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Microsoft, Yahoo pull the trigger; other headlines

Microsoft and Yahoo finally pulled the trigger on a ten-year search deal; Domain registrar breach exposes credit card numbers.

IT channel news for July 29, 2009

Microsoft, Yahoo, together again for the first time

Microsoft and Yahoo finally pulled the trigger on a ten-year search deal, bringing what looks to be some resolution to a two-year saga that included a Microsoft offer of $44 billion to buy Yahoo and Yahoo's spurning of that offer. That was followed by a lot of Yahoo sharehold disquiet and the subsequent stepping down of Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang. Carol Bartz was named his successor early this year.

The deal, announced very early Tuesday, calls for Yahoo to designate the new Microsoft Bing search engine as the search provider on its associated Web sites and to license its own search technology back to Microsoft for its use as needed. Yahoo will handle sales of all the search ads for both companies but use Microsoft's advertising search technology. The two companies will share revenue overall, with Yahoo getting 88% of search revenue generated on its sites for the first five years of a ten-year deal.

Microsoft sees this as an opening against Google and its Doubleclick ad placement franchise. With Bing out for two months, Microsoft has seen its search share tick up considerably, and VARs report that ecommerce companies have seen traffic from Bing grow exponentially compared to the old Microsoft Live Search.

Domain registrar breach exposes credit card numbers

Network Solutions LLC said malware planted on its Web servers compromised more than a half million credit card accounts belonging to customers of its e-commerce merchants.

The Herndon, Va.-based domain registrar disclosed the data security breach late Friday. The company said it discovered unauthorized code on servers supporting some of its e-commerce merchants' websites and determined that it may have been used to steal transaction data for about 4,343 of its merchant websites to outside servers.

Outside experts told Network Solutions on July 13 that the stolen data included credit card information. Approximately 573,928 cardholders were affected by the breach, which affected transactions between March 12 and June 8 of this year, according to

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