Just days after buying AltaVista, Overture is buying FAST, which gives them AllTheWeb.

So here we are… Yahoo! owns Inktomi, AskJeeves owns Teoma and Overture owns AltaVista and FAST. This is good because Google needs competitors; Google is increasingly bad at finding what I need and Google is becoming far too powerful. Or is everyone just doing a land grab before Google’s inevitable IPO when they could generate enough cash to buy all the other search engines?

Along these lines, I wish Apple would add other search engines to the Google bar in Safari.