Google ‘would love’ to replace Microsoft as Yahoo partner

Eric Schmidt

The whole Microsoft-Yahoo search saga has always felt like a soap opera, starting with Microsoft’s failed bid to acquire Yahoo in 2008, and continuing to the present-day shakiness of their search partnership. And here’s another potential plot twist.

Eric Schmidt, Google’s executive chairman and former chief executive, reportedly said during an appearance in Japan overnight that Google “would love” to replace Microsoft as Yahoo’s search partner. Forbes contributor Eric Jackson does a nice job tracking this down after seeing a fleeting mention of Schmidt’s remarks on the Dow Jones wire early this morning.

The subplot here is former Googler Marissa Mayer’s new position as Yahoo CEO, and the potential inroads that creates. Microsoft has seen this type of thing play out before — in fact, it has done something similar in its Nokia partnership, spearheaded by Nokia CEO and former Microsoft exec Stephen Elop.

Under the terms of their search deal, Yahoo has a potential way out of the Microsoft partnership if it doesn’t live up to financial benchmarks. Danny Sullivan published an extensive analysis of this in July that’s worth a read for more details.

The other issue is the antitrust hurdle that Google would face. Google’s original plan to partner with Yahoo (before the Microsoft deal came together) fell apart in the face of the U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust objections.

Since then, Yahoo’s market share has slipped substantially, but Google remains the king of the pile. Google would be taking a huge risk if it actively pursued Yahoo, reopening that can of worms … but at this point, nothing in this soap opera would qualify as a surprise.

  • guest

    Stay or go, the partnership has been an abject failure. Ongoing (and seemingly unresolvable by MS) RPS issues aside, this was meant to be primarily about growing share. Yet Google has actually gained share since the MS/Yahoo partnership began. And Google is weeks away from being next to surpass MS on market cap as a result.

    Yahoo opting out would probably be a good thing for MS. It would force MS to admit this entire decade-plus search exercise, which has lost in excess of $8 billion directly and double that if you add on incidentals like aQuantive, has been a massive failure. With the PC market being disrupted and destroyed, MS is no longer in a position to subsidize that kind of stupidity. It never really was. But before it could just let its stock take the hit, and did.

  • Guest

    We’d prefer to see Microsoft continue to grow Bing on its own without being saddled with the obligation to share revenue with Yahoo!

    With Xbox 360, Windows Phone, Kindle Fire HD, and thousands of other new device classes (including PCs, of which 500 million will be sold this year) able to search with Bing out of the box, Microsoft will see her fortunes rise. We like this strategy.

    • guest

      Then prepare for disappointment. Because MS’s inept management considers it essential. Which is why they’ll probably end up sweetening an already saccharine deal further.

      Oh, and you might want to update your PC expectations for 2012. The latest forecasts now call for just 350M PCs this year. That would make only the second time in twenty years that PC growth has been negative. So much for MS’s contention that we’re in the PC-Plus era and not the Post-PC one.

      “Microsoft will see her fortunes rise”
      Uh-huh. The market appears to disagree with you. And they were predicting the failure of Ballmer’s strategies years before they became apparent.

      • Guest

        I apologise. Only 350,000,000 new Microsoft-equipped PCs will be sold this year, on top of the millions of smartphones, game consoles, and tablets that connect consumers and enterprises to the Microsoft ecosystem.

        Sorry for the error.

        • guest

          Again, no. 350M PCs total. Only a portion of those will ship with valid Windows licenses, particularly when the #1 PC market is now China where piracy is rampant. Actually hundreds of millions of phones and tablets will ship this year. Just not many with a MS OS on them.

  • Guest

    You know how they did the Mac/PC ads with personification of each?

    At this point, I think if they told the story of Google, Yahoo and Microsoft it would need to be done as a love triangle story in one of those really melodramatic Spanish-language telenovellas.

  • guest

    I used to like reading Sullivan. But lately he appears to be doing nothing more than carrying Google’s water for them.

  • PeterCaoBlue

    Google’s Eric Schmidt and Sebasitan Thrun had lost their credibility when they got invovled into fascism crimes which had endangered human lives
    ——————————————————
    There is actually a war between fascism and anti-fascism, at this stage, fascism still prevails in our lives, Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler are just front figures we could see in this fascism circle, there is a whole pack of fascists behind them
    Eric, as we can see, starting from Gabriele Scheler’s atrocity case on Stanford campus back in 2004, many people, including Gabriele Scheler, Sebastian Thrun, you Eric Schmidt, and also your collegue in China Kaifu Lee, had made contributions to such fascism crimes which had cost human life of Stanford student May Zhou and crimes which had retaliated on victims and almost cost life of the victim as I am
    … … and someone who had provided legal coverage for your fascism crimes, including a powerful officer from Santa Clara DA Office, namely ZZZ (and after ZZZ, another officer YYY), and the officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case and who had further collateralled with your side(suspect Eric Schmidt, Sebastian Thrun and Gabriele Scheler’s side) to conspire and curse victims( Stanford, May Zhou, me) in every possible way since 2006 till today; and maybe include the officer RRR who insist on May Zhou’s death as a suicide or accident, even though I had clearly pointed out who’s involved in May Zhou’s murder case …
    … … and someone who could provide political support for your fascism crimes, including top politician from the country of Germany whom we all know — Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, and maybe include a retired top politician from UK as well, etc. and more and more to find out later …
    ———————————————————————————–
    I believe, though some names missed out, all names mentioned in the above comment are part of this fascism circle

    • PeterCaoBlue

      Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, top of the list here had provided political support for a series of fascism crimes which related to a cold-blooded killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou (a girl of U.S. citizen, Taiwan origin, MIT alumnus and Stanford Ph.D. candicate) as well as an unsuccssful plotted murder on me, all started from an on campus atrocity case in Stanford University [Stanford Police Case Number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal Suspect: Gabriele Scheler], in which an extremely irrational Germany lady named Gabriele Scheler had bitterly assaulted me. Chancellor Merkel might as well back up a coup in Stanford after she visited Stanford in 2010, though it was cracked down by California Judicial Authorities in time. It is an interesting question of how much Chancellor Angela Merkel had invovled into such series of facsism crimes on land of America. I bet with the intervention of Germany power into these cases, such series of fascism crimes would never be clarified and such fascism crimes on land of America would never be concurred by U.S. Authorities. A very serious offending to the dignity and sovereignty of people of the United States as well as to the whole world of humanity

      • PeterCaoBlue

        Sebastian Thrun, a Germany Scholar who had got Chancellor Angela Merkel’s visit when she visited Stanford in 2010, had partialy left Stanford Computer Science department because he is in debt to Stanford people with his involvment into Stanford student May Zhou’s death, he is not innocent in an unsuccessful plotted murder on me either and I have been cursed by powers from Sebastian Thrun’s side
        for many years. Sebastian Thrun dare not deny to the public his involvment into such fascism crimes till today and I am still waiting to see why he dare not

      • PeterCaoBlue

        Also, other than Angela Merkel of Germany
        Chancellor, it seems there exist a power center of anti-authority in Stanford
        Computer Science department in this fascism circle to support unruly behaviors
        of Sebastian Thrun’s side

        Someone (e.g. Sebastian Thrun, Thrun’s boss in
        Stanford Computer Science Professor Emeritus Ed Feigenbaum, and a big donor CCC
        and more, etc.) from inside of this department had made Stanford Computer
        Science department play a big role in such series of fascism crimes which is
        highlighted by the killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou as well as
        an unsuccessful plotted murder on me.

        But would anyone from Stanford Computer Science
        department be willing to live under its shadow of such fascism crimes? or would
        anyone from this department give moral or spiritual support to such fascists
        who’s misbehavior had caused cold-blooded killing of an innocent student from
        their own school of Stanford? Can anyone take place of these fascists to
        clarify their legal responsibilities and face legal consequences of their
        fascism crimes? Can anyone in this department answer the question: what’s the
        motivation behind May Zhou’s death?

        For sake of their own fame, Stanford Computer
        Science department has the responsibility to go after those fascists to make
        them pay for their crimes

    • PeterCaoBlue

      Google’s Eric Schmidt had lost his title of CEO and Sebastian Thrun partially left Stanford in 2011 because of his involvment into a series of fascism crimes which related to the killing of an innocent Stanford student May Zhou as well as an unsuccessful plot on my life.

      Powers from this fascism circle had since then tried to reinstall Eric Schmidt’s control power over Google, and they had set up several coups in the past but without success.

      My observation is that they are plotting another round of coup recently: if they could not reinstall Eric Schmidt’s control power in Google, the best bet for this fascism circle to get tighter control of Google is to alienate the two Google founders, and install the one who would choose to take this fascism circle’s side while eliminating control power of the other one over Google. And by getting tighter control of Google, this fascism circle would get a power resource to further cover up their involvment into fascism crimes in the past, which is highlighted by the killing of this innocent Stanford student May Zhou and an unsuccessful plotted murder on me as well, and apply retaliations on victims easier.

      So did those from this fascism circle find that Sergey Brin would be the one, between the two founders, who tends to take side with this fascism circle and who tends to compromise with with powers on Angela Merkel, Sebastian Thrun, Eric Schmidt and Gabriele Scheler’s side? Would Sergey Brin fall in the trap of this fascism circle, like Eric Schmidt did to himself? Or would anyone count on powers on side of Angela Merke, or even lend hand to Angela Merkel’s side, to plot a coup to Google recently, like what they did to Stanford in 2010, though the 2010 Stanford coup was cracked down by California Judicial Authorities in time. Is such a plot from this fascism circle over Google close to make it at this moment? That’s interesting to learn.

      My advise to powers in this fascism circle: stop playing tricks or you will always loose; face the facts, clarify the case, and assume legal and moral responsibilities

    • PeterCaoBlue

      Obviously, certain malicious officers (e.g. ZZZ, YYY, VVV, RRR) do
      exist and I believe they had abused their judicial power to further victimize
      victims in reward to those fascism criminals. Something fishy is going behind.

      I also believe that, by law, I have the right to request to see the testimony
      and evidence they used against me along with their real identity, to clarify
      the case with confrontation, and that’s what I am requesting.

      How much credibility would an officer have, if he/she underhandedly made up cases to curse you while hiding their evidence/testimony and their real identities from your eyes?

      Also, I’d tell whichever officer, especially officer VVV who’s in charge of Gabriele Scheler’s case, who put me on the “wanted list” that I want you, too. Bring them on directly to me. Let’s clarify the whole case with confrontation

  • PeterCaoBlue

    Q&A of flaws in the handling of Stanford
    student May Zhou’s death by certain police officers, which
    served a big role in a series of fascism crimes, presented
    by a Schmidt and Thrun’s side at [i.doubt.it/tag/sebastian-thrun/]

    =====================

    “Dr. Kelly Arthur of the Sonoma County
    coroner’s office, is reported to have reviewed it and said she stood by her
    original finding that there were not any signs of trauma.” — that still
    would not gurantee a suicide conclusion, wouldn’t it? where/when/how did those
    trauma come into being, then? Can Dr. Kelly Arthur explain? or would it be
    wiser for the officer who drew conclusion of suicide to make sure
    where/when/how did those trauma come into being before drawing conclusion of
    suicide?

    ——————-

    “Except Peter Cao, who asserts that Mengyao Zhou
    was murdered by or with the

    help of Schmidt and Thrun, in order to intimidate him personally.” — Schmidt
    did threatened my life for sake of Thrun during their fight with Stanford
    people. I said they killed May Zhou to intimidate me and to terrorize Stanford
    people; you omitted the serious part. My statement is far more reasonable than
    police can give, don’t you agree?

    ——————–

    “…
    and an email that Zhou sent to her 16-year-old sister as “consistent with a
    goodbye note.”

    — can we see such an email before we could believe it? How much good-bye is
    there in it? How to explain the fact that May Zhou had transferred money to pay
    off debt before her disappearance? digital messages could be unreliable, by the
    way;

    ———————

    But then you can’t expect someone killing
    themselves to make choices that appear rational to others. If it’s not
    tasteless to speculate, perhaps she felt ashamed and wanted to hide herself.”

    — Is that the way you describe death of an
    innocent girl as May Zhou is? Shame on you!

    — Would the officer in charge of May Zhou’s
    case agree? How to get connect with such an officer? I have serious stuff to
    report

    • PeterCaoBlue

      That
      “You doubt it” is too far away from you can deny it. The author of
      that blog Richard Chapman had no credibility in this case. the evidence he
      presented in that blog is outdated and the logic he presented in that suicide
      theory is cliche which I had pointed out has major flaw http://tysurl.com/HsEERS

      For
      more serious discussion, we need to have those I listed in this fascism circle
      tell us directly under their real names; e.g. have Eric Schmidt tell us why he
      lost title of CEO? and Sebastian Thrun why he partially left Stanford in 2011?
      and why would certain officers ZZZ/YYY/VVV hide Gabriele Scheler’s testimony
      and evidence along with their identities from my eyes while underhandedly made
      up cases to curse me? Who is the officer RRR who’s in charge of May Zhou’s case
      to report serious stuff? Did those in this fascism circle ever extort Stanford,
      Google or even U.S. authorities on Gabriele Scheler’s recanted testimony? or
      did ZZZ/YYY/VVV maliciously collateral with those criminal suspects to conspire
      me which had taken away my basic rights of living as a human being? etc. —
      remember these are real crimes which had endangered human lives, which should
      not remain unclarified and should not be compromised at all;

      It all started from an on campus atrocity case in Stanford University
      [Stanford Police Case Number: IR #04-111-0335;Victim: Peter Cao; Criminal
      Suspect: Gabriele Scheler] One photo would tell it all, there are seven photo
      evidence which documented how cruel this irrational lady was when she assaulted
      me on Stanford campus in 2004 —[http://tysurl.com/mssgYn]