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    MS and Yahoo! Partnership

    Looks like they're finalizing a deal: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/business/8174763.stm

    Personally I'm happy, I use to be a Yahoo'er when it was more popular like in the 90s, but it became a habit to type google in the address bar, it was a simple page that got what I needed. But clearly, the Google Giant has gotten too big IMO. They offer amazing technology, with Street View, and their new phone service they're going to offer soon, but a company like this has power.

    I don't trust a huge dominant company with the slogan "Don't be evil", just a tad bit shady

    But I don't think the Yahoo! & Microsoft deal will do much. I don't see a end in sight for Google's power.
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    Quote of the Day!
    "Through this agreement with Yahoo, we will create ... real consumer choice in a market currently dominated by a single company," said [Microsoft boss Steve] Ballmer.
    Irony at its best

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    This is not a partnership of love, but necessity. A year ago, I called the proposed Yahoo-Microsoft merger a shotgun wedding, with Google holding the shotgun.
    Still makes me laugh that Microsoft whinge about Google being a monopoly when they have done this to any OS competitor that has dared take them on for nigh on 20 years lol. Good to see them on the receiving end for a change IMO

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    It's not nearly as funny as Google making an operating system lolGoogle

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheShaner View Post

    Irony at its best

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    Yeah, I've seen that said several places. It's pretty bizarre/funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brandoe85 View Post
    It's not nearly as funny as Google making an operating system lolGoogle
    Yeah, that's still a shock to me. But I didn't find any great quotes from Google's Eric Schmidt like I did from MS's Steve Ballmer in the above article, haha.

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    So, I just checked out Bing...it just looks weird! What's with the super-clear-castle picture all about? Yahoo! is just too busy, when I go there I instantly want to close it. At least Bing is somewhat simple, the search results page isn't too bad...

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    I just don't get why Yahoo! or Bing/Microsoft haven't gotten that the average user likes the very simple layout of Google, honestly that's why I use it, downside being literally EVERY search ever made on Google is on record somewhere, Google must know more about people than the CIA.

    Yahoo use to be way more popular but they try to throw all their services in your face and label them Yahoo Yahoo Yahoo, while Google can quietly take over a company like YouTube, and the word Google isn't plastered everywhere.

    Bing is pretty cool as far as the video thumbnails playing a portion of the video, like an excerpt, but it's no competition. Cuil.. I mean Cuil was kinda a joke, all thay hype about the Google Killer; Ex Google Employees, etc. First thing that turned me off of Cuil was its dark appearance, and while searching it feels more like you're in a frame, with the bottom pagination obstructing your view, and I wasn't too impressed with the 3 column layout either.

    But who knows, maybe http://www.altavista.com/ will make a comeback :P
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zangeel View Post
    I just don't get why Yahoo! or Bing/Microsoft haven't gotten that the average user likes the very simple layout of Google, honestly that's why I use it, downside being literally EVERY search ever made on Google is on record somewhere, Google must know more about people than the CIA.
    Is it true that gogle is 40% owned by CIA?


    But who knows, maybe http://www.altavista.com/ will make a comeback :P
    who knows? last time I heard of alta vista it was when their ceo 'resigned' after the company posted a less-than-expected performance ~ iirc.
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    I doubt the CIA would take part in a private business (unless funding to improve their 'spying' capabilities) but it wouldnt be the first time they utilized private companies to get information, they've been doing it with phone companies, email providers, etc, and now Google is coming out with a phone service, as well as email solutions. Google has always been a very intrusive force on the internet.

    IMO the internet age is just too young to an educated guess, but it seems it's already been monopolized like never before. No end in site ;].
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    Well, Google is owned by Sergey Brin, who is from Moscow, which may be of interest to the CIA but Larry Page is from Lansing, Michigan. where Tim Allen narrates promotional ads for Michigan. Tim Allen was in "Santa Claus 2" with J. B. Bivens who was in "Trapped" with....Kevin Bacon!!

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    The Bing/Yahoo hybrid search engine is suppose to have 30% of the search market. Where they go from there will depend on the quality of the search results they provide (compared to google, which is truly the "gold standard"). I wouldn't start investing in Bing just yet.


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