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Microsoft And Yahoo Search Deal Gets Regulatory Approval

Microsoft  (site) and Yahoo! (site) have been given the final approval by the EU to go ahead with a partnership that was agreed to last July. That partnership will see Yahoo’s search results being powered by Microsoft Bing for a cut of the ad revenues.

The deal has also been agreed to by US regulators without any conditions seeing the two take control of 30% of the search market — the other 70% of which is controlled by Google.

A joint statement by the companies said: "While Microsoft will provide the underlying platform, both companies will continue to create different, compelling and evolving experiences, competing for audience, engagement and clicks."

By combining the two, Yahoo! will take over the search advertising work of Microsoft saving them the cost of running huge spidering centers, while Bing will provide all the links for every Yahoo search.

Like all such deals at the moment, the original agreement announced last summer is designed to cut costs for both companies and increase revenue share, which should see some improvement as the combined networks should be considerably more attractive to advertisers than they would be operating on their own.

Microsoft and Yahoo will begin the transition of algorithmic search and have set a goal of completing that effort in at least the United States by the end of 2010.

The companies also said they hope to make significant progress transitioning U.S. advertisers and publishers prior to the 2010 holiday season, but may wait until 2011 if they determine that the transition will be more effective after the holiday season.

All global customers and partners are expected to be transitioned by early 2012.

Google Buys reMail, Prepping to Boost Mobile Inboxes?

Google Buys reMail, Prepping to Boost Mobile Inboxes?


Apparently Google’s shopping bug wasn’t squashed when it acquired social search startup Aardvark last week. The company has gone and bought up another email-based startup called reMail, but this time the focus is on mobile capabilities.  


Like Aardvark, reMail’s original team was sprinkled with ex-Googlers. reMail Founder and CEO Gabor Cselle, once worked on the Gmail team, and backer Sanjeev Singh helped build Gmail as well as co-founded FriendFeed.

Just Launched in August, the tool is an alternative to the native iPhone mail client. reMail provides a nifty iPhone application that gives users full text-search abilities for all of their e-mal, as well as storage for an entire account on the device using advanced compression techniques (word is you can fit 100,000 messages into 500 megabytes).

Back to G

Cselle reports that he will be returning to Google in Mountain View as a Product Manager on the Gmail team.

“Gmail is where my obsession with email started as an engineering intern back in 2004, and I’m thrilled to be coming back to a place with so many familiar faces,” he said. “reMail’s goal was to re-imagine mobile email, and I’m proud we have built a product that so many users find useful. Still, I feel like we’ve only seen the beginning of what’s possible. Google is the best place in the world to improve the status quo on how people communicate and share information. If you have what it takes to make these changes happen, I encourage you to reach out and come join me.

Meanwhile, reMail will be discontinued and has already been removed it from the App Store.

Do you smell incorporation? We do. Google’s been making too many moves in the social email and search field not to have something up their sleeve. The incorporation of reMail into Google’s own mobile technology could lead to a load of happy Android/Nexus owners, and, let’s face it, in the wake of Buzz a few new fans wouldn’t hurt.

Google Grabs Aardvark Social Search for $50 Million

These days, staying away from Google is nearly impossible. Just ask ex-Googlers Max Ventilla and Nathan Stoll, who left the search giant to make their own engine – a social search tool called Aardvark – just to turn right back around and sell it to them.

Though Google has yet to confirm the purchase themselves, TechCrunch reports that Big G has paid out somewhere around US$ 50 million for Aardvark. This is significant because even though you might not have heard of them, the company is no small player.

Finding the Best Answer

Because it’s social, the engine requires users to register first. Once that’s all set, a user can ask any question and Aardvark will search for "the perfect person to answer." The idea is that instead of digging through pages of content, a user can get a direct answer the first time around. 

The success of the engine is, of course, entirely dependent on the number of users, the number of questions asked and the number of questions answered. As of October 2009, such stats looked like this: 

  • 90,361 users
  • 55.9% of users had created content
  • An average of 3,167.2 questions per day
  • 98.1% of questions asked on Aardvark were unique
  • 87.7% of questions submitted were answered (60% within the first 10 minutes)

What Will Google Do with Aardvark?

Honestly, who knows! Big G has had a social hair up their you-know-what for a long time now, but the itch has been particularly prevalent this year, highlighted exponentially by the release of Google Buzz. 

Google also kicked out a social search function of their own last month. The feature is still in beta, and you can see it in action if you've got a Google Profile. It  works sort of like Aardvark, except instead of posing a question to a load of strangers, Google Social Search digs up results related to a query from within your social circle.

For example, if you use Google to search for a restaurant like Denny's and a friend connected to you via your Profile has reviewed that restaurant on Yelp and connected Yelp to their Profile, their review will likely be in your social search results. This is great for discovering the Web activities of your friends, but not exactly direct and time-saving like Aardvark aims to be. 

Like most of Google's moves as of late, the addition of Social Search was seen by many as a challenge for Facebook. It will be interesting to see if and how the acquisition of Aardvark will continue that conversation.

New Mobile Meta Search Service Uses Google, Bing as Sources

Why stick with one search engine, when you can get the best of both worlds? New service, Gune, takes this approach to mobile search.

Make Search Google With A Bing

Gune is a beta search service offering a meta-search service focused on mobile information, which works on the desktop but is now extending to the mobile space. It is available as a plain mobile web page or there are a series of web launchers for Noka, BlackBerry and Palm phones.

The results of your searches are combined from both Google and Bing, and it also has old-style Yahoo-like categories you can investigate including business, technology, shopping and so on. Each of these provides a list of mobile sites for services that may be useful such as Bloomberg, CNN and so on.

Find stuff easier on your mobile.

Results On The Go

With an initial thought that they were trying to combine Google with Zune, it actually transpires that Gune is Basque for "Site." A Brazilian-developed product from Handcase, there are a couple of language foibles in the text, but it works as advertised, splitting the results into two panes, with the top results from each service, optimized for a mobile screen.

For anyone with something less than an iPhone or Android who wants decent search, or just needs a set of links to hand quickly, Gune is practical and to the point, a welcome change to the increasingly bloated search sites and products.

Attivio Announces High Sales, New Partnerships and Plum Award(s)

With search such a hot topic these days for both enterprise content management and web content management, it's probably not such a stretch that a provider of unified information access solutions, like Attivio (site), is doing so well.

Record Sales, New Clients

Attivio's fiscal year ended last month and the results were pretty impressive. According to the company which is not a public company, so we can't provide details, sales growth of 334% was achieved over the previous year.

They also doubled their client base and brought some major new clients (but we aren't going to name names, you'll have to head over to the Attivio website if you want those). We do know, however, that Attivio now has clients on three continents, so they are getting around.

Partnerships Help Deliver The Platform

A couple of new partners joined Attivio this year to help deliver their solution. These included Accenture, Ness, and Netezza. Attivio implements their solution primarily via system integrators, like Accenture.

Netezza, a provider of data warehousing and analytic appliances, has added Attivio's Active Intelligence Engine (AIE) to their TwinFin data warehouse appliance.

A Red Herring

One of the must-have awards is the Red Herring Global 100 and Attivio is pleased to be among the 99 other vendors in that list.

In addition to that award, the company was also recognized as "Cool Vednor in BI and Perfromance Management" by Gartner, a company with an "innovative technology" by the 451 Group Report, and a trend setter in the Trend Setting Product category by KMWorld.

There's a couple of other awards in there, but you get the point.

Taking Search to New Levels

Attivio's goal is to solve one basic problem, understanding what the customer is saying. To do that they bring together the worlds of business intelligence, data warehousing and enterprise search (also called information access) using their The Active Intelligence Engine platform.

In an interview with Attivio CTO Sid Probstein, Mike Vizard if IT BusinessEdge said this:

At the end of the day, says Probstein, the fundamental issue that Attivio is trying to solve is that most knowledge workers spend more time gathering data than analyzing it. Unfortunately, it seems like the vast majority of our enterprise applications are about gathering more data than ever, rather than trying to make sense of it.