There are some reports that Josh Schachter, the founder of delicious will be leaving Yahoo too. I have to say that I am a big fan of delicious and its ability to tag links, which the browsers are only just catching up with. For me this makes it much easier to find things that I bookmark because I think I might have a use for them in the future.
Personally however I feel that the big problem is that delicious has a huge userbase, and outgoings to match, and very little ways to bring money in. When I look at how I use it, I very rarely go to their website even, using buttons in my browser to tag links and access my links. Even when I do go to their site, there is no ads, no premium services, nothing that can bring in money.
When I look at the info in my delicious bookmarks though, you can find out a lot about me and my interests. Surely if delicious had been bought by Google they would have taken advantage of that by at least serving ads that are likely to match my interests when I visit my home page, or specific ads when I click on a tag.
As a user of delicious I have to say that I really wouldn’t mind them making a bit of money, as lets face it, if I want to keep these links into the future, they need to be at least recovering their costs.