Two internet giants, Microsoft and Yahoo, has agreed to cooperate on developing a search engine site for 10 years to rival the market leader, Google. But, both stopped combining their display advertisement business.
Share prices as of 29 June 2009:
Microsoft US$ 23.80
Yahoo! US$ 15.14
Top Search Engines in US as of June 2009 (by market share)
1. Google (65%)
2. Yahoo! (19.6%)
3. Microsoft MSN (8.4%)
4. Ask (3.9%)
5. AOL (3.1%)
CEO: Carol Bartz
CEO: Steve Ballmer
Yahoo! will utilise Microsoft technologies on Yahoo! search engine. Microsoft will pay Yahoo! 88% from search ads revenue on Yahoo! for the first five years.
Sectarian violence often occurs in Nigeria. Conflicts took place due to different religions and races backgrounds as well as contol over natural resources such as oil. BBC reports the development there.
1999 – Parliamentarian and presidential elections. Olusegon Obasanjo took power as president.
2000 – Islamic laws adoption in northern states was challenged by Christian groups. Clash between the two resulted in death of hundreds from both sides.
2002, February – Around 100 died in Lagos after clash between Housa (Muslim majority) and Yorubas (Christian majority)
2002, November – More than 200 died in four days as Muslims were angered regarding the plan to host Miss World contest in Kaduna. Eventually, the location was moved to England.
2003, April – First legislative and presidential elections under civil government. Obasanjo and his party won. However, opposition rejected the presidential election outcome. EU analysts agreed with the opposition.
2004, May – Emergency status in Plateau after more than 200 Muslims died under Christian militia attack in Yelwa. Soon, a revenge took place in Kano.
2004, Aug-Sep – Inter-gangs clash in Port Harcourt followed by military destruction. Amnesty International said 500 died. But the government claimed only 20 died.
2006, January – Militants began attacking oil pipes in Niger Delta and other facilities as well as kidnapping foreign workers. Rebels demanded sharing over oil income in their region.
2006, February – More than 100 died after clashes took place in cities across northern and southern Nigeria
2006, April – Rising oil price turned Nigeria as the first African country to settle their debt to Paris Club.
2007, April – Umaru Yar’Adua of People’s Democratic Party as the ruling party, won the presidential election.
2007, September – Rebel group Movement for the Emancipation of Niger Delta (MEND) threatened that they would attack oil facilities and foreign workers again.
2008, January – Oil price peaked to US$100 per barrel, triggered by conflicts in oil-producer countries such as Nigeria and Algeria.
2008, April – Two former Health Ministers and Obasanjo’s daughter were charged for embezzlement of public health fund worth US$ 4 million. Meanwhile, riot caused Nigeria to produce only half of its oil production.
2008, September – Militants in Niger Delta continued attacking oil facilities.
2008, November – Around 200 died after inter-religions clash in Jos.
2009, January – MEND declared ceasefire after soldiers attacking their camp.
2009, March – As many as 19 opposition parties formed “mega-party” to challenge ruling People’s Democratic Party in 2011 election.
2009, May – MEND rejected amnesty offers from the government. Instead, they hailed for complete war against Nigerian military.
2009, July – Federal government quelled Boko Haram
Britain is pulling out its soldiers from Iraq to Kuwait until end of July after Iraqi parliament delay their decision regarding British soldiers existence to secure Iraq’s oil facilities.