Archive for October, 2005

Adobe Acquisition Of Macromedia Approved

Friday 14 October 2005 @ 2:41 pm

Quite a number of acquisitions and merger are going on in the IT industry lately, here come another one, though it’s still in the proposal stage.

Adobe announced on Oct 13, 2005 that they have already granted clearance from the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) for the acquisition of Macromedia. In fact, back in April, 2005, Adobe has confirmed a definitive agreement to acquire Macromedia and eventually got approved after 6 months.
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Adobe Acquisition Of Macromedia Approved

Yahoo! Podcasts & Yahoo! News Search

Friday 14 October 2005 @ 3:23 am

Google has launched several new services in the past few weeks, such as Google Talk, Google Secure Access,Google Reader, etc. Yahoo, on the other hand, also launched two new service last week, one is Yahoo! Podcasts and another is Yahoo! News Search.

While Google has a dedicated search for blogs, Yahoo! makes sure their did not get left behind by launching Yahoo! Podcasts. This search engine enables you to search for any podcast in the Internet according to the keyword you typed in.

I just did a search using “Carlos Santana” to search for any podcast of the famous musician. The search was fast and I can actually listen to the podcast found right from the search result. Cool huh? For people who are using podcast, here is another way of getting visitors to your blog through search engine. :)
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Yahoo! Podcasts & Yahoo! News Search

MSN + Yahoo Messenger Merging

Thursday 13 October 2005 @ 5:23 pm

I read from this news source that Microsoft and Yahoo! are working out a plan to allow both their Instant Messaging (IM) Services, MSN Messenger and Yahoo Messenger, to link with each other. Seeing the launch of Google Talk in August 2005, Microsoft and Yahoo have responded quickly enough to hunt down the new comer. These two IM services is currently serving more than 1/4 billion of users around the world. So, with the merge between them, their rival AIM and Google will have to think of a better strategy to counter it.

Well, the merge of MSN and Yahoo Messenger will mean communication between these two IM without using a third party client, such as Trillion.
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MSN + Yahoo Messenger Merging

USD$2.99/yr Domain From Yahoo! Not Again !!

Wednesday 12 October 2005 @ 4:17 am

Ok, I guess I am getting fed up by keep on mentioning crazy domain offers from Yahoo! in the last few weeks. Now, here I go again shouting “Insanely cheap domain from Yahoo!, go grab one now!“.

This is the third time in 2 months, Yahoo is selling domain names at less than USD$3/year. Unless they hope new buyers will somehow buy some hosting services from them while purchasing the cheap domain, otherwise they will be losing lots of money.

Well, needless to say much, head over to Yahoo! Small Business to check it out. This offer is valid until October 31, 2005 at 11:59PM PST, which is November 1, 2005 at 02:59PM local time. I think I calculated it correctly this time.

Go grab the insanely cheap domain now! :)

eBay’s PayPal Acquires VeriSign Unit

Tuesday 11 October 2005 @ 4:26 pm

Well, in less than 1 month after eBay confirmed the acquisition of Skype, eBay announced on Monday, 10 October, 2005, that its PayPal is going to acquire VeriSign’s payment processing business for USD$370 million. This acquisition will form a strong alliance between the famous e-commerce payment service and the payment security company.

So, who will benefit from this acquisition? Of course, for sure we as buyer or seller on the Internet will be benefited. As a quick response to Google’s plan to launch similar electronic payment service, PayPal has done a good job to consolidate its status as the largest online payments company.
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eBay’s PayPal Acquires VeriSign Unit

Spam Google – You’ll Find Only Rubbish

Tuesday 11 October 2005 @ 1:35 pm

Spam GoogleHave you ever tried to search some information for your assignment or project using Google Search but ended up getting some spam rubbish instead? Maybe the first few search results are relevant to what you searched, but the other are just plain rubbish.

Philipp Lenssen of Google Blogoscoped felt the frustration, thus, created Spam Google, which utilises Google Search but will only give you spam results instead of what you want.

Just as Spam Google’s slogan “Just the noise.” says, you will only find advertisement spam and all sorts of crap.
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Spam Google – You’ll Find Only Rubbish

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