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Ask Jeeves rekindles Web-search merger talk
Macguru




msg:30715
 1:51 am on May 29, 2003 (gmt 0)

A pair of announcements from Ask Jeeves Inc. on Wednesday stirred simmering speculation that the Web-search space could see more consolidation after a burst of deals between November and March.

But while rumors persist about some of the Web-search sector's bigger players, many industry watchers do not see any mega-mergers in the near future.

[biz.yahoo.com...]

 

caine




msg:30716
 1:54 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

Mac,

good find, the last comments towards the end of the article about possible acquisition targets, was interesting. Basically Looksmart and Ask Jeeves.

martinibuster




msg:30717
 2:28 pm on Jun 5, 2003 (gmt 0)

When AskJeeves sold off their search they made themselves a more attractive target for acquisition.

Looksmart and Yahoo just got cozier, as yesterday they renewed their deal [theage.com.au] for Looksmart to provide a feed into Inktomi.

caine




msg:30718
 11:42 am on Jun 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

defintely heading off topic, but its the weekend.

It will be interesting to see what AJ is going to do now that ink and ls have continued on their partnership. And with google's recent server re-config, What is AJ/teoma to do? I was seriously expecting the next big thing to come from them, certainly from what Paul was saying at the conference in Boston. Seems not be happening quite that way.

Brad




msg:30719
 12:16 pm on Jun 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

caine, with all those reports of Teoma's agressive spidering over the last few weeks, I think Ask has something planned.

martinibuster




msg:30720
 3:54 pm on Jun 7, 2003 (gmt 0)

I think Ask has something planned.

I for one would be thrilled to finally see some action. They remind me of a baseball pitcher on the mound doing the big wind-up...

Enough already, let go of the ball.

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