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A cartoonist's take of the new deal.  (Source: MSNBC)
Pair faces serious antitrust scrutiny

Yahoo and Microsoft, as expected, have announced a major partnership.  After a year and a half of failed talks, the pair finally have come together and cut a deal.  Many changes were necessary for the deal to take place -- a succession of Yahoo's CEO leadership from co-founder Jerry Yang to outsider Carol Bartz and a new search engine from Microsoft (Bing) -- but now that it's here, it promises to change the face of the internet.

The pair will hold an estimated 28 percent of the search market, or roughly a third, behind Google, which will hold roughly two thirds of the market.  The deal will last much longer than previously speculated -- 10 years.

As previously anticipated, Microsoft's new Bing search engine/algorithm will be replacing Yahoo's search.  Yahoo's page will keep its look, but behind the scenes it will be powered by Bing.  Yahoo will focus on selling ads using Microsoft's AdCenter platform, which bids to challenge Google's AdWords.

The two companies predict that the deal will raise revenue by over $500M USD.

Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz cheered the deal, stating, "This agreement comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo!, our users, and the industry. And I believe it establishes the foundation for a new era of Internet innovation and development.  Users will continue to experience search as a vital part of their Yahoo! experiences and will enjoy increased innovation thanks to the scale and resources this deal provides.”

Bartz continued, “Advertisers will also benefit from scale and enjoy greater ease of use and efficiencies working with a single platform and sales team for premium advertisers. Finally, this deal will help us increase our investments in priority areas in winning audience properties, display advertising capabilities, and mobile experiences."

Steve Ballmer likewise was pleased by the deal, stating, "Through this agreement with Yahoo!, we will create more innovation in search, better value for advertisers, and real consumer choice in a market currently dominated by a single company.  Success in search requires both innovation and scale. With our new Bing search platform, we've created breakthrough innovation and features. "

Google has previously vowed to challenge any such deal on antitrust grounds.  The U.S. Department of Justice and the EU are currently considering the deal and will likely review it extensively in coming months.

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By rudy on 7/29/2009 9:54:26 AM , Rating: 2
IMO Bing is a better search engine then Yahoo, but that does not matter sometimes I will need to use 4 or 5 search engines to get what I want. Now if I go to yahoo I will probably get the same thing as bing so there is nothing of value to me in yahoo search any more. Like most tech mergers I doubt much good will come of this, most big tech mergers seem to turn into failed investments.

RE: dissapointing
By Hellfire27 on 7/29/2009 10:09:14 AM , Rating: 2
I bet you Yahoo got less than half of the offer they had a year ago; stupid Yahoo.

RE: dissapointing
By Murst on 7/29/2009 10:36:20 AM , Rating: 5
MS didn't buy anything, so there was no cash offer. MS will pay Yahoo something like 88% of the revenue from searches originating at Yahoo, while Yahoo will allow Microsoft access to its own search technology so that MS can improve Bing.

RE: dissapointing
By banvetor on 7/29/2009 10:54:31 AM , Rating: 5
This is the kind of info that should be in the article. Thanks Murst.

RE: dissapointing
By PARANOID365 on 7/29/2009 7:59:22 PM , Rating: 2
Ya Murst thanks for the great info. it was both enlightening, and informative, which is a welcomed change from the usual DT dribble.

Anyway, I also completely agree with banvetor, because this is definitely the kind of info. that should of been in the article to begin with, (instead of the usual flame bait crap).


I'm thinking that maybe DT should hire Murst, and he can attempt to clean up this place, (just a thought).

RE: dissapointing
By Hellfire27 on 7/29/2009 11:08:20 AM , Rating: 2
Ah, I didn't realize this. Thanks.

RE: dissapointing
By jojo29 on 7/29/2009 2:46:39 PM , Rating: 5
Well, we can kiss Yahoo goodbye, trust me, MS will slowly chip away at the Yahoo name and swallow yahoo into its own..and Bing is "okay", i don't use it, Google is still better, Google-it or Bing-it up?

RE: dissapointing
By Some1ne on 7/29/2009 3:20:31 PM , Rating: 2
How much have you actually used it? Bing is better than just "okay". Its web-search is roughly on-par with Google (though it's not quite as good at listing the most relevent sites first), its video search is somewhat better than Google's, and its image search puts Google to shame.

RE: dissapointing
By Lifted on 7/29/09, Rating: 0
RE: dissapointing
By Murst on 7/29/2009 4:17:41 PM , Rating: 2
Most people who are serious about having their sites indexed properly by the different crawlers provide a sitemap to each crawler. The tools to do this are easily accessible.

Both google and live have had this for a while ( I've never checked out Yahoo, but then again, I'm not very serious about this ).

RE: dissapointing
By 67STANG on 7/30/2009 2:40:20 AM , Rating: 3
Content isn't necessarily king with Google either. It places a HUGE weight on the # of external sites linking to your site and weights how many external sites are linking to the external sites that are linking to you-- and so on.

This is how Google manages to not only score the relevance of content on your site, but it's relevance with relation to the internet in general. Ever wonder how some of these supposed "SEO" companies work? They hire someone to spam message boards, blogs, and so on. This gets your external link count up, thus making your site more "relevant". "That'll be $5,000 please."

Google also makes sure to ignore/penalize sites that put tons of keywords in hidden tags and directly on the page. (a lot of people would type their keywords in 400 times then set the text color as the same color as the background color of the site). The Google bot can detect these instances and generally will REMOVE sites like these from the index alltogether.

There's a lot of other things they take into account, like clicks, analytics, site mentions in gmail, etc..

And yes, Microsoft's problem is that their crawler/bot is mildly retarded. It looks for internal links on crawled content rather than scanning the web directory itself. That's supposed to have been fixed with Bing though, who knows.

None of the above is really that hard to do, honestly. The algorithms to do this aren't really all that difficult. The difficult part is finding the money to buy the processing power, bandwidth and hard drives to handle all of the input.

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