The test will apply only to traffic from Yahoo.com in the U.S. and will not include Yahooâ€™s extended network of affiliate and premium publisher partners. The test is expected to last up to two weeks and will be limited to no more than 3% of Yahoo search queries.
In an announcement, the Web portal noted that â€śthe testing does not necessarily mean that Yahoo will join the AdSense for Search program or that any further commercial relationship with Google will result.â€ť
Meanwhile, according to The Wall St. Journal, Yahoo and Time Warnerâ€™s AOL are nearing a deal to combine their Internet operations as an alternative to Microsoftâ€™s proposed $44.6 billion takeover of Yahoo.
The Journal also reported Microsoft is in talk with News Corp. about mounting a joint bid for Yahoo. According to the report, â€śMicrosoft and News Corp. have yet to reach an agreement on joining forces, but one person apprised of the plan described the discussions as serious.â€ť