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Is Facebook discussing a search partnership with Yahoo?


Facebook Denies That It’s In Talks For A New Search Partnership With Yahoo (Or Anyone Else). After lots of speculation and argument yesterday about whether Facebook is discussing a search partnership with Yahoo , Facebook just sent me a brief statement denying that such talks are actually taking place.

Here’s the full statement:

People expect a better search experience on Facebook. We are working on improvements to better meet those expectations but are not in talks to enter into a new search partnership.

That doesn’t mean that Yahoo and Facebook executives aren’t talking, or that we won’t see further integration between the two companies, but the statement does seem to rule out the big partnership that the Telegraph was talking about . (You know, the one that could “reorder the hierarchy of the world’s biggest technology companies.”) Perhaps those “Yahoo insiders” allowed themselves to get a little too excited.

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 1 billion monthly active users. Facebook was founded by Mark Zuckerberg in February 2004, initially as an exclusive network for Harvard students. It was a huge hit: in 2 weeks, half of the schools in the Boston area began demanding a Facebook network. Zuckerberg immediately recruited his friends Dustin Moskovitz, Chris Hughes, and Eduardo Saverin to help build Facebook, and within four months, Facebook added 30 more college networks.

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