and it's on track to pay out $300 million in dividends to shareholders early next year.

"Extending our partnership with Yahoo demonstrates our continued commitment to deliver the most powerful metasearch experience," said Jim Voelker, chairman and CEO of InfoSpace. "Today's consumers want to be assured they are getting the most comprehensive and relevant results, and we go a step further by bringing them together in one place."

October 10, 2007

Is Google un-American?

Posted by Kristi Heim at 1:09 PM

So most of the searching done on the Internet is not in North America, as pointed out in the previous post. More people in Asia and Europe are searching the Web than people here, and guess what their favorite tool is? Google.

But hey, don't get any wild ideas, you UN-supporting, Rick Steves guidebook-toting left-coasters. Google's main office is on American soil. And now they've taken to dressing up their logo with pictures of a Soviet satellite. Ungrateful commies!

Watch out, Sergey. Once they find out you were born in Moscow, they might just try to send you back.

UPDATE: Well, today the folks at Google have for replaced the "l" with a sketch of the late Luciano Pavarotti, who was born on this day in 1935. Wait, wasn't he Italian?

Google search more dominant globally

Posted by Benjamin J. Romano at 10:14 AM

ComScore today released its first report on global search market share, showing Google's lead worldwide is even bigger than in the United States.

Most of the widely reported Internet search metrics measure just the U.S. or North American markets. As the comScore report indicates, that misses the majority of the world's Internet searches. Broken down by region, the Asia-Pacific region in August had the most searchers (258 million) and searches (20.3 billion), followed by Europe, North America, Latin America and the Middle East-Africa. Latin Americans conducted the most searches per capita (95).

Worldwide, the comScore report found "that more than 750 million people age 15 and older -- or 95 percent of the worldwide Internet audience -- conducted 61 billion searches worldwide in August, an average of more than 80 searches per searcher."

Google sites -- mainly the company's search engine and video site YouTube -- were responsible for about 37.1 billion of the August searches, 60.8 percent. During the same month, Google sites had 56.5 percent of the U.S. search market.

Yahoo sites had 14 percent. Chinese-language search engine was third globally with 5.3 percent.

Microsoft sites came in fourth with 3.5 percent. The company is struggling to improve its search share with a series of improvements to be released gradually this month.

Tricia Duryee
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Angel Gonzalez
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Kristi Heim
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Benjamin J. Romano
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