The Google/Yahoo Rivalry in 2005

The AP's Michael Liedtke offers a look at what 2005 might bring to the Google/Yahoo rivalry.

"We are compiling this collection of very cool technologies and taking our sweet time figuring out what to do with them," Google chief financial officer George Reyes said during an investment conference in early December.

The strategy has produced an exotic casserole that includes e-mail, shopping and news services, three-dimensional maps, digital photography, tools for creating Web logs, or blogs, and software for searching the information stored on computer hard drives.

Yahoo takes a more practical approach to technology, first identifying what people want and then building or buying a product designed to give visitors one less reason to leave its Web site — already the world's most popular online destination.