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Yahoo Messenger deepens social networking features

Yahoo, disconcertingly unable to develop a popular social networking site, will try to accentuate the social networking capabilities of Yahoo Messenger when it releases on Tuesday a beta upgrade of this widely used instant messaging service.

Report: Google phone platform due out in mid 2008

Google will come out in mid-2008 with a mobile phone platform that incorporates a variety of Google online services and lets outside developers create applications, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday.

Facebook chooses Microsoft over Google

Facebook will sell a US$240 million minority stake to Microsoft, which as part of the deal will also expand the advertising services it provides to the social networking phenom, the companies said this week.

Report: Google and Microsoft slobbering over Facebook

Like rival lovers, Google and Microsoft are intensely courting Facebook, as the social-networking upstart picks petals off a flower -- "she loves me, she loves me not" -- and tries to decide which of the two will be allowed to buy a minority stake in...

WEB 2.0 - Google wants your phonemes

Although Google's non-search engine products, like its Google Apps Web hosted collaboration and communication software suite, get much attention, search technology and its companion ad system and network still generate most of the company's revenue.

AOL to lay off 20 percent of staff

AOL will lay off about 2,000 employees, or approximately 20 percent of its staff, as it continues its transformation into an online, ad-supported business and moves further away from its traditional revenue model based on dial-up Internet access fees...

Merchants say eBay ad programs drive buyers away

EBay has significantly boosted its advertising revenue since last year, but some sellers worry that the company's efforts in this area are driving potential buyers away from the online marketplace.

Customers upset with Google over Urchin software

A major upgrade to Google's Urchin Web analytics server software is almost three years late and customers who bought the product worry that Google's silence and inaction may mean it will be discontinued.

Jajah cries foul over eBay's block

Web-site buttons from Internet telephony startup Jajah that allowed eBay buyers and sellers to initiate phone calls have been banned by eBay, a move that Jajah charges is unjustified.

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