Meanwhile, if you want a peek at what form a Microsoft-Yahoo collaboration might take (or, for that matter, "the future of search"), check out the horsey-looking, awkwardly named joint site they set up: ChoiceValueInnovation. If that's the best these guys can do, Google has nothing to fear.
Finally, the Guardian's Charles Arthur is also reminded of the whole AOL-Time Warner fiasco, and says that ain't good news for Yahoo fans:
The suspicion is that Yahoo, like AOL, is going to find itself hollowed out. Bartz in the phone call emphasized that, freed of the tedious binds of having to run a search engine, Yahoo can focus on "mobile".
Um, sure. As the analyst Michael Gartenberg put it succinctly (yes, <140char):
Q: What do you get when you cross Yahoo with Microsoft?
Ah Yahoo, we hardly knew ye.
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