Google finds panacea to the ill-advised email

March 25, 2009

How many times have you smacked your forehead in frustration after sending a bawdy e-mail to your boss that had been meant for a friend?

iPhone Apps mean money for game publisher ngmoco

March 23, 2009

Given the popularity of downloadable apps for Apple’s iPhone and iPod Touch, many folks — namely some prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalists — are confident there’s plenty of money to be made from app developers as well.******Ngmoco, which makes games exclusively for the iPhone and the iPod Touch, said Monday it has closed $10 million in Series B financing led by Norwest Venture Partners. The company’s previous investors –- Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers and Maples Investments — also participated in the funding. Ngmoco received $5.6 million in its first round of financing.******Ngmoco — which stands for “next generation mobile company” — was born last year along with Apple’s App Store, and the company’s profile has risen in tandem with the store’s popularity. Users have downloaded more than 800 million apps in total and the store now features more than 25,000 offerings.******Ngmoco’s games have been installed more than 7 million times. The company currently has seven titles –- its most popular is the $9.95 “Rolando Orlando” -– and 12 in development.******Neil Young, ngmoco’s chief executive and one of its co-founders, said in an interview that he was surprised by the “voracious” appetite for games on the iPhone and iPod Touch. Although he wouldn’t rule out making games for other platforms, he said the devices provide a unique opportunity for game makers.***

It’s just a blend of amazing capability with this awesome usability. And its clearly those two things that are enabling this new type of usage patterns both in terms of how people are consuming games and how much they’re consuming. And also the ease at which they’re able to get them. Until there are any other platforms that come close to that I think we’ll certainly remain focused on these devices.

Note to Yahoo’s Bartz: Ma company, Ma way

March 13, 2009

 Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz has earned a reputation as a strong-willed, no-nonsense executive.

Yahoo Big as Ever in Japan

March 10, 2009

Yahoo’s island of strength in Japan looks as impregnable as ever.

In January, Yahoo increased the number of searches performed on its Japanese sites by 13 percent year-over-year, and continued to hold the top spot with a 51.3 percent share of searches conducted in Japan, according to market research firm comScore.

Yahoo’s Bartz hearts Google maps

March 4, 2009

Carol Bartz famously questioned the loyalty of Yahoo employees who dared leak her internal staff memos to the press.

Yahoo unveils re-org, sort of

February 26, 2009

So Yahoo Chief Executive Carol Bartz finally unveiled on Thursday a much-anticipated management reorganization — well, kind of. She blogged about it in a post called “Getting our house in order” and she sent an internal email to employees. Another bunch of memos were also sent by various division heads, HR, etc.

Economy check

February 26, 2009

It’s the question of the moment in the technology world: have we hit bottom?

Yahoo scraps mail ads in emerging markets

February 19, 2009

Getting rid of advertisements may not sound like a recipe to grow a Web business, but it’s one tack Yahoo is taking under new CEO Carol Bartz.

Looks like Yahoo’s not buying Tumblr

February 10, 2009

Gawker/Valleywag created a bit of stir on the blogosphere Monday with its report that Yahoo was in talks to buy blogging startup Tumblr for “low to mid-eight figures,” or as much as $50 million.

Yahoo’s Bartz sees growth abroad – memo

February 9, 2009

Since Carol Bartz took over as Yahoo CEO last month, analysts and investors have busily speculated about her still undefined strategy to mend the Internet company.