CNET — Google’s Varian: Search scale is ‘bogus’

Google’s Hal Varian would likely have raised an eyebrow at a term paper submitted by Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer on the search market.

Varian, currently on leave from the University of California at Berkeley to serve as Google’s chief economist, thinks a lot of the arguments advanced by Microsoft in justifying its 10-year deal for Yahoo search are, in a word, “bogus.” Microsoft has said that it needs “scale” to compete in the search market against Google, saying that larger amounts of traffic and data allow it to improve the quality of its search experience.

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