SearchEngines

How Many Stars Would You Rate Yelp's IPO?

With all the sturm und drang surrounding Facebook's upcoming May IPO, few media outlets are giving much oxygen to the IPO of online review hub Yelp, due March 2. It will give Yelp a market cap of around $800 million -- and the company isn't even profitable.

Is Yahoo's New CEO Sunk Before He Even Starts?

On Wednesday, Yahoo named Scott Thompson as CEO. He's a former PayPal president and veteran technologist -- and that's the trouble: Yahoo is following the same strategy that led it to hire Carol Bartz, who was ousted for failing to turn the company around.

What If Yahoo! Wants to Be Alone?

Everyone seems anxious to hook up Yahoo! these days. The dot-com pioneer has become that single aunt in every family whom everyone thinks sorely needs a soul mate. But what if Yahoo! is happy to be single? After all, it just spent $270 million on a acquisition of its own to beef up its online advertising.

Zagat and Google: A Match Made in Foodie Heaven?

On Thursday morning, the announcement went out across the land: Google, the undisputed masters of search, had acquired Zagat, America's best-known and most highly-regarded restaurant review company. The companies presented the merger in rosy terms, but it didn't take long for the snarky critiques to begin.

Google Is Making Us Forgetful, But Does It Matter?

Research studies by Betsy Sparrow of Columbia University "support a growing belief that people are using the Internet as a personal memory bank: the so-called Google effect." Yes, the awareness that we can look things up easily later makes our memories worse. But when it comes to retrieving that online data, she notes, "We're remarkably efficient."

Can Yandex Find Profits to Justify Its Hot IPO?

Russian search engine Yandex saw its IPO soar more than 55% on its first day of trading Tuesday. But while this Russian beauty managed to lure in investors with its ability to crush Google in the former USSR, some analysts are cautioning investors to temper their enthusiasm.

Microsoft's Bing Dives Into Online Shopping

Microsoft has gained on Google in search engine rankings -- if only by a little. But it is taking advantage of the momentum by launching a new Bing shopping product for phones and computers.