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Has Google Gone Too Far With Gmail Ads?

Google's decision to revamp the way it presents Gmail by divvying up incoming email into different category folders is making some users increasingly unhappy.

This Week's 5 Best Moves and Blunders in Business

Companies can do brilliant things, but there are also times where they fall flat on their faces. Sometimes CEOs can save the day, but at other times, they say and do the darndest things. There were plenty of winners and blunders this week. Let's check out some of them.

3 Reasons Why New Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer Could Get It Right

Longtime Google executive Marissa Mayer will be the next CEO of struggling dot-com pioneer Yahoo --the company's fifth leader in as many years. Turning Yahoo around would be a pretty daunting task, but there are some good reasons to believe Mayer has a shot.

Online Travel Sites' Dirty Little Secrets

There is absolutely nothing wrong with leaning on traditional travel portals for your trip booking needs, but you still can't assume that any given site is offering you the best possible deal. Let's go over a few of the things that Priceline, Travelocity, Expedia and Orbitz would probably prefer that you don't know.

3 Hot Tech Trends to Watch -- and Invest In -- for 2012

If you think 2011 was a wild year for technology, just wait until you see what 2012 has in store for you. Here are three tech trends that will undoubtedly grow in relevance -- and investor profitability -- in the year ahead.

Microsoft's Next Big Thing: 4 Game Changing Ideas

Microsoft's next quarterly report arrives Thursday, and it's hard to get too excited. It's still the world's largest software company, and it's growing. It just happens to be as sexy as Abe Vigoda. But Microsoft could still innovate its way out of its slump. Here are four things we'd love to hear Microsoft say on Thursday.

Why Microsoft Will Never Be Great Again

As box makers struggled with the low-margin business of selling hardware at cutthroat prices, Microsoft was there to cash in on the high-margin software end. Eleven years ago, the company's stock closed at $27.43; it's trading just shy of that mark right now, making Microsoft the poster child for what some investors are calling "the lost decade."

Android Is Soaring, So Why Are Google Shares Sinking?

Google's shares have fallen 15% in the last three months while the S&P 500 has traded flat. This share price decline seems odd when contrasted with the spectacular success Google has been experiencing with its Android mobile OS. But there are good reasons Wall Street isn't impressed.

It's Crunch Time for Google's Battle Against Content Spam

The trouble lies in the quality of information -- a thorny problem due to the subjectivity of "quality" in general. Google keeps tweaking its algorithms, but the junk content keeps rising to the top. In the arms race against spammers, the next few years are crucial.

In Europe, a Closer Antitrust Look at Google

The EC says its launching a formal, in-depth investigation into Google's treatment of search rivals, setting the stage for yet another potential legal entanglement over whether Google is unfairly taking advantage of its dominant market position.

Meet Blekko, the Latest Upstart Search Engine

Rich Skrenta thinks he has built a better search engine. This week, he's launching Blekko, whose web searches will only accept information from curated lists of trusted sites, mediated by users to filter out irrelevant results. But can Blekko compete with Google and Bing?

Jay-Z's Book Blitz: Marketing Most Unlike the Industry's Standard

When a celebrity publishes a book, a big marketing push is to be expected, but the campaign for rap mogul Jay-Z's new book of lyrics is unprecedented. Thanks to backing from Clear Channel and Microsoft's Bing, New Yorkers will find pages of "Decoded" practically everywhere.

Microsoft and Facebook Partner On Social Search

Microsoft Corp. and Facebook today expanded their partnership by unveiling a feature that lets users of Microsoft's Bing search engine to find websites preferred by their Facebook friends.

The Yahoo-Bing Search Deal Will Raise Ad Rates

Online advertisers may see up to a 78% price increase in paid-search rates once the search alliance between Yahoo and Microsoft is wrapped up. Cost-per-click will likely rise sharply as advertisers shift to the consolidated Bing search platform.