In a followup to the previous post on the Yahoo/MSN IM interconnection, the Business 2.0 blog has this article about possible equity interests by Yahoo, Google, or MSN. Forbes also has an an article today about this topic, though this short article is more about the implications for investors. Wired has an article that picks up on this theme as well, as does the Washington Post in this article.
How (if at all) does this tie in to the Instant Messaging interconnection? Do we see a consolidation happening in Internet search and portals? Is this domain subject to the same economics as infrastructure industries?