• Microsoft Positions Office For IPad
    The iPad's extraordinary success is forcing Microsoft to refocus, and, once again, bow at the altar of Apple.
  • Time Running Out For Private Facebook
    Regardless of market conditions, Facebook may be forced to proceed with its IPO.
  • Low Bids For Yahoo Stake
    The first bids for a minority stake in Yahoo are in -- and they're not great.
  • Spotify Seeking Broad Publisher Partnerships
    Spotify this week should start welcoming in any Web developers and publishers interested in tapping the company's music library of more than 15 million songs.
  • Flavors.me Seeks To Sort The Social Web
    The latest startup to tackle information-overload, Flavors.me hopes to become a "catch-all" for social content, as well as a stream designed to aggregate fragmented social services. As Fast Company reports, the latest version of Flavors culls content from about three-dozen sources, including Facebook, Instagram, Foursquare, Flickr, Netflix, and Last.fm. “Add a couple channels, follow a few friends, and you'll instantly create a stream of content across all networks,” Fast Company explains. “The idea is to curate and not simply aggregate our social content--Flavors comes with a sleek tool to easily filter out sources and people, which is easily the service's …
  • Senator Curbs Tracking Shoppers' Cell Phones
    Remember those two malls we told you about last year, which planned on tracking shoppers’ every move by monitoring their cell phone signals. Well, following a phone call from Sen. Charles Schumer's office, the Promenade Temecula in southern California and Short Pump Town Center in Richmond, Va. have decided to put the project on hold. While malls have long tracked how crowds move throughout their stores, this would have been the first time they've used cell phones, CNNMoney.com reported last week. Customers were to be notified of the tracking via small signs, but the only way for them to opt …
  • Report: Yahoo Aiming To Unload Minority Stake
    Apparently, Yahoo’s board is doing everything it can to prevent selling the company as a whole. Rather, it’s reportedly taking offers for a minority stake in the struggling Web giant. As sources tell The New York Times, a consortium of investors led by private equity firm Silver Lake and Microsoft is one of several parties interested in such an arrangement. Yahoo’s financial advisers at Allen & Company and Goldman Sachs set the end of business on Monday as a deadline for offers for a minority stake in company, The Times reports, citing sources. Meanwhile, TPG Capital, another private equity firm, …
  • WordPress Bows Ad Program WordAds
    No, not AdSense. WordAds -- That’s what WordPress.com is calling its new, very AdSense-like advertising program. Made possible by a recent partnership with Federated Media, WordAds will carry premium display ads from respected brands, but will only be available to select, high-performing WordPress blogs. “It’s open to publicly visible blogs with custom domains, and factors such as level of traffic and engagement, type of content, and language used will factor into whether a blog gets accepted,” TheNextWeb writes. Premium or not, news of the problem raises the obvious question: What took WordPress so long? “With 50,000 new WordPress.com blogs coming online …
  • Google Asks EU To OK Motorola Mobility Deal
    Google is seeking EU regulatory clearance of its planned purchase of handset maker Motorola Mobility Holdings.
  • Micro-Labor Marketplaces Having A Moment
    Once the sole province of Craigslist, a host of Web sites and mobile applications have popped up to help people contract out all manner of chores and services.
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