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October 19, 2000 | MICHAEL LIEDTKE, ASSOCIATED PRESS
Most Web search engines have come a long way in their search for profits, from simple sites that helped people find their way around the Internet to bazaars of news, weather, shopping, e-mail and chats. But as serious ad revenues have begun to dry up for nearly all full-service portals but Yahoo, MSN and America Online, the search for profits has come full circle. Some sites that began as search engines are scaling back and becoming search sites once more.
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BUSINESS
February 1, 2005 | Chris Gaither and Joseph Menn, Times Staff Writers
Just days after Bill Gates acknowledged Microsoft Corp. was "stupid" for not recognizing the importance of Internet search engines sooner, the software giant today plans to debut one of its own. Microsoft will move its new search engine to the front page of its MSN service, trying to keep Web surfers -- and the advertising dollars that accompany them -- from heading to such rivals as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Advertisers spent nearly $3.
BUSINESS
July 2, 2010 | By Shan Li, Los Angeles Times
Irvine-based Internet search engine Local.com Corp. said Thursday that it had acquired Octane360, a Los Angeles technology start-up that specializes in online marketing for small businesses and Web domain owners. Local.com said it paid $5 million in cash and stock for Octane360, with up to $5.9 million in additional cash if certain performance criteria are met in the two years after the deal's close. Local.com provides a Web directory of about 14 million local businesses and offers geo-location services that connect consumers with businesses in their immediate area.
BUSINESS
June 13, 2007 | From Bloomberg News
Google Inc. cut the time it keeps the personal search records of its users, an effort to quell privacy concerns raised by European regulators. The owner of the most popular Internet search engine will retain the records for 18 months, down from 18 to 24 months. Google described the new policy in a post on its website written by Peter Fleischer, chief privacy lawyer for the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.
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June 3, 2008 | From Bloomberg News
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet search engine will become the default search program on all personal computers sold in the U.S. and Canada by Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest maker of the machines. The Windows Live Search tool bar will be installed on PCs starting in January, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft said Monday. The software also will direct users to Hewlett-Packard's sites, including its photo service Snapfish. Microsoft's search engine, the third most popular, will replace Yahoo Inc.'s as the default on Hewlett-Packard machines.
BUSINESS
March 2, 2004 | From Associated Press
Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is adopting a new system for indexing Web pages that will charge businesses to include material currently unlisted in its online search engine, the first volley in a duel with Google Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo is touting the approach, scheduled to be announced today, as a practical way to assure that its search engine includes more of the billions of pages that are not found during periodic crawls of the Internet.
BUSINESS
July 26, 2006 | Chris Gaither, Times staff writer
Google Inc. plans to announce today that it will start telling marketers how many times their ads are clicked fraudulently or accidentally, trying to tamp down an increasing concern of its advertisers and investors. Some advertisers have complained that Google, Yahoo Inc. and other search providers don't do enough to prevent "click fraud": clicking on a competitors' ads to drain their advertising budgets or clicking on ads on one's own site to artificially boost revenue.
BUSINESS
October 25, 2004 | From Associated Press
Yahoo Inc. and Adobe Systems Inc. have joined forces to tap each other's customers and put Web search features into Adobe's popular Acrobat Reader software. Their broad strategic relationship, to be announced today, is Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo's latest maneuver against chief rivals Google Inc. and Microsoft Corp. in the fight to become the gateway of search and Web access on as many desktops as possible.
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