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Google saw its share of the search engine market in the United States fall slightly during January 2009, while its three largest rivals Yahoo, Microsoft and Time Warner's AOL each increased their shares.
While Google maintained its long streak of dominance atop the U.S. search marketplace rankings in January, it's 63 percent share was a 0.5 percent drop from the 63.5 percent share comScore reported during December 2008.
Despite its drop in overall U.S. search market share Google users performed 6 percent more search queries during January than during December 2008, with an 8.497 billion total for the month, a 461 million increase from a December 2008 total of 8.036 billion queries, according to the comScore core search query report.
Or maybe it had to do with the fact that comScore just guesses what the numbers are based on their small-scale surveys... ;-)
Surely you don't mean to imply that a huge drop in market share (from 63.5 percent to a mere 63 percent) is the result of an inadequate sample? :-)
Which begs the question, why does it keep ending up on the front page of WW?