Yahoo Might Buy Summly: Here’s What You Need to Know

  • December 17, 2012
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Yahoo Might Buy Summly: Here’s What You Need to Know

The life of Nick D’Aloisio is about to change if the news about Yahoo wanting to buy his iPhone app becomes a reality. The seventeen year old  has developed an application that enables people to receive news in a summarized format. It is iPhone app is based on algorithm that is able to display the news in a few sentences thus making it beneficial for individuals who do not have time to read through news stories. So far the application has attracted a number of investors since its launch in December 2011, which have catapulted the application to greater heights.

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The first investor into Summly was Li-Ka Shing, a billionaire from Hong Kong  who was impressed by the application’s ability to summarize a large variety of articles. His investment also got the attention of other high profile people such as Ashton Kutcher, a US actor and Wendi Murdoch among others. The investments have so far added up to over a million dollars, which makes it less surprising that Yahoo is interested in this app developed by a teenager in London.

According to news reports, the CEO OF Yahoo, Marrisa Meyer met with the teenager  a couple of weeks ago and is rumored to have expressed interest in making the application part of the purchases focusing on mobile phones that she has been making lately. Nevertheless, the interest of Yahoo in purchasing Summly might not be clear to many but seems to fit well with the objective of the CEO of Yahoo which is to give the company a turn around. The purchase of Summly by Yahoo will see the application introduce news content in a mobile format with a pleasing yet native interface. This type of application that summarizes news has been considered by many companies but the execution process has been the stumbling block. For Yahoo, Summly seems to do the hard work for them and their job is just to make sure it is executed well.

Summly has a number of features that Yahoo might find beneficial to their target market which includes the summarizing of the news into text form so that it can flow naturally. This is an upgrade from the original application where the news  which was summarized was viewed in bullet points. Another feature is the preloading of news summaries every time the application is opened so that  users do not have to download the most recent ones afresh, thus saving time. Furthermore, the articles can be accessed from different publications even when the phone is not connected to WiFi. The functionality and minimalist design of Summly is exceptional as the news is categorized in topic tiles that only needs the user to swipe  or even tap to use it effectively.

Currently, the Summly app is free but this may change with its purchase by Yahoo and also  the fact that D’Aloisio has been considering to the integration of a payment system which target users who may want to read the news stories in their full version.

Bing Now Tied to Yahoo in Web Searches

  • December 21, 2011
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Bing Now Tied to Yahoo in Web Searches

In the ever growing online search business, Google has been the king for many years now. After replacing AltaVista and Yahoo almost a decade ago, it’s the go to place for many of us when we’re looking for information online. But ever since Microsoft shelved their MSN search and launched Bing, the little product has been gaining grounds. Now, the Microsoft engine has just tied with Yahoo, at 15% each. As it keeps growing, it’s slowly eroding the dominant player, and getting a few more eyes to turn its way, as Microsoft keeps improving their site for users to get better results all the time.

According to numbers from Hitwise, a company monitoring the search engines, every month Bing has been gaining market share, while Google has been going down, ever so slightly. At 1% or less at a time, it’s going to be quite a while before Google starts becoming a minority, but already the company is worried. The interesting thing about Bing and Yahoo is that both are actually the same thing. Bing search powers Yahoo, so both of them use the Microsoft engine, which can make the numbers seem even more impressive, at around 30% versus 65% for Google. Of course, these are all guesses made by the various analytics firms, and the true numbers might be lower for the two up comers, with some saying they are still at 13% or even 11% each. Still, Microsoft is definitively growing on Google’s territory, and that has analysts intrigued.

Bing has grown from very little to what it is today. Many users feel Bing give them better results than Google on a number of fronts. Some of the popular functions include video search, which gives previews of the videos right there on the search page, and an image search which doesn’t filter out more risque content in the same way that Google seems to. Of course, anyone using a Windows Phone, or the default Internet Explorer bar, will also be using Bing. Whatever the reason, people are getting more accustomed to it, and that’s the last thing Google want. Still, Microsoft isn’t making money with it. In fact, the company is losing tons of money on Bing, because it’s spending so much making it better, and making those partner deals. Whether they have a true plan for future monetization of their engine is unknown, although since they are Microsoft, most figure they have the money for it.

Overall, this is all a very good thing for consumers. More competition is better, and the fact that Google no longer has such a strong monopoly forces them to innovate even faster. We get more competition, more choice, and more innovation, which is something the Internet thrives on. As both companies keep growing, we’ll see which one will end up being the favorite of most users in the years to come.

Review of Yahoo Small Business Hosting and Store Front

  • April 13, 2011
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Review of Yahoo Small Business Hosting and Store Front


Coupon for Yahoo Small Business Hosting: Yahoo! Small Business – 35% Off Web Hosting

If a person has a small business and just wants to get their feet wet on the Internet, Yahoo Small Business Hosting can help to achieve this. Here is a review of what Yahoo has to offer along with helping a person sell by providing a store front. There is nothing easier on the market or cheaper than Yahoo Small Business hosting. If you have a product you want to sell and need a web site, hosting, shopping cart, and need to get it online within a day Yahoo Small Business is what you’re looking for.

When selling online, a website must have a way for a person to add things to a shopping cart and to check out when done shopping.  Also, there has to be a solution to pay for the items. Yahoo Small Business Hosting and Store Front will provide all these things with one stop business web hosting and payments along with tools.

A person can apply for a merchant account for their business to increase options for payment. Or simply just use PayPal.  A customers does not have to have a PayPal account, they can simply use their credit card through them. Also, the business can accept money orders or checks.

With the shopping cart it is amazing. Just tell the system what your business prefers and once it is set up, it automatically will calculate everything. If the customer had a coupon code to enter or sales tax needs to be added or shipping needs to be applied, it is all done while the customer is reviewing everything before paying. With Yahoo Store Front, one page or multi pages can be added to the shopping cart.  Digital download products can be bought and downloaded instantly with no waiting.

Yahoo Small Business Hosting will provide order management so your business will never lose an order, check on the shipping status, and take care of any problems. This can also be integrated for offline to blend into the entire business. So, the business can see offline and online orders.

Besides these features, Yahoo Small Business Hosting will provide inventory management. Keep track of everything sold and what needs to be reordered. Up to fifty thousand items can be added. That will give your business plenty of things to sell. Create a catalog and see everything in real time and set an alert when an item is low.

Other features Yahoo Small Business Hosting and Store Front  provides is coupons,  cross selling from the shopping cart or product pages, discounts, letting a customer repeat same order, and using a gift certificate.

To properly run the business advertising and traffic is extremely important. There are reports to see the traffic, how visitors find the site, and even showing sales for profit and losses.

Set up a Yahoo small Business Hosting email campaign. Have your customers sign up for a newsletter. Have your website search engine optimized by receiving credit through Yahoo, Microsoft, and Google to place ads in the search engines.

The website is hosted on the most secured servers and is backed up constantly. This gives peace of mind knowing your site is live and open for business twenty four hours a day.

So, with this kind of service does it sound like it would be expensive? For twenty-six dollars a month a person can get started and try out Yahoo Small Business Hosting and Store Front. After three months, it will go to forty dollars a month.

Yahoo has been around for many, many years with a solid business sense. With this business ecommerce plan, it definitely is one to check out.

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