Microsoft and Yahoo search deal is in the last stage and both the companies expect to close the deal in early of 2010.

“Microsoft and Yahoo! believe that this deal will create a sustainable and more compelling alternative in search that can provide consumers, advertisers and publishers real choice, better value, and more innovation.

“Yahoo! and Microsoft welcome the broad support the deal has received from key players in the advertising industry and remain hopeful that the closing of the transaction can occur in early 2010.” – source

Digg in 2009
Digg in 2009

MySQL post Oracle Acquisition

Post Oracle acquisition, MySQL usage is set to drop, as per a survey conducted by 451 group.

  • The use of MySQL is expected to decline from 82.1% of the 347 respondents today as 78.7% expect to be using it in 2011, declining to 72.3% 2014.
  • The proposed acquisition of MySQL by Oracle has a part to play in that decline. 15% of all open source users and 14.4% of current MySQL users responded that they would be less likely to use MySQL if it is acquired by Oracle.
  • PostgreSQL usage is also expected to grow, from 27.1% of all users today to 30.5% in 2011, remaining at the same level in 2014.
  • 6.3% of all open source users and 5.6% of MySQL users are more likely to use MySQL if it is acquired by Oracle. [via]

Read our earlier article: Oracle acquires Sun Microsystems – What happens to MySQL?

Apple Acquires Lala

Apple acquires Lala.com, streaming music delivered over the cloud [NYT]

Lala, unlike Apple’s iTunes, lets users play the music they own from the Web — or in tech industry parlance, from the cloud. If Apple introduces its own cloud-based streaming music service, it would let people skip having to download music they buy or synchronize their music collection between their computers and mobile devices.A person’s music library would always be available on the Web and accessible on a PC, smartphone or other Web-connected mobile device.

More News:

  • Digg Turns 5 – Check out 365, an awesome visual of top stories for 2009.
  • Google acquires AppJet, company behind real time document editor, Etherpad [details, via], to boost Wave product.

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