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Barry Schwartz reports on an insider tip that IAC may sell off or abandon their Ask.com search technology and outsource it to Google.
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from SEOdisco 2239 Days ago #
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Google search technology with Ask’s interface could be cool...

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from bwelford 2239 Days ago #
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It’s unusual for a sinking ship to throw out the engine. :)

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from crimsongirl 2239 Days ago #
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Awww.... I really hope this doesn’t happen.  Although I suppose the propsects are not good for Ask/Teoma.  It’s a loss to the web community when a search engine bites the dust, no matter that Ask has a small market share.  A more homogeneous search culture does not benefit users overall.

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from DavidWallace 2239 Days ago #
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I’d hate to see it happen. If only Google would somehow screw up on something so some of their marketshare could go towards Ask but that most likley will not happen.

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from AndreyMilyan 2239 Days ago #
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There goes the consolidation of the market. Yahoo! is barely holding on, Ask might be out. What does that leave the consumer with, Google or Microsoft? With Microsoft’s current search engine sophistication, I can already see Google’s market share apporaching 100% :)

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from everett 2239 Days ago #
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Glad I sold my IACI stock last month.

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from stevee1 2238 Days ago #
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I guess if you can’t beat them,.... this is bad news though, we’re about to end up with just 2 search engines, Google v. MS/Yahoo  

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from TimDineen 2238 Days ago #
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Ask is (maybe) succumbing to Google due to market share not because the engine/index/algo is better... so I don’t understand why they’d think changing the underlying engine/index/algo would help them - other than maybe saving some money since the wouldn’t have to employ engineers in the future.

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from DavidWallace 2238 Days ago #
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Looks like this was merely a rumor and has been debunked - http://sphinn.com/story/32010.

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from ffemtkl 2236 Days ago #
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I wonder if the top lawyer for Google will come out with a statement saying he is "concerned" about consolidation in the search market (http://www.news.com/8301-13860_3-9863861-56.html) like he did by the Yahoo/Microsoft merger. Doubt it :).

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from NickWilsdon 2236 Days ago #
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@DavidWallaceYou have a stray period in there :) Try this one people - http://sphinn.com/story/32010

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