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3:29 am on Feb 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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With $40 Billion + will Slick Willy buy Google or Overture? MSN won't be left out in the cold.
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Nope. Yahoo will buy Overture.

Google will remain a biggie all on its own.

3:33 am on Feb 26, 2003 (gmt 0)

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yup, she is correct - imho

[and welcome to the 4 minuet definitive SE answer]

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Nope. Yahoo will buy Overture.

Didn't Y! just buy Inktomi? Why would they need another SE? It seems to me Overture buying FAST would make it less likely that Yahoo would buy Overture. FAST adds to the cost Yahoo would have to pay and the benefit is small because of their purchase of Inktomi. Overture without FAST would be more appealing to Yahoo, IMO.

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Microsoft will buy Overture and Google.

They will all be integrated into msn with google.com, overture.com and all the other regional domain names being redirected to msn.com (or regional alternative).

The algo's will be adjusted so that any content served on non Microsoft Webservers will be penalised in the serps.

Yes such a beautiful world could be a reality.

<sarcasm>Just in case you didn't pick it up.</sarcasm>

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It seems to me Overture buying FAST would make it less likely that Yahoo would buy Overture. FAST adds to the cost Yahoo would have to pay and the benefit is small because of their purchase of Inktomi.

But along with adding to the cost, it adds to the value.

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......and it only makes Google more valuable as well
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Although I doubt Google will sell. They value their integrity too much.
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But along with adding to the cost, it adds to the value.

My point was that Yahoo having Inktomi reduces the value of having FAST also, so the increase cost they would have to pay would not be returned to them in value to their business.

This move by Overture may have been their way of saying "we're not for sell".

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Although I doubt Google will sell. They value their integrity too much.

They have lawyers running around telling webmasters to not refer to "google" as a verb synonymous with search. I'd say that scores a few points with Slick Willie.

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They have lawyers running around telling webmasters to not refer to "google" as a verb synonymous with search.

That would be their trademark counsel whose specific job it is to do just that.

I would venture a guess that any major trademarked entity would have these guys on staff. I'm not a major entity, but I've had my lawyer run down a couple of improper uses of my trademark. It's part of what you have to do to maintain the trademark.

By the way, I just loved "Earth Died Screaming"! ;)

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The real question: See now how much they paid for FAST and AV and INK. I wonder how much Google would go for. A lot more than the others IMHO.
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The moment Bill would buy Google, all the staff that could cash their options, would drop their Google pen and start Google2, it does not fit their style.