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MicroHoo: Good or Bad for Open Source?

Jul 30, 2009, 14:34 (9 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Glyn Mody)

[ Thanks to Damn you Dangermouse for this link. ]

"News that Microsoft and Yahoo have finally agreed a formula for their collaboration comes almost as a relief after what seems like years of tiresome on-off negotiations. The headline of the press release is "Microsoft, Yahoo! Change Search Landscape", and that's certainly true:

"Yahoo! and Microsoft announced an agreement that will improve the Web search experience for users and advertisers, and deliver sustained innovation to the industry. In simple terms, Microsoft will now power Yahoo! search while Yahoo! will become the exclusive worldwide relationship sales force for both companies' premium search advertisers.

"At a stroke, then, Microsoft's Bing search engine becomes number two, and its market share is no longer risible compared to Google's. That's clearly hugely important, but what interests me here is what effects this deal will have on open source."

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