Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Microsoft signs on to Portland's free WiFi network

You may recall back in July when I talked about the City of Portand approving a proposal from a silicon-valley startup to grant free wireless internet (or "WiFi") access to residents (listen: MP3). Now, Microsoft® has teamed up with MetroFi to provide advertising and content support.

According to the recent announcement, Microsoft’s MSN® service will become the "home page" containing local news, information, and (of course!) advertising. The free service, which will be subsidized by ads on this MSN launch page and a 1 inch banner on the top of all web pages viewed during a user’s online session, is slated to be active by mid-2008.

From my friends in Portland: Thanks Microsoft! Now if only we could get free WiFi in Seattle... (and light rail... and tax-free shopping... and... and...)

Listen to my report here: KXL Live Report: Microsoft Signs on to PDX WiFi (11/15/06) (or anytime at:

For more on this story:
  • Oregonian coverage:
  • The Willamette Week chimes in with a report on filtering:
  • Microsoft official press release:

Sunday, November 5, 2006

Yahoo! advertises on Google?

screenshot of google mail page with yahoo text link ad highlightedMaybe I'm alone, but this struck me as somewhat odd: A *Yahoo* ad in my Google Mail window. You'd think Google would block the competition from advertising -- but I guess if they're willing to pay for it... Kinda tells you where Yahoo! thinks the traffic comes from. ;-)

I'd dig in further if I were truly interested... ehh.

I did brainstorm some possible explanations:
  • "Ask Yahoo why a stock splits, Google's stock just keeps rising?"
  • "We're too busy making money to think about splits, maybe Yahoo knows?"
  • "Yahoo cares about the stock market, we care about collecting the world's data!"

...submit yours in the comments section.