Microsoft Search Alliance Exec Switches Sides To Yahoo

Microsoft Search Alliance Exec Switches Sides To Yahoo

By Doug Caverly April 4, 2011

Relations between Microsoft and Yahoo may sour as a result, but it’s a good bet Yahoo execs are going to brag a bit about a new hire.  It seems a Microsoft executive charged with working on the companies’ search alliance …

DOJ Approves MSFT-Yahoo Deal
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UPDATE: As stated in a press release a Microsoft representative emailed to WebProNews, "Microsoft (Nasdaq ‘MSFT’) and Yahoo! (Nasdaq ‘YHOO’) announced today that they have received clearance for their search agreement, without restrictions, from both the U.S. Department of Justice and the European Commission, and will now turn their attention to beginning the process of implementing the deal."

Report: EU To Approve Microsoft-Yahoo Deal
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The proposed Microsoft-Yahoo search partnership may soon be approved by one set of regulators, at least.  A new report indicates that the European Commission will give it a green light one week from today.

Microsoft Exec Talks Bing Success/Profitability

Here are a couple of simple facts: Microsoft’s online services business lost $466 million during the last financial quarter, and most research firms put Google’s share of the search market at least 45 percentage points above Yahoo’s.  Still, Microsoft believes Bing can be competitive and profitable.

Australia, Canada Approve Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

We’ll admit it: so far, most conversations concerning the Microsoft-Yahoo deal and antitrust issues have related to the U.S. and Europe.  Still, two potential roadblocks were eliminated yesterday when the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission and the Canadian Competition Bureau signaled their intent not to oppose the partnership.

Microsoft, Yahoo May Extend Partnership Outside The U.S.
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Microsoft’s CEO isn’t getting ahead of himself; for the time being, Steve Ballmer’s taking a "first things first" approach.  However, he indicated today that if the proposed U.S.-only Microsoft-Yahoo search partnership goes through, an international agreement may follow.

Microsoft, Yahoo Miss Agreement Deadline

The proposed Microsoft-Yahoo deal seems to have hit a small and oddly unspecified bump.  The companies missed an October 27th deadline by which they hoped to have some details ironed out.

Carl Icahn Quits Yahoo’s Board Of Directors

Another noteworthy event in the long, strange tale of the Microsoft-Yahoo deal has occurred: about 15 months after securing his seat on Yahoo’s board of directors, Carl Icahn has resigned the position.

It’s important to note that the move isn’t supposed to be interpreted as the first step in starting another fight.  Or even as a sign of disapproval.  In fact, in a letter announcing his resignation, Icahn made it sound more like a case of "mission accomplished" and "time to move on."

Advertising Powerhouses Champion Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

It would seem that everybody who’s anybody in the advertising industry wants the Microsoft-Yahoo deal to go through.  Today, the president and CEO of the American Association of Advertising Agencies, along with the heads of all four major ad holding companies, signed her name to a letter of support.

Yahoo “Might Be Open” To Letting Google On Homepage
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The Yahoo search experience might at some point change in a very surprising way.  That Bing may take over, we’ve come to accept.  But at least one high-ranking Yahoo employee thinks Google could get a shot, too.

Let’s talk about said employee for a moment.  Burke Culligan is the senior director of product planning and strategy over Yahoo’s front page and My Yahoo, so he’s in a good position to discuss significant adjustments.  Also, Culligan’s worked for Yahoo since October of 2005, so it’s not like he’s some newbie who doesn’t know the score.

Justice Department Asks Microsoft, Yahoo For More Info
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Even though the combined search market shares of Microsoft and Yahoo won’t approach Google’s stake in terms of size, the Justice Department isn’t giving their proposed deal a free pass.  In fact, the government entity’s decided to ask Microsoft and Yahoo for more information.

UK Yahoo Portal Switches to Google, Not Bing
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UK site Connected Internet this week found that BT Yahoo, which is an online portal for BT Broadband users, and is run by Yahoo, is using Google Search now, rather than Yahoo search, which has been in place.

Analyst Predicts Big Gains For Yahoo Post-Microsoft Deal
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Maybe Yahoo’s deal with Microsoft was a smart move, after all.  RBC analyst Ross Sandler has stepped forward to say that it’ll have a positive financial effect on Carol Bartz’s company, boosting certain figures significantly above forecasted levels. 

Microsoft-Yahoo Deal Full Of Termination Clauses

Although Microsoft and Yahoo (finally) announced a partnership one week ago, it seems that the deal is far from unbreakable.  Indeed, Yahoo’s shared a few details with the S.E.C., and there are a number of interesting termination provisions attached to the arrangement.

The first can kick in if much more heel-dragging occurs, or more specifically, "if the conditions to commencement have not been satisfied by July 29, 2010."  Which is a nice sign that this won’t still be under discussion come doomsday.

Microsoft, Yahoo CEOs Comment On Employees’ Fates
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Personnel-related "efficiencies" can be good or bad, depending on one’s perspective.  Companies want to save money, of course, and their shareholders also appreciate savings.  But employees like to keep their jobs.  So let’s take a look at what sort of effect the Microsoft-Yahoo deal may have.

Yahoo Having A Horrible Day On The Stock Market
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According to a statement Carol Bartz issued this morning, the new Yahoo-Microsoft deal "comes with boatloads of value for Yahoo, our users, and the industry."  But a significant number of Yahoo’s (former) investors apparently didn’t believe that line, and have sent the company’s stock into something of a tailspin. 

Carl Icahn Comes Out In Favor Of Microsoft-Yahoo Deal

The man who once seemed set to single-handedly force a Microsoft-Yahoo acquisition – and then settled for three seats on Yahoo’s board of directors, instead – is at it again.  Carl Icahn’s spoken in favor of a search partnership between the two companies.