the NYT gets the coming search wars all wrong - open-source search is a much more potent threat to Google than MS. For all the usual reasons - but the most interesting one is that firms are actually learning to harness user innovation.
Google has been especially good at it (until recently). This, more than anything else is the real source of their advantage - not some kind of vague (and dubious) 'technological superiority'. So: can open-source search really exploit massive user innovation, to out-google Google? That's the real question - the MS textbook platform strategy days of bundle, co-opt and extract are, I suspect, long over now.