Daily Archives: March 3, 2009

Amazon has found itself another route to the television and Roku another use for its set-top box under a partnership announced today.

The internet retailer has been exploring ways to widen access to its Video on Demand service beyond the computer and has already made it available through Tivo digital video recorders and Sony Bravia TVs. Read more

Carol Bartz, Yahoo’s new chief executive,  says she has instituted a “wall of shame” for products that are not making the grade.

Ms Bartz was displaying her usual frankness, in an interview at the Morgan Stanley Technology Conference in San Francisco. She said she was looking at whether to fix or sell those parts of Yahoo with which the company was not happy and had been placed on her wall. Read more

On Twitter, some tweets are serious leaks. Take the case of Live Search.

Rumours about Microsoft’s rebranding of Live Search, the search engine it hopes will one day rival Google, have swirled in technology circles for months.

Last weekend those rumours seemed confirmed, when LiveSide.net published a screenshot from Twitter that appeared to be from an overenthusiastic Microsoft insider: “Played today with Live search upcoming (to be rebranded) launch pre-beta. I like the new features and UX so far.” (Today the rumours were confirmed by the company.) Read more

It has been a consistent refrain from Microsoft execs over the years that internet search can be made much better. Users spend a lot of time fishing randomly through unrelated pages for the information they want (true) and often come away empty-handed (also true).

But trying to beat Google by building a better mousetrap will be incredibly hard. Microsoft is about to start internal trials on a new search service (Kara Swisher has an internal email describing the effort). There are two reasons why this will probably fail to change the competitive position with Google. Read more

  • After more than 40 years, a first from Intel: the leading semiconductor company announced that it would outsource the manufacturing of some of its chips. The unprecedented agreement with Taiwan’s TSMC shows how Intel is adjusting its manufacturing and business model as the Atom processor starts to play a bigger part in its future. While the US company will still make the low-cost chips for netbook computers itself, it said that TSMC’s relationships with device makers would help the technology find its way into a much wider range of smartphones and other gadgets.

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One of Twitter’s most powerful attributes is its ability to deliver real-time search. Rather than wait for blogs and web pages to be scraped, archived and inserted into search results, Twitter allows for instant searching of the thousands of brief messages its users generate each day.

Companies have already begun using Twitter to douse PR fires, service customers and promote sales. Now one US candy-maker is using Twitter’s real-time search as a way to show off just how much people are Tweeting about it (and flaunt its social media savvy). Read more