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Yahoo’s Three Big Challenges

Yahoo’s Three Big Challenges

Yahoo's new CEO, ex-Googler Marissa Mayer, faces no shortages of challenges turning the struggling behemoth around, but there are some key places that require some frantic surgery. With Yahoo's share price still slumping, Mayer's first day on the job will be spent triaging the numerous weak points and figuring out how she can bring first stability and then a turnaround to the ravaged firm. But which exactly are those main areas that need attention?

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Microsoft writes-down $6.2bn aQuantive deal

Microsoft writes-down $6.2bn aQuantive deal

Microsoft has announced that it will be taking a $6.2 billion write-down of its aQuantive advertising service. Microsoft bought aQuantive back in May 2007 in order to leverage its search capabilities against Google, but this latest news means that its value has plummeted to almost nothing. As a result, it’s expected that when Microsoft releases its latest financial results for the quarter, any profit will be nullified.

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Google suggests concessions to Antitrust Regulators in EU

Google suggests concessions to Antitrust Regulators in EU

The search engine portion of the Google conglomeration is currently under investigation in Europe for supposedly touting their own for-sale products when they should only be showing unbiased search results. Today we're finding that the European Commission has received a letter from Google's Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt which offered proposals prepared to avoid fines for anticompetitive behavior. Googles Brussles spokesperson Al Verney noted that the proposals address all four issues that the Comission had raised and that they're committed to working with the Commission to resolve the matter.

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Baidu to share revenue with Apple for iOS deal

Baidu to share revenue with Apple for iOS deal

Apple recently confirmed that it will be offering Baidu as an additional search engine option for iOS users in China, while Google will remain the default. In an interview with Bloomberg, Baidu's vice president Wang Jing said that as part of the deal, it will be sharing its advertising revenue with Apple, although he did not reveal the specific commercial terms.

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Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

Apple may replace Google with Baidu for Chinese iOS

New sources from Bloomberg are confirming rumors that Apple may be replacing Google with Baidu for the Chinese version of iOS. The sources say that the announcement could come as soon as next week, when Apple will be hosting its annual WWDC event. The move adds to the notion that Apple is trying to reduce its dependence on Google products, following reports that Apple may replace Google Maps with its own in-house mapping service.

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Google Search 2.0 for iPhone and iPad Review

Google Search 2.0 for iPhone and iPad Review

This week Google has let it be known that they've got Google Search 2.0 out for download with improvements for both the iPhone and the iPad. What we're seeing here is a complete redesign in user interface, speed improvements galore, and a lots more gesture actions than ever before. This version of Google Search gives you quick access to all apps Google such as Gmail, Calendar, Docs, and more, and may very well be the best single Google app for iOS yet.

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SlashGear 101: What is So.cl?

SlashGear 101: What is So.cl?

Microsoft has taken the covers off of their brand new "social searching" network in collaboration with Bing to bring you results that the whole social web generates. This is not a social network, nor is it a search engine - instead what you've got is a way to post news bits for your friends - or whatever you like, but mostly news bits we're going to go ahead and guess, and Bing will power it all. What makes this engine different from any other news sharing service out there, then?

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Microsoft So.cl opens social search for all

Microsoft So.cl opens social search for all

Microsoft's So.cl social network and companion search tool has exited beta, promising to integrate comprehensive data gathering into a research tool ideal for students and knowledge addicts. Unveiled back in December 2011, So.cl was described at the time as a way of creating "montages of visual web content" by tagging search results and seeing other suggested topics from fellow researchers. However, Microsoft continues to insist that So.cl is intended to live alongside - not replace - your Facebook, Google+ or Twitter account.

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Google overhauls search with new knowledge graph

Google overhauls search with new knowledge graph

Google announced today that it will be overhauling its search in the next few days to incorporate what they call a knowledge graph. The new format places context-sensitive information about the search to the right of of the list of conventional search results. Those contextual results will allow users to more quickly drill down to what they're looking for.

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