Dismisinformation (is that even a word!? :-) ) rambling
Autosuggest on Bing? Do you think I didn't try it in Bing before writing this? Which would you like, Firefox 3.5.3 under XP [with or without NoScript], Opera 10.52 under XP [no add-ons], or Firefox 3.5.3 under Ubuntu 10.04 [no plugins]? *NONE* of them do anything at all when I type "4500 jpy in eur". Mmm, maybe it only works with IE...?
I know quite well that Google is not alone with autosuggest. I use it frequently in Wikipedia. Try searching for "Firefly" in Wiki, you'll see why autosuggest is useful!
I rarely use Yahoo - back when I used to, its results were often polluted by the results of other search facilities, like dozens and dozens of automated "results" from the same site crapping up the search you're trying to do. You'll probably know what I mean if you used it circa 1996, I don't know if there's a term for it. It's probably much better *now*, but then, I mostly use Google *now*.
That said, I tried the "4500 jpy in eur" in Yahoo. I got the answer, I got "4,500.00 Japanese Yen = 40.88 Euros" but I HAD TO PRESS RETURN. (Bing didn't actually answer when I pressed Return, it asked if I really meant "4500 *joy* in eur"!).
The point I was making, however, was with Google it will actually provide the answer *IN* the autosuggest (they reckon 41.13; but they at least say they get the rates from Citibank, Yahoo doesn't specify its source).
Google maps vs Microsoft mapping. Just because a company "innovates" for as long, if not longer, than the other company does not mean the product is automatically better. If this were true, then Windows would surely be the best damned system around - yet oddly enough people are more and more using Linux for it is generally more reliable, more secure (how many web servers run Linux vs Windows?), and the update system makes all of Microsoft's efforts look rather pathetic. Perhaps Google's success is because the product really is "better"?
YouTube pushed by Google? I tried "cute kittens" in Google(.com) search and the results were YouTube, YouTube, and Metacafe. I looked at MetaCafe. Not a bad layout, but a bit Facebook heavy. No quality options though. Oh, I tried the same thing in Bing(.com), four of the eight results returned were YouTube. The others were MetaCafe/MySpace/MetaCafe/Dailymotion. I tried it in uk.yahoo.com and a highlighted box in the middle listed about twelve videos ALL OF WHICH were YouTube. So accusing Google of favourite its own service here is a little unfair.
Oh look, blatant advertising on MetaCafe... 50 Color business cards - $5.99 by a company that only ships to US/Canada spamming a guy in France with an IP address there. Jeez, Google's even better at advertising! [and I'd better quit using Opera and go back to Firefox where NoScript catches most of this stuff...]
You want me to list all the "little things" that make Google useful? Do we have time? :-) Perhaps, as Bing's autosuggest seems to work for you and you suggest innovation = quality, you just want to know what you're missing out on, outside of the wonderful world of Microsoft!
I will, however, point out a nice feature of Yahoo. Enter "68b54" and let it search. Then click on the search entry box, and a little thingy will appear saying "Explore concepts" listing related topics.
You suggest that companies relying upon Google for this income makes Google promoting its own services to clients. Firstly, if Google promotes its own map or video portal, this really only has relevance to a company running a map or video portal, and if a company was running a map or video portal and *relying* on Google for its income, then that's a pretty flawed business plan. If you mean for shopping results, you ought to read http://forums.theregister.co.uk/forum/1/2010/06/04/bing_cashback_dead/ and not that not only was Bing basically bribing people to use their service, but that Google has a much fairer way of listing products. And, for what it is worth, do you really think there would be no impact to a company, say Heinz beans, if a supermarket like Sainbury's did a big promotion on their own-brand beans?
You seem to want accurate figures... I went and discussed the cut'n'paste point with 5 ex-pats of the elderly age bracket (ages not known, assume 60+), and by email with 4 cow-orkers (ages mid-20s to late 40s). That is nine people. Six of them said copy should have copied, it's the expected action. Three of them wanted to know why I'd want to copy something I've recorded. One thinks there has been nothing worth watching since they introduced Channel 4 (which was with Countdown on 2nd November 1982 at quarter to six in the evening - I know, I watched it... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bDxlH5E5oC4 [notice, a YOUTUBE link, it's not on MetaCafe or DailyMotion... it is on YouTube] and OMFG loooook at Carol Vorderman! [in part 2]).