5/24/2013

Google To Launch Enhance Search

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

You can now start to have a conversation with search on all your devices—including your desktop or laptop. Google is rolling out the new conversational search functionality over the next few days in Google Chrome, so you can ask Google about “Italian restaurants in San Francisco” and continue the conversation with “how about Chinese.” Or find out “who is the prime minister of Australia” then ask “how old is she”—and Google will give you a spoken answer. Just click the mic in the Google search bar and speak up. Also, be sure to have the volume up on your computer to hear your answer loud and clear.

5/20/2013

Yahoo will purchase Tumblr for $1.1 billion

Filed under: — Aviran Mordo

All of the Tumblr acquisition rumors this week appear to be true. Yahoo’s board of directors approved a $1.1 billion purchase of the microblogging site this week. The decision comes on the heels of Yahoo scheduling a press event for Monday in New York (Tumblr’s home base).

WSJ cites “people familiar with the matter” but their story is consistent with earlier reports. On Thursday, Adweek spoke with “multiple sources familiar with the talks” who pointed to the deal nearly being complete. And earlier that day, AllThingsD reported Yahoo was looking into such an alliance to become “cool” again “according to sources close to the situation.”

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