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3:11 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Drudge Report is getting ready to break the story. He's got a headline up with no link. Standard Drudge tease.
3:16 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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This should be big news! Where exactly is this news on that site?

[added]ok, just saw[/added]

[edited by: Imaster at 3:21 am (utc) on Oct. 31, 2003]

3:18 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I can see a new thread length record.
It'll beat earlier this year, when google got all 'funky' lol.
3:59 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Of course, Google-Micro$oft rumors are hardly new!
4:17 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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[nytimes.com...]

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According to company executives and others briefed on the discussions, Microsoft - desperate to capture a slice of the popular and ad-generating search business - approached Google within the last two months to discuss the possibility of a takeover.

4:26 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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approached Google within the last two months to discuss the possibility of a takeover.

I can imagine how long that discussion lasted...

4:31 am on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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I think there was an earlier report that MS approached G at the beginning of the year. I remember posting a quote from G's CEO about this in the backroom sometime ago, like July.
4:05 pm on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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That news is probably being "drudged" up again as a result of all the IPO talk
6:23 pm on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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If you can't beat 'em, assimilate.
8:53 pm on Oct 31, 2003 (gmt 0)

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another story posted on MSNBC [msnbc.com] today.
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Google takeover odds: slim. The Googlies value their independence too much.

LookSmart takeover odds: much better. MSN's pulling the plug on Looksmart greatly reduces the value of LookSmart, making it a more attractive buy. Gates isn't a dummy, and his past business practices prove he's willing to apply some ruthless leverage to get what he wants.

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LookSmart takeover odds: much better.

Not too sure. MS just hired away Overture's Chief Technology Officer. Appears like MSN is going to build PPC in-house.

12:22 am on Nov 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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>Google takeover odds: slim. The Googlies value their independence too much.

Baloney. It isn't the Google employees that are relevant. It is those who own Google. They will be independent. Independently rich from the money Microsoft pays them.

They are Microsoft. Resistance is futile. Those at the Googleplex should prepare to become assimilated into the collective.

4:18 am on Nov 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Is this not the best cartoon to describe whats really going on? ;)
[economist.com...]

Check out the subtle images of overweight microsoft and yahoo... you think they drew them like that on purpose?

(full article [economist.com] to go with that image if you are interested)

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Check out the subtle images of overweight microsoft and yahoo... you think they drew them like that on purpose?

Yep, and I'm not sure I'd use the word 'subtle' to describe it. :) Great cartoon, thanks for the link.

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I hope not [guardian.co.uk...]
8:33 am on Nov 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Point of interest in the CNN article

Microsoft Courting Google [money.cnn.com]

Microsoft Corp., seeking a foothold in the Internet search business, approached Google within the last two months to discuss a partnership or even a merger, according to a published report Friday.

Apparently Google is prospecting for investment bankers to take them public, and it doesn't look like MSN's projected search is all that close in the future.

A partnership would be interesting, with MSN using Google search and Adwords. There would likely be a heftier slice of cash for MSN with Adwords than there's probably been with LS.

4:25 pm on Nov 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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What will change?

- Googlebar only for MS & IE?
- Higher Rankings for IIS
- banning of sites discussing about MS security leaks

Seems like we have to look for alternatives.

Goog Bye Google
Welcome AllTheWeb

P.S.: HAPPY HALLOWEEN (top this, google) [goatse.youknow...]

4:39 pm on Nov 1, 2003 (gmt 0)

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Also, about hte cartoon, note how the overweight prevents them from jumping high enough to catch some of those colourfull zeroes.

SN

 

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