The name of Chinese-language search engine Baidu means "100-times," it's living up to it, turning in a 137% stock increase for the year. It's trading at its 52-week high, mainly on positive reports about the Chinese economy, and negative ones about rival Google's troubles with the government in Beijing.
On a conference call to discuss IAC's second-quarter earnings, Barry Diller, the web company's chairman, at times sounded like he was taking personal responsibility for the failure to turn Ask.com into a viable alternative to Google.
Yahoo Japan is hooking up with Google to handle its search and paid-search advertising, carrying off a partnership that eluded U.S.-based Yahoo, and delivering a blow to Microsoft's efforts to increase the reach of its Bing search engine.
Google unveiled a major redesign of its Google Images search page Tuesday, aiming to provide users with an easier way to find the right images. For Google, the move marks its largest redesign since its images site launched in 2001, and a shot across the bow at Microsoft's Bing.
Internet giant Google once again finds itself on the radar of the European Union's antitrust agency, which now is looking at allegations that the search engine demotes rivals' sites in search results.
Google apparently envies the program that Microsoft's Bing has set up to market music downloads. The Internet search leader now plans to offer its own service by year-end. And that raises some interesting questions.
A day after reporting its best growth in five quarters, Yahoo saw its stock get knocked down 5%. What's the problem? Investors aren't happy that benefits from the Microsoft search deal aren't flowing right to Yahoo's bottom line.
The Internet titan reported that first-quarter profit rose 37% to $1.96 billion, a solid earnings result that beat Wall Street expectations. But the numbers weren't strong enough for investors, who drove the stock down nearly 5% in after-hours trading.
The online advertising business may be starting to turn a corner. After a dismal start to 2009, Internet advertising perked up in the fourth quarter, hitting an all-time quarterly high of $6.3 billion -- a 2.3% increase over the previous year.
In the end, it came down to principle. Two months after Google threatened to shut down in China, saying it could no longer brook the government's censorship laws, the Internet giant pulled the plug on its China-based search engine Monday. Here's a timeline of DailyFinance's coverage.
Our "Growth Matters" series looks at OneRiot, which allows users to scour real-time information from booming sites like Twitter and Facebook. And the company says it can do the job better than Google.
Hours after Google's dramatic move to close its China-based search engine and redirect users to its Hong Kong-based site, China was already blocking politically sensitive searches on the new site, one expert said. Meanwhile, analysts say Google will likely experience long-term consequences from its decision.