Nielsen/NetRatings, an Internet research firm, said Monday Google handled 49.2 percent of the country’s total — about 2.8 billion searches — a slight drop from its 49.4 percent share in June.
Nielsen/NetRatings reported a slight gain in July for the No. 2 search provider, Yahoo Inc., which inched up to 23.8 percent from 23 percent last month.
Microsoft Corp.’s MSN and Time Warner Inc.’s AOL dropped less than a percent, while IAC/Interactive Corp.’s Ask.com edged up under one percent.
Update: Gabriel Madway has more at MarketWatch. Nielsen’s numbers indicate total US searchs were up by 35% from a year ago and while Google and Yahoo more or less kept pace with the growth, MSN Search was down 3% from last year.