Things to watch August 01, 2005 Archives:

…Yahoo News Hires Osder To Head Social Media Initiative: [Staci D. Kramer] You’re reading it here first … online journalism pioneer Elizabeth Osder reports to work at Yahoo Media Group today as senior director, social media, reporting to Neil Budde, executive producer of Yahoo News. She’ll be responsible for what Yahoo Media VP Scott Moore tells me is one of his top three initiatives. (The other two are broadband and the user experience.) Moore said Osder’s hiring is “a clear indicator of our intention to go deep in social media and user-generated content.”

…AskJeeves Launches Contextual Ad Network: AskJeeves has made the switch: it is launching an upstart advertising network powered by its own search engine, a move likely to rankle its longtime business partner, Google. ASKJ just finished its acquisition by Barry Diller’s IAC.