Well that was fast. The cat’s out of the bag on one thing that’s been happening recently.
Microsoft Research’s top minds are talking with Yahoo’s top minds about working together on search technologies. In something of a "the enemy of my enemy is my friend" scenario, it can be obvious how a partnership on this level with the #2 and #3 search engines in the world would be beneficial to everyone. This is truly a remarkable joining of the minds considering the historic rivalry between Yahoo and MSN and the differences in each organization’s philosophies.
I think that this speaks volumes about what Google’s dominance would mean to not just Microsoft and Yahoo, but to the Internet as a whole. No one wants a single organization to own all that statistical information.