Flickr buys Yahoo! :)

Update: Just wanted to add an observation - notice a pattern with these companies(i.e. Pyra, Ludicorp)? They were both bought for their second venture: i.e. something that happened on the side, not something they initially planned out to do. Pyra was working on the next generation groupware solution( which didn't really work out), while Ludicorp initially set out to make Game NeverEnding, a pretty awesome game. (I was on the beta test team of GNE, and it was totally superawesome).

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dotcom laughter

New York Times to Buy for about $400 Million! - and you thought only BSchool people did PJs.


dot com vs beer

Korean superportal is buying Lycos from Terra Networks for 105 million dollars. Terra originally had paid 12 billion dollars for the portal, which means that they're giving it away at close to 1/100th at the cost they paid! In case you didn't know, Daum is the biggest portal in Korea and is the 11th most popular website in the world, according to Alexa. But how wise was this deal for Terra? Here's a comment from /.:

Hm... $12.5 billion can buy about 925 million 12-packs of bottled Guinness Draught. At the 5 cent per bottle recycling rate in NY state, that would net about $555 million.

crack scene!

BlogRolling acquired by Tucows!!! Press release at Y! News. Congratulations, Jason!


yahoo vs google

Yahoo dumps Google. They're powered by their own search engine now, thanks to the acquisitions the made last year. It's amusing to see how the browser wars have turned out. In the very beginning, we had the following players:

Altavista - One time leader in the websearch engine. Commited harakiri by tranforming into a portal, among other things.
AllTheWeb - Indexes a LOT of pages. I used it for pages I couldn't find anywhere else. But that's about all I used it for.
Yahoo - Search, mostly dependent on the then-huge human-managed directory. Plus points: search quality, and portal features.


In retrospect, the Testbed Theory maybe a little far out, but now I'm almost sure that Google bought Blogger to bolster its Google News thingy. You see, Google News has a very slow response time - it took the Columbia mishap 6 hours to appear on the top of the page. On the other hand, millions of blogs had found out and reported a lot about it within minutes (including me). So it is for those six hours that Google will be using Blogger's data. Or so I think.

Have you noticed the footer of Google News? It's changed from

No humans were harmed or even used in the creation of this page


The selection and placement of stories on this page were determined automatically by a computer program.

The new line accomodates the possibility that blogs were involved.

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oh dang didly doo!

Google buys Pyra! This is major. Ev, Jason and the gang rollerblading in the GooglePlex... hmm.

Everyone seems to be wondering why this happened - as in, what use is a content hosting service to a search company?
A lot of people are saying that there's going to be a "Blogs" tab now, beside the News and other tabs. Some people are also wondering if Blogspot sites will get a better pagerank.

But why buy Pyra? Why not just get 20 people to build Blogger in a month? Here's what I think: It's all about the data™. In Page and Brin's paper - The Anatomy of a Large-Scale Hypertextual Web Search Engine - the base assumption was that the WWW is a huge interlinked connection of information. And you know what's incredibly funny? The Blogosphere is just that - a small scale WWW.