Daily DigVid Review: Microsoft Fiddles While Yahoo! Waits
In an exclusive interview, Google CEO Dr. Eric Schmidt tells CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo today at 4 pm ET that a merger of Microsoft and Yahoo! threatens to limit consumer choice, harkening back to the browser wars of a decade ago.
“If Microsoft goes ahead and the merger [with Yahoo!] ultimately is successful, it would be possible for Microsoft to integrate some of the properties and essentially eliminate consumer choice, particularly in electronic mail, instant messaging, the things where they have 80 or 90 percent market share. That’s a sweet spot for Microsoft in its ability to eliminate choice.
“We’ve primarily been concerned about the possibility of a Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo! because of Microsoft’s history and because of the assets that Yahoo! has are quite valuable. And we actually think that in the wrong hands, they could be used in the wrong way.”
On that same note, the Wall Street Journal reports a Microsoft decision on the matter is imminent.
The Internet Advertising Bureau released its digital video ad format guidelines and best practices on the eve of its leadership forum on digital video on May 5. The forum is intended to offer suggestions on how best to leverage the power of digital video. CBS Interactive President Quincy Smith will keynote. IAB’s next leadership forum is on UGC and social media on June 2.
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