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Verizon-Google Mobile Search Deal Nearly Done

Today, the iPhone

Google will become the default search provider on Verizon's mobile devices if a deal being discussed–and about to be concluded–between the two comes to fruition, writes the Wall Street Journal.

Though telecom firms have been loath to give away any of their mobile-search advertising pie, they seem to have concluded that they need help in cooking up a product that consumers will regularly sample.

Among the sticking points that have left the deal on the shelf for the past year have been the revenue-sharing portions, writes CNET; also being discussed still is whether Google will be able to save users' search info.

Google has a deal with AT&T to power search iPhone apps, Search Engine Land points out, but the telecom firm apparently has plans to use Google rival Yahoo for Web search on other devices.

Yahoo yesterday announced a "Yahoo! oneSearch shortcut for Nokia devices."


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