InfoWorld: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft Partner on Open Source Search Protocol

“Strange bedfellows Google, Microsoft and Yahoo have partnered
to simplify how webmasters and online publishers submit their
sites’ content for indexing in the companies’ search engines.

“In a rare collaborative effort, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo,
which compete directly in Internet search and other online
services, plan to announce on Thursday their support for the open
source, Sitemap Protocol based on XML (Extensible Markup


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