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Why the Yahoo home page was inaccessible for several hours last friday


Web analytics firm Netcraft ( announced last week that search engine giant Yahoo’s ( Web sites experienced brief performance problems early Friday.

The problems ranged in varying degrees, depending on the location of the user. Since Yahoo is one of the world’s busiest Web sites, the outages were noted by Internet Storm Center and news outlets.

The home page was inaccessible for several hours from Netcraft’s London, England monitoring station, responding more slowly than usual from several locations in the US.


July 9, 2007 Posted by | News, Yahoo | Leave a comment

What will Jerry Yang and Sue Decker do?

It sounds like Yahoo will redouble its bet on technology, whereas Terry Semel hinged the company’s future on content. Can they play catch-up?

Recent news:

Chief Yahoo Jerry Yang steps in to revive his creation
Finance Week

Can Yahoo turn it around?
London Free Press

Yahoo sees advertising shake-up
BBC News

Jerry Yang’s track record

Can Jerry Yang Save Yahoo?
Andrew Hines

June 27, 2007 Posted by | Yahoo | Leave a comment

Journalist joins lawsuit against Yahoo

Melissa Wang at AsiaMedia:

Shi Tao, a jailed Chinese reporter and poet, has joined a U.S. lawsuit against Yahoo! Inc. for providing user information to the Chinese government. The suit, filed by the World Organization for Human Rights USA in April, claims that Yahoo! provided identifying information of Internet users to Chinese authorities which led to the arrest of several Chinese dissidents, including Shi.
Shi, a former writer for the financial publication Contemporary Business News and a recipient of this year’s Golden Pen of Freedom Award, was sentenced to ten years in prison by a Chinese court in 2004 for giving state secrets to foreigners via his Yahoo! email account. He joins dissident Wang Xiaoning, imprisoned in 2003 for subversion, and Wang’s wife in seeking compensation from the California-based Internet company for helping in the Chinese government to convict them.
Shi’s conviction stemmed from an e-mail that he sent to a pro-democracy group in the United States regarding media restrictions in China. Yahoo! gave Shi’s anonymous Internet user ID and the location from where he sent his e-mails to the Chinese government upon request. Yahoo! maintains that it had to comply with local laws and hand over the information.

“Companies doing business in China must comply with Chinese law or its local employees could be faced with civil and criminal penalties,” Yahoo! said in a statement.

Like it or not, the quality of the actual case against Yahoo will depend on the Terms of Use Yahoo employed in China at the time of the disgusting decision to turn the information over to the Chinese gang-lord government leaders.

June 14, 2007 Posted by | Yahoo | Leave a comment

Yahoo Updating Search Results

Search Engine Land was tipped off that Yahoo is doing some pretty major revisions to search results tonight and over the next couple of days.

May 22, 2007 Posted by | Yahoo | Leave a comment

Yahoo Mail offers unlimited storage. Will Hotmail and Gmail follow?

John Kramer over at Yahoo Yodel:

As promised, we’ve started to roll out unlimited email storage to Yahoo! Mail users worldwide today. When it hits your account, you’ll notice the storage meter has disappeared — meaning, you just don’t have to worry about deleting old messages ever again!

May 15, 2007 Posted by | Google, Microsoft, Yahoo | 1 Comment

Yahoo Green – who thought this was a good idea?

Yahoo Green – give me a break.  This is the Valley’s latest attempt to capture an audience that really wants other people to know how great they are.  Focus on your search and advertising, please…

May 14, 2007 Posted by | Yahoo | Leave a comment is really slow

I’ve noticed that searching is really slow of late.  If it can not crank out search results as fast as Google or Yahoo, then it really isn’t worth it.  Waiting 30 to 60 seconds for a search result is hardly worth while.

May 13, 2007 Posted by |, Yahoo | Leave a comment

And now…if Microsoft can’t beat them, can they buy them? Mega-merger on the horizon?

A few days ago, I asked If Yahoo can’t beat them, can they buy them? I forgot about the 800 lb gorilla. Now Microsoft is sounding desperate to acquire Yahoo. I’m trying to figure out how this might be a good thing.

Internet Outsider is praying to the internet gods that this does not work out. If it does work, he says they better spin off MSN/Yahoo asap.

With all due respect to the amazing talent and resources at Microsoft, no company can do everything. Microsoft is now so massive and broad that it is competing with IBM and Oracle on one end, and Sony, Apple, Google, and Yahoo on the other. All of these businesses are complex and tough, and focus is a major advantage.

In the past 12 years, despite its enormous talent, power, and desktop/browser monopoly, Microsoft has done no better than become an Internet also-ran. Why? In part because of internal politics: In Redmond, the Internet business will always be second-fiddle to the Windows/Office cash machine. In part because of talent: Why would the best Internet talent want to work in a small division of a massive company, kowtow to Windows/Office kingpins, and get paid in stagnant Microsoft options, when he or she could become a billionaire at the next Google? In part because few, if any, dominant industry leaders in one technology wave have also dominated the next one.

Charlene Li on why the deal makes sense and why it won’t work

John Battelle doesn’t think it makes sense.

Om Malik calls it a “bad idea.”

Eric Berlin says the internet overlords are playing chess.

Waching CNBC right now and they certainly think it makes sense. General consensus is that Microsoft can sell advertising and Yahoo can bring traffic.

May 4, 2007 Posted by | Microsoft, Yahoo | Leave a comment

Mark Cuban likes Yahoo + Comcast Online (because he loves his HDNet)

Mark Cuban who, with his HDNet venture, has a personal interest in high quality streaming video (read, he is jealous of doesn’t love YouTube) is praising Yahoo and Comcast’s little heralded deal to sell video ads on the Comcast online network. He is calling it the “deal of the year.”

Cuban’s obsession with high bit streams continues:

In short, Yahoo and Comcast can start working together to develop video content and ad platforms that Google can’t touch. Any video that is streamed from can be streamed at bit rates that match the user’s throughput, including commercials. If Comcast can deliver on demand video at full DVD quality to PCs, it can deliver commercials at that quality. All without ever touching the internet

He closes with:

Of course, it still doesnt create enough bandwidth for the delivery of HDTV over the net, nor does it fix Comcast’s problem of not offering HDNet and HDNet Movies to its customers, but thats a topic for another blog.

I’ve always enjoyed BlogMaverick, but it seems that more and more of his posts are simply posted for the purpose of promoting market conditions and legal environments that will benefit HDNet. Nothing wrong with that. He’s just become a bit more obvious.

May 1, 2007 Posted by | Yahoo | Leave a comment

Microsoft says “Don’t forget about us” – eyes buyout of 24/7 Real Media

In the wake of Yahoo and Google both dealing, Microsoft is telling the world, “don’t forget about little old us.” Market Watch is reporting MSFT is offering a billion dollars for 24/7 Real Media Inc. Not too shabby.

Previously, we asked if MSFT could keep up with Google.  This certainly makes it look like they are trying (though I doubt it will work).

One funny thing to note. On 24/7’s homepage, they take up 60% of the screen real estate ominously asking the reader “Google to Acquire Double Click – Good for them. Good for you?” Clicking the link strangely only brings you to a contact form.

24/7 Real Media

From a publishers perspective, my experience with 24/7 Real Media is that I have always viewed them as a sub-par company. (now owned by AOL), Tribal Fusion, Burst Media and even Google Adsense have all been superior revenue drivers for me. 24/7 was never able to deliver these results and hence I stopped dealing with them over a year ago.

Danny Sullivan
is all over this report:

Yahoo said it would acquire an ad network yesterday, in reaction to Google’s plans to expand its own ad network by acquiring DoubleClick. Now in One Giant Leap, the New York Post reports rumors that Microsoft might want to buy ad management company 24/7 Real Media.

May 1, 2007 Posted by | Advertising, Google, Microsoft, Yahoo | Leave a comment