Microsoft and Yahoo! inked a 10-year search partnership in the United States, and they’re hoping to ride that deal around the world. The two technology companies are trying to chip away at search engine giant Google‘s market share in the space. If all goes well, Microsoft thinks the deal will close early next year, even though there are some regulatory hurdles to clear.
Even though there are signs that the recession is ending (or even finished), the foreclosure rate is a constant reminder that we aren’t out of the woods. From the second quarter to the third, foreclosures increased 5%, with 938,000 properties sucked in. The previous quarter, 890,000 homes went into foreclosure. And, RealtyTrac forecasts 3.5 million foreclosures by the end of the year — up from around 2.3 million last year.
Above ground, Stockholm reminds me of Boston, but beneath the surface, it is strictly New York. Now, you know I have a subway fetish, and Stockholm satisfied it. I took a ride on the public transportation today, and I was pretty impressed. There’s a nice mix of efficiency and design. This is probaby the most interesting subway system I’ve encountered.