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I have seen few very good engines who have come up with own research and hardwork in last few years , why not MS ready to work for themselves? instead again and again using its giant financial arms.
The story seems like girlfriend is not ready to marry and you are again and again proposing to her with different methods.
The yahoo - google thing is cartel material #1 & #2 hooking up is pretty much the end of a free internet (or any concept of it)
T/he Microsoft way of leveraging one de facto monopoly into anther market and destroying the market is not what I wan tto see happen to search, advertising or anything else either Yahoo! or Google are active in. (And for those who doubt MSFT will do that: they've been convicted of it and fined record breaking fines, an dnot shown any remorse, so yeah they'll do it if they have half a chance).
When you look at the background of yahoo and google you come across some incestous relationships. Both the founders of yahooo and google were Standford Ph.D Students. Both companies were launched from the same venture capatalist "Michael Moritz". And previously Larry Pages brother "Carl" has been involved in aquitions with yahoo worth over $400 million.
Still think Yahoo has it's shareholders best interests at heart by turning away microsoft and putting a deal with google together?
[edited by: Vivo at 12:05 am (utc) on July 14, 2008]
If such is the scenario with only 3 major search engines, I fear what will happen if we will be left with only 2?
Microsoft isn’t looking to buy Yahoo Search; instead they have their eyes on Yahoo PPC business. The next thing they will do once they get their hands on it, will be to increase Yahoo Pay Per Click cost as much as possible.
If MSFT buys Yahoo!, they'll dismantle it and all the Yahoo! users will go to Google.
The reason keywords are so damn expensive is because of the number of sites now reaching for those keywords. There's a few niche markets, I suppose, where the price is not too steep; all in all, though, the internet marketplace is getting to be very clogged.
Those are all all, of course, losses. Maybe they should sell their online division to Yahoo. For that matter, they'd come out ahead just giving it to Yahoo. Or paying AOL to take it. Or outsourcing it to one of the Jovian moons.
Maybe the Microsoft shareholders should be revolting.