Great for Carbon. The situation for hardware design firms (right now, and often) is brutal - the degree of difficulty to consistently book enough new work to keep your talented team members employed is incredibly high, and more companies are moving this work in-house.
There are a number of these firms in the Seattle area, and all of them are struggling. Acquisition is often preferable to closing your doors, which could well be what happens to others.
I thought the cold caused batteries to slow down on discharge rate. The LiPo batteries I use for RC planes keep a charge much longer if they are refrigerated. They have a horrible discharge rate when cold though.
Rand, I thought one of the providers (Hitwise or Comscore) started to separate out internal v. external links. Perhaps those were just pure links, like when a link at MSN.com went to a search results page?
I also don't get the Facebook reference. Google has distribution deals - Google searches in Firefox still count for Google, for example. Is it just the fact that web results are at the tail of the page?
Having gone through acquisitions myself, I've learned that BigCo tax issues are entirely different than YourCo tax issues - i.e. they're going to think about taxes (cap gains, operating taxes, etc.) with different rules than you will.