Microhoo deal has a Google escape clause
Yahoo! clears! emergency! escape! routes!
It is no secret that Yahoo! and Microsoft's search deal aims to steal market share from Google, but it is still surprising to see Google named in a Yahoo! SEC filing.
The SEC update reveals that Yahoo! can get out of the deal if the average revenue per search in the US falls below a specified percentage of Google's estimated revenue per search. Yahoo! can also terminate the agreement if the two companies' combined market share falls below a certain level.
Yahoo! can also pull the plug if Microsoft attempts to get out of the search business or tries to sell its search business.
The filing also reveals that Microsoft will hire "not less than 400 Yahoo! employees" and that Microsoft must pay for a retention plan for those employees and for 150 Yahoo!ers who will work on transition services related to the deal.
The complete filing is here. ®
Yahoo plays in the poo?
I had some business dealings with yahoo... What left me most impressed with the whole operation was:
a) They provide paid for services in the US, that can be accessed from Australia, but
b) because they are in bed with a TV network here - that only promotes soapies and me too clone Television..(asinine simple minded bullshit)
c) And they refuse to provide answers to "customer support" questions for reselling their services, the services already being paid for on behalf of clients AND are generally "very slack"......
It's a very good way to judge a company - because IF that IS what they are like at the coal face - what are they like from there on in?
And Microsoft - and it's decades long reign as serving up insipid software, crap tech support by generally very clueless and unmotivated to fix it staff - and their dirty deals in terms of anti trust actions, their force feeding you of their bundled and interbred ever so easy to hack packages......
I don't really care much for either of them..... and given the fact they have established a deal - full of back doors and escape clauses - is pretty much symptomatic of the cash grabbing sleazery of each of them.
RIght thats it
El Reg in FF with adblock from now on - The last (cisco?) advert that obscured half the text pissed me off and I complained - now this HP one does it again.
Why do you do this ?? why dont you screen your adds ?
Your an add supported site and you piss off your readers with add's that obscure the text.
I refuse to see your adverts any more.
I don't care about the details of the deal. You can already search on Yahoo and Bing at the same time. It's called www.infospace.com. You also get Google and Ask as well as Twitter.