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How the Microsoft/Yahoo deal would affect you

What we'd love and hate about Micro-hoo

Hate: A mobile monopoly

If the mobile offerings from Micro-hoo are too strong, they could strangle Google's Android mobile operating system at birth. And that would be a shame, since the open-source effort promises users a more customisable phone than they've ever had. Fortunately, Android has some significant backers of its own and a nascent developers' community (Mobile Handset Alliance). But given Microsoft's industry clout and its cutthroat competitive spirit and Yahoo's cozy relationship with carriers, Google's Android platform could be in for a big fight.

Love: Yahoo Maps get less lame

Live Maps seems to be one of the few Microsoft web apps that are actually good, and it may actually be better than Google Maps. (It certainly seems more up to date.) Meanwhile, Yahoo Maps suffers from a lame interface and more limited view options.

Love: YaHotmail

Neither Yahoo Mail nor Hotmail is all that compelling on its own, but if Hotmail's new interface were applied to Yahoo's mail service (which doesn't kill your account so quickly if you don't log in), it might actually be worth using.

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