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Microsoft on Monday said it has hired away Gary Flake [research.yahoo.com], a principal scientist at Yahoo Research Lab and former head of research at the Web portal's Overture Services division.
[edited by: Brett_Tabke at 3:17 pm (utc) on April 12, 2005]
What talent? :)
I had a boss who constantly told me: "Ken, stop talking BS and start giving me results."
Yahoo! has spent billions of dollars to improve its search business.
March 2003 - Acquires Inktomi
September 2003 - Acquires Overture plus Altavista
Then, in February of 2004 announces "YAHOO! INTRODUCES MORE COMPREHENSIVE AND RELEVANT SEARCH EXPERIENCE WITH NEW YAHOO! SEARCH TECHNOLOGY."
The press release read "Yahoo! Inc., a leading global Internet company, today announced that it has created a more comprehensive and relevant search experience for users through the deployment of its own algorithmic search technology on Yahoo!® Search."
After one year, I still can't see any good results.
Since February 2005 and without the help of Gary Flake, MSN gives much better results than Yahoo.