Time Warner, AOL, Google Menage

On the verge of apparently doing a disastrous sales-force combo with MSN, Time Warner has reportedly pulled a positive AOL deal out of the hat.  According to the WSJ, Time Warner’s new partner, Google, will fork over $1 billion for 5% of AOL and remain AOL’s search partner, and AOL will get free links to its …

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Canary in Search Coal Mine?

FTD (flower company) preannounced poor Q4 revenues today and blamed increased search marketing costs for the shortfall.  Although it would be silly to extrapolate the experience of a single retailer in a single vertical to the whole of e-commerce, such a data point could potentially signal impending trouble for Google, Yahoo!, and the rest of …

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Joost In: Some Real YouTube Competition?

Perhaps Viacom had an ace up its sleeve after all.  When the company stormed out of negotiations with Google a few weeks ago and demanded that YouTube remove all its clips, the popular thesis was that the “Big Media YouTube Rival” was a go.  It wasn’t–and, likely, will never be–but Viacom appears to have found …

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