Ross Mayfield, in Yahoo Acquires Stata Labs, has good things to say about Yahoo's acquistion of Stata Labs. He concludes his thoughts by saying:

Interesting to think about the combination of Bloomba, Oddpost and other Yahoo! assets. Microsoft, Google and Yahoo! are truly going head to head, and almost in step, on search and communications.

And that reminds me of something that happened the other day. I was chatting with a friend of mine who works at Google. I complimented her (or them, I guess) on Google Desktop Search, having finally had the chance to try it out. She responded that she can't wait to see what we (Yahoo) will fire back with. Neither can I. :-)

We both agreed that all this competition is a great thing. Not only does it keep us on our toes, it makes things very, very interesting. And by "interesting" I'm pretty sure we both were thinking of the curse.

I also heard from an old high school friend today. He recently started at Google. Congrats on the new job, Kevin.

Posted by jzawodn at October 21, 2004 09:16 PM

Reader Comments
# Pat said:

Anyone have any idea what they paid for Bloomba?

on October 22, 2004 06:40 AM
# Jason Dowdell said:

I think John hit the nail on the head when he said Yahoo acquired a person (Raymie) and Stata Labs technology. Bloomba was never an easy app to work with, mostly because of a confusing user interface. But now that Raymie's working for you guys he doesn't have to worry about the interface issue any more. Talk about geek heaven! I'm just wondering when you guys are gonna release your desktop search version to compete with Google and how much of Raymie's Bloomba technology will be part of that app.

on October 22, 2004 10:01 AM
# Joe said:

I'll agree with Bloomba being a real "POS" and YES they need to hurry up release the desktop version so that Google doesn't try the play the game, "monopoly"

on October 22, 2004 01:24 PM
# Big mama said:

The real trick now is just coming up with cool little niche companies and leak to Yahoo, Microsoft or Google that the other is about to buy it and voila, a new technology could be worth millions.


on October 22, 2004 09:13 PM
# Kevin Bourrillion said:

Thanks for the congrats and the link, Jeremy. I hope we can chat over coffee or lunch sometime, since I haven't seen you in, oh, eleven years? Anyway, here's a better link for me, a blog I've been keeping sporadically for over a year. Toodle-oo.

on October 22, 2004 11:41 PM
# Bill Day said:

With respect to Google Desktop Search, Enfish claims that it still has a better product. I use it and have been pretty happy with it, and it does index more file formats than Google.

on October 23, 2004 07:09 PM
# Another Nameless Coward said:

"I complimented her (or them, I guess)"

Does this chick have a big set (double-D's), or what ?!?

Most women don't mind being complimented on their chest size; kudos to you for choosing your blog to do so. Maybe she'll give you a look...

on October 24, 2004 06:48 PM
# wbwither said:

Jeremy: Interesting Times call for Interesting Measures. I just blogged about the, er, interesting Yahoo/Adobe joint venture. I would appreciate your comments, as the whole idea (as presented in the news article I saw) doesn't make any sense to me.

And I guess Mr. Nameless Coward either thinks he's funny, or didn't gather that "them" referred to Google.

Oh, and I wasn't able to post after clicking "Preview" because the "Jeremy's first name" field doesn't show up on the Preview page.

on October 25, 2004 12:11 AM
# henry said:

Hi Jeremy -- send me your e-mail address. (Sorry about the OT, but...)


on October 25, 2004 06:30 PM
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