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Showing posts with label Yahoo. Show all posts

February 4, 2012

How to Search the Web more better

For most people, searching the web is limited to just entering a bit of text into a search box. Here we show you how to search faster, more accurately and have some fun while doing it too. With these tricks & tips you can search the web more better.
Launched in 1997, this search engine with a minimalist design has grown in a way that a few would have imagined. It is adopted by multiple browsers as the engine for their top search bar and is also used as a homepage by various browsers.

Tips, tricks and easter eggs
1. Search in Klingon — If you're a Star Trek fan, head to to view Google in Star Trek's Klingon language. 
2. Search as Elmer Fudd — Looney Tunes fans can view Google in the way Elmer Fudd speaks by vis iting .
3. Play Pacman in Google has a mini version of the game to play. 
4. Experimental Google - will show you options to enable keyboard shortcuts for a faster web search.

Although Yahoo has been in the search business since 1994, they have recently entered into a deal with Microsoft for their search engine to be powered by Bing. The transition is expected to be complete sometime during 2012.

Tips, tricks and easter eggs

1. Yahoo Yokel — Open (not the Yahoo India site) and click on the exclamation mark in the Yahoo logo on top to hear the Yahoo yokel. 
2. Compose email from search box — In the search box type "!mail" (where is a complete email ID) to directly compose a mail with that email ID in the 'to' field (You need to be signed in to Yahoo for this to work). 
3. Search within a website — Yahoo allows you to search within other sites from its search page. Just type "!sitename query" (for example !wiki Vegas).

Bing has been through its share of transitions right from when it started off as MSN Search in 1999. Over the years it was changed to Windows Live Search and Live Search before Microsoft finally settled on Bing in 2009.

Tips, tricks and easter eggs
1. Get the full version of Bing — The localised version of Bing's search page shows a trimmed down version. Go to and set your language to US-English to see the en tire interactive search page.
2. Get search results as RSS feeds — You can subscribe to search results as RSS feeds by adding "&format=rss" to the search results page URL. 
3. Results for linked files — You can search a specific site for linked files by adding "contains:filetype" in your query (for eg site: contains:doc). Search Engines for Specific Needs

For Music
Use Midomi to discover new music, listen to samples or just sing/hum into your microphone to find the name of a song you've heard before. They also offer free iOS & Android apps.

Deep Web Search
Dogpile combines most relevant search results of your query from Google, Yahoo & Bing to deliver results faster. You can even add it to your browser or get a toolbar.

For Images
1. Bookmark PicSearch to search for images from all over the web. It offers easy ways to streamline your search plus image dimensions & file size are clearly mentioned upfront.
2. Bookmark Getty Images -Find high resolution royalty free images, editorial stock photos, vector art, video footage clips and stock music licensing at the richest image search photo library

Medicine Related
Probably the largest medical resource on the internet, WebMD can check on symptoms, offer food advice, tips on parenting and pregnancy and lists common names for drugs.

For Videos
1.Blinkx has over 35 million hours of video stored — all searchable, but you can also view categories, ask it to show you current news, entertain you or create a custom channel. 
3. Vimeo

Automatic Search
Wolfram Alpha is not a search engine; it's a computational knowledge engine. Use it for conversions, stats, fact finding or just enter anything that you want to know about in the search box. 

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September 7, 2011

For Yahoo, Firing Of Carol Bartz(CEO of Yahoo Inc. May Be Beginning Of End

The company confirmed Tuesday that Carol Bartz has been ousted as CEO, with CFO Tim Morse taking over on an interim basis. First reported by AllThingsD’s Kara Swisher, the news follows a post Swisher wrote earlier in the day that suggested a variety of potential investors were circling the company, effectively looking to pick away the meat from what remains on the Internet company’s bones. Among those named as possible bidders: News Corp., AT&T, Verizon and various private equity firms.
Yahoo said it has formed an “Executive Leadership Council” to support Morse until a permanent CEO is chosen. The council also will support a “comprehensive strategic review” by the company’s board. Chairman Roy Bostock said in a statement that the board is “committed to exploring and evaluating possibilities and opportunities that will put Yahoo on a trajectory for growth and innovation and deliver value to shareholders.”
Earlier a variety of potential replacements for Bartz, including recently installed Yahoo Americas chief Ross Levinsohn, among others. But the focus on the Street won’t be on succession. Investors instead will be zeroed in on the break-up value of the company.
Indeed, after a series of essentially failed CEOs – Terry Semel, Jerry Yang and Bartz – I suspect there will be increasing concern on the Street that Yahoo is simply not governable in its current state. While Yahoo gets huge traffic to some of its key properties, like Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Sports and Yahoo News, the company is clearly struggling to find an identity at a time when consumers are spending more and more time on social networking sites and mobile devices. There lately has been increasing pressure from the Street for the company to monetize its investments in Yahoo Japan and Alibaba Group – pressure that the company may no longer be able to resist. However, the Street’s confidence in the value of Yahoo’s Alibaba holdings has been tarnished by the recent public squabbling between Bartz and Alibaba foudner Jack Ma over the ownership of the Alipay online payments business.
Bartz had been scheduled to speak to investors tomorrow at the Citibank technology conference in New York; that is now not going to happen.
In May 2008, in a move that effectively saved Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer’s reputation from almost certain ruin, a Yahoo board led by Jerry Yang rejected a $47 billion, $33-a-share takeover bid from Microsoft; the company’s now-laughable excuse is that the offer was too low. Yahoo shares are trading sharply higher after hours, in obvious anticipation that by firing Bartz, for all her entertaining, salty bravad0, the board clears the way for a sale or dismantling of the company. But can they find a buyer?
Here are a few scenarios that will likely be floated in the days ahead:
  • Microsoft buys Yahoo, at last: That’s possible; Microsoft already provides Yahoo with search services. But you would imagine that Ballmer would think long and hard about going that direction again.
  • Yahoo combines with AOL: Yahoo still has a much larger market cap – about 10x larger, in fact – so AOL can’t buy Yahoo. But if you shed the Asian assets, them used the cash to pay a big dividend or buy back a large chunk of equity, it just might be possible to dream up a scenario where AOL teamed up with the core Yahoo business, with the Alibaba and Yahoo Japan stakes stripped away. But you’d also have a classic case of tying two bricks together to make them float: you’d need to prove that there’s a real business to be built focusing exclusively on Web-based content.
  • Yahoo sells the Asian assets; private equity investors buy the rest: That only makes sense if you think Yahoo has enough of an annuity business in its advertising operations to support a debt-financed buyout. Possible, but no slam dunk, and will take some creative thinking from whoever would take the plunge.
  • Yahoo unloads the Asian assets, then sells the rest to a strategic  buyer. OK, that’s possible, but which buyer? Despite Swisher’s story, I’m not convinced that it makes sense for either AT&T or Verizon; and given the debacle that was the MySpace acquisition, would News Corp. really want to take a stab at turning around Yahoo, especially given their own recent troubles?
Should be entertaining to watch; but might not necessarily provide a big payoff for investors. We’ll see.
In late trading, YHOO is up 77 cents, or 6%, to $13.68.

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September 2, 2011

The Interconnected World of Tech Companies

The “tech world” is really more of a “tech family.” Between digital giants’ appetites for acquisitions and the tendency of their ex-employees to start new companies, it’s easy to see how nearly every blip in the ecosystem is closely related.
We’ve mapped just a few of these family ties between “Xooglers,” the “PayPal Mafia”, “Softies” and the many other tech connectors who have yet to be nicknamed.
Our guess is that if you gathered a handful of tech veterans in a room, you could keep the tech connection game going forever. So while this graphic is hardly exhaustive, we’ll keep it going in the comments — feel free to add connections to the list!.
Info-graphic Presentation..

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