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Microsoft Acquiring Yahoo’s Talent?

November 19th, 2008 · 3 Comments · Uncategorized

Somehow the story of whether Microsoft should acquire Yahoo just can’t stay out of the news. But what’s more interesting is that Microsoft seems to be poaching key talent from Yahoo Search. I’m still not writing Yahoo off, but they seem to be increasingly playing the part of a pawn in the struggle between Google and Microsoft to own web search.

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  • 1 Gil Moreno // Nov 20, 2008 at 11:34 am

    I think the battle is really on the public mind-share level, not on the engineering level. At least that’s what I see, not being an engineer. It is interesting to note that the name, Suchter, could be a derivative of the German word, “Suche”, which means “search”. Another German word, “Sucht” means “addiction”…not sure if there is any correlation there… :-)

  • 2 Daniel Tunkelang // Nov 20, 2008 at 1:31 pm

    Gil, that’s a fair point, though I don’t know how many folks outside the industry pay attention to this inside baseball, even when there is alleged chair tossing involved (http://arstechnica.com/journals/microsoft.ars/2005/9/3/1106).

    I hadn’t noticed the name–it does look funnier in the German press (http://www.zdnet.de/news/tkomm/0,39023151,39199231,00.htm).

  • 3 Gil Moreno // Nov 20, 2008 at 6:10 pm

    Hey Dan, I can totally see the chair tossing and the emotional tirade. That would be in character. I have first hand knowledge of how Google can get his attention. Just as the financial derivatives market can be volatile and unpredictable, so too can Steve when it comes to Google.

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