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It's time for our monthly countdown of the top 7 search related stories of the month. Last month was pretty quiet in the world of search. Google did top the charts again with news that the FTC investigation in Google's attempt to acquire DoubleClick had been completed. Let's have a look at the top stories that have happened over the past month to start 2007 off.
What sort of noise have the search engines made this month?
#7. New Search Tool Wikia is Released - the tool is basically a collection of freely-hosted ad-supported wiki communities using the Open Source MediaWiki software.
#6. Google Applies for Patent with Regards to Plans to Read Text from Within Images and Video - blended search optimization just got a little more interesting as Google recently applied for a patent where Google will have a method for reading content within images and video.
#5. ASK Announced "Click to Speak" Mobile Service - a free voice activated capabilities to its ASK Mobile Directions service. The new innovation is called "Click to Speak" and will allow people to simply speak their location and desired destination to receive directions on their mobile devices (providing that they are web-enabled).
#4. Google Gets Set for their Q4 2007 Earnings Release - on January 31, Google will be holding their Q4 2007 Earnings Release Conference Call at 1:30 pm PST. Amidst reports by analysts that Google, Yahoo and other Internet companies fueled by online ads could suffer in a recession, Google is set to announce their Q4 results. With talk of a recessio0n and the markets fluctuating, many expect the online ad market might hold up better than other media.
#3. The State of Yahoo - at the time of this writing, Yahoo is preparing to announce the results of their Q4 earnings for 2007. The actual announcement is set for Tuesday, January 29th. Rumors persist that Yahoo will also be announcing a substantial number of layoffs during this time.
#2. ASK Replaces their CEO - out was search visionary Jim Lanzone, in was marketing man Jim Safka. In a somewhat surprising move, ASK announced that effectively immediately, Mr. Safka would be replacing Jim Lanzone. The announcement had many talking about the move wondering if it was a good move or not.
#1. Microsoft (MSFT) Reports Record Second Quarter Results - Robust holiday sales and enterprise demand drive revenue growth of 30%. The Redmond, Wash., software company posted revenue of $16.4 billion, up 30% from $12.5 billion in the prior year's quarter. Analysts were expecting a top line of $15.95 billion, according to Thomson Financial. According to Chief Accounting Officer Frank Brod, "...the boost is due to strong sales across product lines..."
Interesting to see that the financials dominate the stories this month. We'll feature more detailed coverage of both Yahoo and Google's earnings reports later in the week.