I don't often blog about acquisitions, but I have to throw my kudos at Microsoft today for acquiring Powerset. I started paying attention to Powerset back in November, 2006, and beta tested it for a little while a year later.
I haven't played with Powerset's natural language search engine since then, and I'm sure it's gotten better by now, but in any case, it's the one search engine that I've felt all along had the potential to be a Google killer. I think Microsoft's acquisition of Powerset is a much better deal than if they'd purchased Yahoo. And by "better deal", I mainly mean "for us", the users. If a joint collaboration between the money'd Microsoft and the Powerset engineers can get the algo right, it could seriously rock as a search engine. Kudos to Microsoft for at least recognizing the potential there. My fingers are crossed that the money they throw at it will do big, big things for it.
Good luck to both Microsoft and Powerset. This could be the beginning of something special.