Linked by Kroc Camen on Thu 18th Feb 2010 21:01 UTC
Legal BBC News reports that the US and European regulators (yes, the same EC that slapped MS with a EUR900M fine) have approved the deal that will see Microsoft control Yahoo's search and advertising business. This will mean that one of the first, great search engines (there was a time before Google) will now be powered by johnny-come-lately Bing.
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RE: a sad day for our time
by vaette on Thu 18th Feb 2010 21:53 UTC in reply to "a sad day for our time"
vaette
Member since:
2008-08-09

Yahoo having a search engine has been a rather recent and minor phenomena though. Up until the late 90s they only had the directory-style web navigation. They then licensed searches from Inktomi for a number of years, and then switched to having Google as the backend 2001-2004. Only then did they start doing their own crawling and searching. So, switching to licensing searches from Bing is rather a return to their roots by Yahoo rather than the fall of a giant.

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MollyC Member since:
2006-07-04

style web navigation" search engine. It's an interesting concept, but completely unscalable as the internet grows, seemingly exponentially, each year.

I seem to remember that at one point MSN used Yahoo as its backend (before MS created Live Search). The reverse will now be the case.

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RE[2]: a sad day for our time
by frood on Sat 20th Feb 2010 03:48 in reply to "RE: a sad day for our time"
frood Member since:
2005-07-06

I was thinking the same thing. I only swapped from Yahoo to Google when I realised that Yahoo no longer used them as a search provider. It was Yahoo using Google that made me find out about them in the first place

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