Google Sharing Ad Revenues With Android Handset Makers And Carriers?

Network carriers have for ever whined about their inability to cash in on the riches made by mobile phone hardware and software makers when in fact they are the ones spending billions in building the infrastructure.

It now appears that the carriers have been making some money after all. PaidContent is quoting several sources to have revealed that one of the primary reasons behind the success of the Android OS – which is now being sold to 60,000 new users everyday lies in the fact that Google is sharing its advertising revenues in part with the carriers and handset makers who support the Android OS on their handsets. Interestingly, the deal is supposed to be on the inclusion of Gmail, Search and maps which are not necessarily part of the Android package.

As you may have expected, all companies in question declined to comment.

[via PaidContent]

Yahoo Search Integration With Flickr Coming Soon

You may need to take this with a grain of salt, but Yahoo may be working on integrating its search results with links to other Yahoo properties like Flickr and Delicious.

An indication towards this was offered by a commenter claiming to be from Yahoo in response to another comment on TechCrunch that emphasized on the need for Yahoo to integrate its web properties.  Shreyas, the Yahoo engineer wrote

“Good point. I believe we (diff team) are working on it but will find out.”

While this may be disregarded for the simple fact that the comment is anonymous, it still makes for an interesting speculation which also makes great strategic sense for Yahoo. What do you think?