Paul La Monica at Media Biz writes about the new search features at Yahoo! Now, like Google, searches will integrate video, images and audio in a single search. More interesting is their new Yahoo! Search Assist box that provides related search items to the keyword entered. Read more
Yahoo! has announced it is buying popular popular SaaS email product Zimbra for $350 million. Zimbra is a great compliment to Yahoo’s personal email software. Zimbra, which is targeted to small-to-medium size businesses, provides email and calendar services very similar to Microsoft Outlook (with a VERY similar look and feel). The difference is the service is delivered online rather than from your desktop, and costs $28 per user. This acquisition is the most recent response to the war waging between Yahoo! and Google. Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Docs have had many online users and businesses switching over to the G-spot… including me. Yahoo! has had to quickly outgrow its roots as a portal and personal email service, to offering services compelling to business operators. This fierce competition can only mean good things for the online user, with more and more software coming online and being offered for free or at very affordable rates.
When Yahoo! was booking their baseball stadium billboard ad, I don’t think this is what they quite had in mind. I hope they weren’t charged premium placement pricing. Click here for 14 other unfortunately placed ads.