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Former Yahoo execs talk failure in search & some history of my own for key dates

ChiefAlchemist, for Yahoo to “do search” meant they were indeed a search company — and not just one in 1998 but right now in 2009. There are only a handful of companies with the technology to crawl the entire web and provide quality rankings in response to heavy user demand: Google, Yahoo, Microsoft, Ask in out of the US; Baidu in China (for China, and not global). To have that technology, Yahoo is a search company. Morever, they’ve heavily integrated search into many of their other products over the years. Trust me (or don’t, I guess), but I’ve been in briefings with Yahoo many times over the past few years. Recent history — and there was no suggestion they weren’t a search company. Yes, they do more than search. So does Google. So does Microsoft. So what? So what then prompts Bartz to say what she did. Answer is simple. She has investors wondering why Yahoo appears to be...

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