Thursday Jan 31, 2008

Microsoft & Yahoo!

Microsoft and Yahoo to merge? Here's the Reuters story on it! It values Yahoo! at $44.6 bn which is a  62% premium on yesterday's price. The deal will be effected by a cash and shares offer.

What does it mean? Obviously its a defensive move against Google's competitive position, and I am being constantly persuaded by friends to try Google's new services. Market success in Google's business is based on keeping its users looking at their sites, they do this by doing things well and by innovating to attract new users (or at least new usages). Will a Microsoft/Yahoo! merger help them or me? I am not really sure.

A sub story at Reuters is that EU refuses to comment, although the story really doesn't say much more, apart from to name the spokesman.

Its interesting to check out their combined network services, games, MMORPGs, chat,  groups, bookmarks and pictures. Yahoo! has had a habit of picking up the social service providers I'd chosen, I know it'll impact me. I wonder if it will or should impact my search for a new internet client.

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Tuesday Feb 28, 2006

about: Yahoo Maps

I've been checking out the Yahoo Maps beta. I've not yet posted an application yet but I have discovered the following links which I need to return to sometime.

Yahoo Maps Beta Demo - San Francisco :: Yahoo! Maps Developer Community, a yahoo group :: Yahoo! - Simple API Reference Manual :: Yahoo! Map Services - Sample App. :: Yahoo's Sample .xml :: GeoRSS.

I also did a query to discover the latitude and longtitude of Oxford, the centre of the UK, and discovered these links. Oxford, Long/Lat @ Google :: Oxford @ Wikipedia :: UK Towns.

These links are posted here to avoid flooding my del.icio.us, but this article will be linked.

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