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Yahoo Strikes Broad Search Deal With Viacom

In a multi-year, wide ranging deal Yahoo
will provide paid
search and contextual ads
to 33 Viacom-owned sites, including
and Comedy Central.
This is a nice win for Yahoo and an endorsement of Panama and related technology
and there’s no mention of Google anywhere, but it partly also has to be seen as
more salt in Viacom’s wounded relationship with Google.

Postscript from Danny:

1) The release talks about this involving 33 "broadband" sites, which
suggests there are regular sites not covered in this.

2) The release makes talk about how "ads will be powered by Yahoo’s
newly launched
search marketing system, known by its project name "Panama"." That suggests
Yahoo might be doing a white-label deal similar to what Google just announced
with AOL for AOL
. However, I don’t think this is the case.

Instead, this seems to be Yahoo simply providing search ads coming out of its
search ad system, in the way it has long had partnerships getting search ads.
That the new Panama system is involved isn’t that big of a deal. It’s only being
used because it IS the Yahoo ad system.

The only reason to mention Panama, frankly, feels like a means of giving
investors some spin that Panama is making this possible. It’s not — as said,
Yahoo’s had deals like this before pre-Panama.

3) It’s unclear who was powering search ads for Viacom before. For example, I
can see that in search on Comedy Central like

, Yahoo sponsored ads are already showing. Maybe the deal was instantly
implemented. Or more likely, there was already some partnership in place.

I’m checking for more and will postscript when I know. See also related
coverage at Techmeme.

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