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Google is still the dominant player when it comes to Internet search queries, but Microsoft’s Bing continues to gain share in part through its alliance with troubled Yahoo.

That’s the latest finding from Experian Hitwise, which released a report today showing that Bing-powered searches (including those counted through the partnership with Yahoo) gained three percent during August. The combined Yahoo-Microsoft offering now accounts for 29 percent of searches in the U.S.

That compares to 65 percent share for Google, which saw its lead slip by one percent when compared to July.

Interestingly, ousted Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz said earlier today that the Microsoft-Yahoo partnership will pay off.

Here’s a look at the chart from Experian Hitwise.


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