diberry - 10:38 pm on Oct 15, 2012 (gmt 0)
TypicalSurfer, I see what you mean now. Thanks for clarifying.
They are turning their full attention to becoming a paid-inclusion commercial portal.
You're the second person to suggest this recently, and it does feel like a distinct possibility. I don't think they consider search commercially successful in any way other than how it drives Adsense income - if they can drive that income without being a search engine, then that would be fine with their stockholders, so it's a viable option.