Rising Clout of Google


A front page WSJ story in the wake of Yahoo’s acquisition of Overture. “Google News shook Yahoo…Worried Yahoo executives began calling industry contacts to see if they thought Google News signified a threat, say two people who received calls.”

On the other hand,, Microsoft saw a strong search engine as one of a key set of features essential for MSN’s long-term growth. One possible use of search: to drive growth of subscription services…a search on “Madonna,” for instance, could direct the Internet user to a Microsoft online music service.

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