News by Michael Oryl on Friday November 07, 2008.
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The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Microsoft is trying to steal Google's search deal with Verizon Wireless right out from under its nose. Back in August we heard reports that the search giant and Verizon were close to a deal that would see Google's search engine being integrated into Verizon phones, resulting in ad revenue that would be split between the two companies.
It appears that Microsoft is trying to hit Google where it hurts just as Google has lost Department of Justice antitrust approval for a search advertising deal it had inked with Yahoo!, a company that Microsoft attempted to buy earlier this year.
According to the anonymous sources quoted by WSJ, Microsoft is offering Verizon a sweeter deal with higher guaranteed payments than Google and that Verizon is leaning towards working with Microsoft.