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Fist Pump! Microsoft Now Powers Yahoo Paid Search 100 Percent in U.S. and Canada

It’s not all executive musical chairs over there at Yahoo.

In fact, a lot of the real workers have been toiling away, and one new big result is that Microsoft’s adCenter is now officially powering 100 percent of paid search on the Silicon Valley Internet giant’s owned-and-operated properties and its publisher network in the U.S. and Canada.

According to the companies, that means marketers can now use one account for their search advertising campaigns across both the Microsoft Bing service and Yahoo.

Yahoo and Microsoft–which are attempting to combine their share of the search marketplace to better compete with behemoth Google via a partnership–have already completed algorithmic search integration.

In the U.S., that’s 163 million searchers on Yahoo and Microsoft, as well as 15 million searchers in Canada.

Thus, the pair are as tight as ticks–kind of like the JWoww and Snooki of search!

Time for a fist pump, Yahoo CEO Carol Bartz and Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer!

“We’re very proud of this latest achievement with the search alliance which signifies a seminal step in Yahoo!’s search history,” said Chi-Chao Chang, Yahoo’s VP and GM for the global search business, in a statement. “Now that the back end work is done, Yahoo! will be able to focus on achieving the long-term goals of the alliance that will benefit consumers, advertisers and publishers alike.”

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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work