Microsoft and Yahoo are close to a partnership.
Read : http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/488009c2-7bce-11de-9772-00144feabdc0.html.
There will of course be a torrent of blablabla about the advantages of a patrnership for market and customers.
In reality, "1984" is drawing closer by the day. And what can we do about it ? Not a thing !