Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Monster acquired Yahoo! Hotjobs for $225 million

After Yahoo! search, Yahoo! Hotjobs is also sold. Monster, one of the best known in online employment websites, announced about the acquisition of Yahoo! Hotjobs for $225 million. These two giants now have a 3 year traffic deal as part of the acquisition.In a statement "The sale of Yahoo HotJobs to Monster, and the three-year traffic agreement with Monster, represent an attractive opportunity for Yahoo. The transaction will provide Yahoo with an upfront cash purchase price of $225 million; the ability to focus more on its core business and delivering exceptional experiences to its users, partners and advertisers; and the opportunity to drive longer-term value through the traffic agreement by allowing Yahoo to continue to generate revenue from the online recruiting space while continuing to provide users with valued online career and recruiting services."
Monster is one of the largest in terms of traffic and user world wide, while Yahoo! has brand associated with its product. Yahoo seems to be selling some of its less strategic assets, as last month Yahoo! also sold Zimbra to VMWare, though still has some of the Zimbra technology.

HipHop for PHP project from Facebook

Today, Facebook shared one of its cool project - HipHop for PHP. Over 90 percent of Facebook servers are now using HipHop as the project opens to the community, promising better performance and scalability.

What is the use?
HipHop can reduce the CPU usage at the server even by 50% depending on the page executing PHP code. Reducing the overhead this way, it can help in scaling complex PHP websites. As per Facebook latest news, HipHop has shown incredible results for Facebook.

How does It optimize?
HipHop doesn't work like a compiler technically, instead HipHop programmatically transforms your PHP source code into highly optimized C++ and then uses g++ to compile it. HipHop executes the source code in a semantically equivalent manner and sacrifices some rarely used features — such as eval() — in exchange for improved performance. HipHop includes a code transformer, a reimplementation of PHP's runtime system, and a rewrite of many common PHP Extensions to take advantage of these performance optimizations.

It's not complete yet, but beta software can be tried before trying it out. I need to still try it out.

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