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Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

Microsoft Buys aQuantive For $6 Billion Cash

Bill Gates

(Best Syndication) Since Microsoft lost out on their bid for DoubleClick to Google, the company has appeared to be grasping at straws. After Microsoft hit competition in the server operating system market to free open source software, the company has been trying to break into the Internet advertising business in a big way.

Microsoft made a bid for advertising firm aQuantive, offering what some consider an astronomical price for the firm. The current price for aQuantive is around $36 per share and MS is offering more than $66 per share in cash, an 85% premium for the company.

Yahoo and Google Personalized Homepage Comparison – Google Has Done It Again With More Features and No Advertisements

Yahoo and Google Personalized Homepage Comparison – Google Has Done It Again With More Features and No Advertisements

Personal Google Home Page

(Best Syndication) Which personalized home page is better: Yahoo or Google? Although Google is relatively new to the personalized home page game, their home page is far easier to create with many more options. Also, the Google home page does not inundate you with advertising like Yahoo.

Both companies offer news, sports and entertainment, but Google offers a larger selection of sources. Yahoo is signed up with the big ones like Reuters, Associated Press and now some news papers; however Google News has over 4,500 news sources and is more likely to offer your local newspaper.

Yahoo is now offering a customizable calendar. The company is playing catch-up because Google has offered the customizable calendar with more features for some time now. The Google Calendar can also be embedded in forums and websites with simple HTML tags. We use the Google calendar on a few of our websites, and with one update we can modify all the calendars at once. Google also offers multiple calendars.

Amazon to compete with iTunes by selling MP3 Music Online with no Copy Protection

Amazon to compete with iTunes by selling MP3 Music Online with no Copy Protection

Screenshot of Amazon's website

[Best Syndication] Amazon is going to expand their downloading of files for instant access to your favorite music. The good news is that they do not intend to have a complicated copy protection system.

Amazon.com will be competing against Apple’s iTunes, and Microsoft’s Zune music download sites.

The problem with copy protected music can be extremely frustrating. Sometimes the special program key could be lost when a computer system gets replaced. You could even have everything installed correctly and it still can glitch on you. If you invested in iPod technology and change out to a Zune you will find that the Zune isn’t able to play songs that you purchased on iTunes. If you buy songs from Napster or RealNetworks you can play them on an iPod. So you see how frustrating this can become when you want to change to a different MP3 music player.

Encyclopedia of Life – Largest Database of Species Online

Encyclopedia of Life – Largest Database of Species Online

Screenshot of EOL website

[Best Syndication] A new website will be launched that will detail all of Earth’s species. This site will account for over 1.8 million known living creatures, which is quite a big undertaking. The good news is that the website will be available for everyone to access.

The website is called the Encyclopedia of Life. The open ended Wikipedia inspired website will allow amateurs to post their own sightings of the species. There will be species descriptions that will include photos, maps, video footage, and audio representations. There will also be access to the Biodiversity Heritage Library which is being digitized and made freely available at http://bhl.si.edu/ . Currently there are 306 titles that are already available.

New Hotmail Unveiled - Google Still Offers More Than Either Yahoo or Microsoft – Gmail Offers Free POP3 Accounts – Comparison

New Hotmail Unveiled - Google Still Offers More Than Either Yahoo or Microsoft – Gmail Offers Free POP3 Accounts – Comparison Of Services

Microsoft Hotmail

(Best Syndication) Although more people use Microsoft Hotmail than Google gMail, their new Windows Live Hotmail still lacks some functionality. Many industry watchers say it is about time that Microsoft upgrad their free email service, especially with stiff competition from Google and Yahoo!.

Hotmail now offers 2 GB of storage for free, coming closer to Google’s 2.6 GB. This is a significant upgrade for Microsoft because they had been offering only 1 GB of storage. Although Yahoo limits their free service to 1 GB of disk space, they are expected to offer unlimited space this month. Their email service is free as well, but may not work perfectly with all browsers including Firefox.

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