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  Post #16 (permalink)   06-20-2012, 08:04 PM
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Yeah I'm not aware of any major investment either. I know Microsoft has been shelling money into various companies over the past few years, everything from Barns & Nobles NOOK, Apple Stock and Facebook, and outright purchases such as Skype and AOL but I've not seen any openly public notices about Microsoft buying Google shared, or the opposite.
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He might be confusing Google with Facebook. I believe Microsoft has invested in the social networking site a while back.
 
 
 


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  Post #18 (permalink)   06-21-2012, 07:54 AM
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He might be confusing Google with Facebook. I believe Microsoft has invested in the social networking site a while back.
No i was told by a MS rep at a trade fair a couple years ago that MS invested in google, which did confuse me as other said they are competitors and currently MS are pushing their own SE (bing).

if you think back it was a couple of years ago MS started to reorganise their MSN brand, so maybe they invested in google thinking they could get a foot in the door and try and take them over
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If for any reasons Google closed its search engine service, where would you expect most traffic to your website from? Yahoo and Bing are too far behind Google now, so they are not really a good alternatives?
I will receive traffic from Yahoo and Bing cause Yahoo will become number one and Bing number 2.
And there will go people that use Google.
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No i was told by a MS rep at a trade fair a couple years ago that MS invested in google, which did confuse me as other said they are competitors and currently MS are pushing their own SE (bing).
Yeah, that is a bit confusing. I personally prefer Google owned and run by the existing ones. If Miscrosoft owned Google, they would make Google's users pay for every service Google is providing for free now.
 
 
 


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I doubt google is going anywhere
 
 
 


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I'd be very surprised if Microsoft owns any Google stock today, although (courtesy of Wiki) they did think about it in 2003 - http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2003/10/3050-2/
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I'd be very surprised if Microsoft owns any Google stock today, although (courtesy of Wiki) they did think about it in 2003 - http://arstechnica.com/uncategorized/2003/10/3050-2/
they may still hold shares, but though an agency, as if they hold shares, they will get shareholders reports etc, which will give them info on google that would not be made public
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they may still hold shares, but though an agency, as if they hold shares, they will get shareholders reports etc, which will give them info on google that would not be made public
Fair point re the arm's length stockholding, so it wouldn't show up on public stockholding statements (are these public in US?) but I'm not clear what they would gain by it - all the info a shareholder would get is available on the company website, and through SEC filings - eg http://investor.google.com/earnings.html.
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all the info a shareholder would get is available on the company website, and through SEC filings - eg http://investor.google.com/earnings.html.
not everything. are the public allowed into shareholders meetings or AGM where things can be discussed that MS could find handy but would not be made public along with meeting minutes.
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I'm amused how most news about the new Yahoo CEO is about how she's female, cute, and pregnant.

But she was also one of Google's oldest employees, so we'll see what that does. Yahoo has been suffering for years now, and it would get the axe long before Google.

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Yeah I have also heard of the news. I don't know how could she leave her comfortable position on Google for Yahoo. I think it's all about money.
 
 
 


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There was a great article on SearchEngineLand concerning the relationships between Yahoo, Bing and Google. The search engine worlds constantly evolve.
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I doubt google are going anywhere, everybody uses them so they will always remain popular, i think if anything new came in, google would impalement it as well, so that they had is, its its users were not missing anything...
 
 
 


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There was a great article on SearchEngineLand concerning the relationships between Yahoo, Bing and Google. The search engine worlds constantly evolve.
true

look at Alta Vista and Excite. these were popular, but how many people use them now

Alta Vista were taken over by Yahoo while Excite, just sites their doing nothing.

Maybe Yahoos new CEO moved from Google as a way of Google to get their hands on Yahoo or has Google already taken over Yahoo and moved a top exec into yahoos prime position
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