Daily Archives: July 29, 2009

Richard Waters gives his thoughts on the Microsoft / Yahoo deal – listen below:

Microsoft and Yahoo agreed on Wednesday to an online alliance that could create a more formidable rival to Google in the search business. The deal will give Microsoft a 10-year licence to integrate Yahoo’s search technology into its existing search platforms, while Yahoo will become the “relationship sales force” for advertisers for both companies.

This post is a live blog of a conference call with Carol Bartz and Steve Ballmer, the chief executives of Yahoo and Microsoft. Read more

William Shatner was all over the web today.

Early this morning a video of his appearance on last night’s episode of The Tonight Show with Conan O’Brien went viral, racing around the internet as it was shared via Facebook and Twitter. In the skit, the former Star Trek actor parodied former Alaska governor and vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin by performing a poetic rendition of excerpts from her farewell speech.

Then Mr Shatner’s voice began coming through on automated phone calls to Hewlett-Packard employees. In a campaign organised by environmental group Greenpeace, Mr Shatner recorded a short message encouraging Hewlett-Packard to phase-out its use of brominated flame retardants (BFRs) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC) plastics. Read more