While two months don’t constitute a trend, and while the last two months don’t staunch the tremendous loss of share Yahoo suffered from Google over 2006, it is interesting to see that the arrival of Panama coincided with two upward months in ad spend share in Yahoo’s favor.

The venerable Yahoo Search Suggestion Tool is back, for now at least.

Yahoo has started campaigning Firefox users to change their default search engine from Google to Yahoo. Big big money at stake.

In a play for ad revenue, Google is making the world’s information slightly less universally accessible and slightly less useful. On December 5th, Google quietly stopped accepting new sign-ups for the Google SOAP Search API.

DonorsChoose is website which allows teachers to request mini-grants from donors, and donors to help fund those grants, though gift certificates and additional donations. Kudos to Yahoo for supporting this non-profit group, and in turn, supporting schools across the country.

Business Week reports Yahoo said it’s reordering the company into three groups, effective Jan. 1: one focused on advertisers and publishers, another on Yahoo’s base of more than 500 million users, and a third on technology.

Rumors of Yahoo!’s death greatly exaggerated: From an engineer’s perspective, Y!’s “Panama” platform rocks.

Bureaucracy: Stewart Butterfield on Yahoo, Moishe Lettvin on Microsoft

What lessons does Brad Garlinghouse’s Yahoo “Peanut Butter Memo” have for the future of Google?

Google announced that they’ve released their sitemaps spec to the community under the Creative Commons share-alike license, and that Yahoo and Microsoft have adopted the standard.

Eric Savitz over at Baron’s wrote a short provocative article yesterday. To whit: Y! could increase shareholder value by reverting to a Google affiliate.

Barry Schwartz posts notes on new Yahoo platform.

Yahoo provides curious list of supposed “top-20″ misspellings.

Highlights from the Google/Yahoo/Microsoft panel at Annual, NYC, Wednesday, October 11, 2006. Brett Goffin, Google.
Diane Rinaldo, Yahoo.
Jason Dailey, Microsoft.

There will be a press release going on the wires next week from NRF and ARTS on standardizing the formats used to send data to and receive data from the shopping comparison engines.

Shares of Yahoo! closed down 11% after reporting third-quarter results would come in low.

Yahoo’s settlement agreement with OMS raises interesting questions about open vs closed auction bidding.

SEM Pricing: Bundled Prices vs A La Carte. Are you better off buying services for SEM, CSE, Affiliate Management, and SEO all under one price structure, or buying each service separately? George Michie discusses the value of the a la carte model.

Jeremy Keith’s “Scripting: Web Design with JavaScript and the Document Object Model” is really decent.

Our engineers are really pleased with the support, docs, and architecture of the Yahoo new platform. We’re optimistic and think it will be win for Yahoo and advertisers.

Back-of-the-napkin calculations suggest at least 100 million bogus content pages siphoning value from advertisers to spammers.

I’m pleased to see Yahoo taking a more open approach to their paid search relaunch.

When using a time-of-day paid search bidding approach, you need to compare the cost of the advertising bought in that block with the resulting sales from that advertising, regardless of the hour in which those sales occurred.

Google was born from algorithms, Yahoo was born from human editors, and those earliest influences still reverberate.