Summary: As the new screenshots show, Ubuntu’s change of a search provider is now finalised
Google expands in search with yet another brand new acquisition, whereas Yahoo! “struggles to gain search respect,” according to CNET (also appearing in CNN). Yahoo! has only itself to blame after the hostile hijack that left the company’s search destiny in the hands of a convicted criminal with a long series of offences. Yahoo! is already giving up on parts of its portal and services while Bartz, Microsoft’s old friend from Autodesk, is letting Microsoft essentially buy out its search market (on the cheap). Bartz is not a failing CEO; she’s doing exactly what the invader must have wanted her to do. It’s a “zombie” company as SJVN called it and “Yahoo executives address ‘misconception’ about search,” says the news headline from Reuters.
Yahoo Inc executives defended the company’s commitment to Internet search on Wednesday, vowing to reverse the erosion of the company’s market share and to fix the “misconception” that the company has given up on the business it helped create.
So what is this “misconception”? Does Yahoo! deny its plan to outsource all search to Microsoft, starting with the United States? This is very relevant to us because Canonical has just prepared the start page for Ubuntu 10.04, which will be released in April. Canonical will redirect search queries of many Ubuntu users to Microsoft [1, 2, 3], but the page deceives by displaying the more innocent logo of Yahoo! █