ember - 12:20 am on Feb 7, 2008 (gmt 0) But who really knows?
I don't know how it will play out. I just hope somehow combining the two companies will mean that YPN/MSN will attract more advertisers and improve its targeting abilities so Adsense will actually have some competition. It could lower advertising costs if Google realizes they can't randomly charge whatever they want any longer and lowers prices to keep advertisers. That could hurt publishers. Or ad prices could go up since there will be one less place to advertise, and that could help publishers.
But who really knows?