Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 20th Jan 2010 23:30 UTC
Apple Every now and then, you have these items which make you check the thermostat in hell. Today, we have a classic case: BusinessWeek is reporting that Apple and Microsoft are reportedly in talks about replacing Google with Bing as the default search engine on the iPhone.
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RE: And then...
by Bryan on Thu 21st Jan 2010 01:49 UTC in reply to "And then..."
Bryan
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I agree, but unfortunately these deals are the standard operating procedure of the industry. The majority of the Mozilla Foundation's revenue comes from their deal with Google, for example, and both Google and Bing have made deals with various OEMs in the PC market. From Microsoft's perspective, not making these kinds of deals would be handicapping their own efforts, and they've got an uphill battle already. From Apple's perspective, this is a valuable piece of real estate to sell, and could be a strong source of additional revenue.

Of course, this could also be a bluff to get a better deal out of Google--if you have to work with a competitor, you may as well take them for all they're worth... especially if that competitor is Google. Or it could also be that Apple doesn't see Microsoft becoming a credible threat in the mobile space any time soon, and so they're the lesser of two evils.

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