Yahoo: We're no. 2, we won't try harder
The company's goal isn't to be the no. 1 search engine, said its CFO. Plus: details of Apple's new OS "Leopard," Silicon Valley hiring, and Google News out of beta.
SAN FRANCISCO (Business 2.0) - An executive at the No. 2 search engine said it wasn't her company's goal to be No. 1. Instead, said Chief Financial Officer Susan Decker, she'd be happy if Yahoo maintained its market share and improved the revenue it gets out of every search. One blogger's reaction: "That's it, I am no longer using Yahoo Search."
Details of Apple's new operating system
Continuing the jungle-cat theme, Steve Jobs & Co. plan to name Mac OS X 10.5 "Leopard," according to LoopRumors. The rumor site has a three-part series up right now, with a fourth installment coming soon. Among the details: Leopard, expected out late this year or early next year, will be the first Intel-compatible version of Mac OS X sold at retail, and will feature several new home and audio/video integration features, such as "photocasting" an iPhoto slideshow to your TV.
Silicon Valley hiring again
BusinessWeek has finally taken notice of the tech job market's comeback -- a trend Business 2.0 first chronicled back in November. Aside from telecom, where consolidation continues to dominate, hiring is up in most sectors of the tech economy, and wages are rising at a 5 percent clip -- a sign that employees may be gaining the upper hand in salary negotiations.
At long last, Google News safe to use
After more than three years, Google has declared its news search to be ready for public consumption, taking it out of a long "beta," or test stage. Of course, as Google cofounder Larry Page admitted to News.com last year, Google's beta designation "is kind of an arbitrary thing" -- which may leave users unsure exactly what leaving beta means for Google News.
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