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09/12/2008 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

User-Friendly Experience Less Profitable? Google's Loss Is Yahoo's Gain...

Finally, some good news for Yahoo. Major tech advertisers are shifting a bit of the money they spend on Google (GOOG) to Yahoo (YHOO), according to a new report by marketing firm Covario.

Advertisers from 12 tech companies, including Research In Motion (RIMM), Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Intel (INTC), and Lenovo, collectively moved 4% of their U.S. search advertising budget from Google to Yahoo in the second quarter. Covario notes this is the first quarter that spending for Yahoo's paid search increased in two years.

However, the incremental shift should give little reason for Google to worry. These tech advertisers, whose online ad spending is tracked by Covario, are still spending the bulk of their money on Google. The search king received 81.2% of the paid search spending from these advertisers for the second quarter compared with just 14.3% for Yahoo. Microsoft (MSFT) came in a distant third with 4.3%.

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