Yahoo.com will soon have a new homepage. Thanks to the company’s CEO, Marissa Mayer. The biggest change will be a “sticky” search bar that is always fixed at the top of the page. Even the logo will change. Gone will be the iconic purple Yahoo! logo, as it will be replaced by a more traditional white one.
After spending almost 16 years in one of the world’s most popular internet destinations, co-founder Jerry Yang finally decided to “pursue other interests outside of Yahoo.” This isn’t quite surprising considering the company’s rather unstable situation that requires some serious financial help and direction.
We definitely love our adorable pets but not the messy excreta they leave behind. Communities and apartments are thus adopting a service called PooPrints that identifies the dogs to fine the owners who fail to pick up after their pet.
Recently, Yahoo! installed poster-sized touchscreen gaming systems across 20 different bus-stops in San Francisco. The games are multi-player and therefore will allow commuters to play games with people at other bus stops. This surely sounds cool!
We don’t really know anyone who is actually a Bing fan, but if you are, then here’s a good news. Launched in June 1, 2009, Microsoft’s own search engine has come a long way. Today, it is now the no. 2 search engine in the US, surpassing Yahoo! which dropped to the third spot. Bing grew from 13.6 % to 13.9 % in August this year, while Yahoo! dropped from 14.3 % to only 13.1 %.
In an effort to compete with the undisputed search king Google, Microsoft and Yahoo finally solidifies their 10 year search deal. And there’s a good reason for it. As per a Net Applications report, Google actually accounted for a massive 85% of all the searches performed on the internet. On a comparative scale Yahoo and Microsoft account for less than 10% when combined. That’s not just bad, its pathetic!
Yahoo now has a new CEO, Carol Bartz. She is the former CEO of the flagship computer-aided design software company, AutoDesk. She is also the one who transformed AutoDesk into a $1.5 billion company. Reputed to be extremely proactive, Carol Bartz is credited with instituting Autodesk’s “3F” or “fail-fast forward” concept. Bartz is also in Cisco and Intel boards.
Even though Microsoft had gone as far as a ‘hostile takeover’ for Yahoo a few months back, things have changed. Steve Ballmer says, “We have moved on”. Yahoo still is the world’s most popular internet portal and is officially the world’s most heavily trafficked website (not Google). But, what can I say Jerry…dude, this is what happens when you throw away 45 billion dollars. Better luck next time.