Wednesday, January 18, 2006

Wednesday Internet Digest

* Market shares US Nov: Google 39.8% (+5.2%pt), Yahoo! 29.5% (-2.5%pt), MSN/MS 14.2% (-1.8%pt), TWX 8.7% (-0.4%pt), Ask 6.5% (+1.0%pt) (comScore)
* SEM market N-Am: $5.75 bn in 2005, $11 bn in 2010 (SEMPo)
* Miva puts itself up for sale, rumours of InfoSpace planning bid for
* Technology: Vivisimo (clustering) wins InfoWorld Award
* Sponsored: MSN expands adCenter for ad delivery (now 25% of ads, 100% as of June 2006), expects better click-through rates by predicting age, gender, etc.; (‘zero click fraud’) launches; AIT launches web site ( to combat click fraud (file complaints, exchange information)
* Vertical: IAC launches (comparison shopping, beta)
* Pay-per-call: PagesJaunes (FT) teams with eStara

WEB 2.0:
* Blogs: (network) attracts $6m funding from Allen & Co and Jim Manzi
* Podcasts: Podtrac launches ad auctions

* BellSouth sticks to plan to charge web companies for priority/bandwidth

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