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12:30 PM ET, April 30, 2007

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Terry Semel / Yodel Anecdotal:
Democracy and the online ad  —  Tonight we're announcing the acquisition of Right Media, which I believe has the potential to dramatically enhance Internet advertising.  We hope to revolutionize the way ads are bought and sold on the Internet and, in turn, drive more value for advertisers, publishers, and partners.
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Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo answers GoogleClick, buys Right Media for $680M  —  Yahoo has acquired online ad exchange company, Right Media, for $680 million, a move that shows Yahoo is not resting in the wake of Google's purchase of banner ad company Doubleclick earlier this month.  —  The WSJ reported the story just now.
Discussion: moneyweb.co.za
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Yahoo to Buy Ad Company in Bid to Compete With Google  —  Yahoo plans to acquire Right Media, a privately held company that runs an advertising marketplace, in part to bolster its position as a seller and broker of ads outside its own sprawling network of Web sites, the companies' chief executives said yesterday.
Danny Sullivan / Search Engine Land:
Yahoo To Acquire Right Media; Joins Google In Buying, Rather Than Building, Display Ad Network  —  Yahoo has announced it will acquire Right Media, which operates an auction-based display ad exchange called Remix Media.  The move is widely seen as Yahoo fighting back against Google's recent plans …
Pat McCarthy / Conversion Rater:
Yahoo Acquires Right Media: I'm a Yahooligan!
Discussion: flashpoint and WebMetricsGuru
Rob Hof / Tech Beat:   Yahoo! Buys Right Media (Big Surprise)
Miguel Helft / New York Times:
Google Seeks Clearer Path to State Data  —  Four states have joined forces with Google to make information from their Web sites more directly accessible through Internet searches.  —  Much of the public data on government Web sites — things like school rankings, contractor and real estate licenses …
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David Kaplan / paidContent.org:   Reuters Acquires Text Search Company Clearforest; Campbell To Head New Search Group
Matt Marshall / VentureBeat:
Yahoo loses VP of consumer search, to Accel Partners  —  Yahoo, the Sunnyvale search engine trying to stem shrinkage of its market share in search, has lost a key search executive to a venture capital firm.  —  Andrew Braccia quietly quit as Yahoo's vice president of consumer web search earlier this month …
Elizabeth Olson / New York Times:
A Virtual Ad Agency for Online Radio  —  AS more people listen to the radio over the Internet, radio stations have been looking to generate new advertising revenue from the medium.  A start-up company, TargetSpot, is trying to turn this nascent field into a viable business, and CBS Radio is its first customer.
Shuman Ghosemajumder / shumans.com:
Advertiser Requests on Invalid Clicks  —  The Click Quality Council is a group of advertisers which meets regularly to discuss click fraud.  A few days ago they came out with their "Cornerstone Principles for Pay-Per-Click Quality Improvement" - eight requests from advertisers …
Discussion: Search Engine Land
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Kevin Newcomb / Search Engine Watch Blog:   Google, Yahoo Respond to Click Quality Council Guidelines
BBC:
Apple admits laptop battery issue  —  Apple has said that "some batteries" in its range of MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops have "performance issues".  —  The company has issued a software update to fix the issue and has offered to replace defective batteries.
Discussion: The Apple Core
Dan Farber / Between the Lines:
Oracle blogs-an attention free zone  —  Guest Post: My fellow Enterprise Irregular, drama critic of the enterprise software industry, advisor to the software developers and marketers and inveterate blogger Dennis Howlett responds to a post by Oracle Technology Network's editor-in-chief complaining …
Chris Linnett / Search Engine Land:
Just Imagine: Local Search Without Maps  —  Imagine a local search site without maps.  Sounds outrageous, doesn't it?  Most local search sites are dominated by maps.  Google, Ask, and Live even begin my experience with a big map of North America.  Correct, yes, but now what?
Discussion: Screenwerk
Michael Arrington / TechCrunch:
IAC Launches Zwinktopia At Peak of Virtual World Hype  —  The timing couldn't be much better for InterActiveCorp to launch Zwinktopia, a new virtual world for young teens.  Other virtual worlds, such as Gaia, Habbo Hotel, Cyworld, Neopets, Club Penguin, Webkinz and others …
Larry Dignan / Between the Lines:
Verizon's FiOS network: Payback time?  —  Verizon reported its first quarter results and they are notable for one key reason-most of the maximum capital spending for its FiOS fiber-optic network is through the pipeline.  —  Simply put, the earnings hit-11 cents a share in the first quarter …
Discussion: PR Newswire and IP Democracy
Andy Greenberg / Forbes:
Condemned To Google Hell  —  Don't anger the Google gods.  —  That's the lesson Paul Sanar learned—too late—last year.  Up until last fall, the 21-year-old New Yorker depended solely on the search engine to keep traffic flowing to Skyfacet.com, his online diamond business …
 
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