Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 27th Apr 2012 15:53 UTC
Internet & Networking "Over a year ago, Microsoft executives sent out feelers to Facebook to see if the company would be interested in acquiring Bing, though the overture was not officially sanctioned by Steven A. Ballmer, chief executive of Microsoft, one of these people said. Mr. Zuckerberg declined, saying Facebook had too much else to concentrate on. Dawn Beauparlant, a spokeswoman for Microsoft, declined to comment, as did Ashley Zandy, a spokeswoman for Facebook." Seems Facebook is smart.
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Strange
by CapEnt on Fri 27th Apr 2012 16:52 UTC
CapEnt
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2005-12-18

If the execs in charge of Bing wanted to get rid of it, why they did so much effort to merge with Yahoo in a not so distant past?

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RE: Strange
by kwan_e on Fri 27th Apr 2012 17:22 UTC in reply to "Strange"
kwan_e Member since:
2007-02-18

If the execs in charge of Bing wanted to get rid of it, why they did so much effort to merge with Yahoo in a not so distant past?


It's called salesmanship. You never EVER let on how desperately you want to get rid of something. Even if you would be willing to pay for others to buy it off you, you act as though it is so valuable you'd trade your grandchild's life for it.

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RE: Strange
by The123king on Fri 27th Apr 2012 20:20 UTC in reply to "Strange"
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2009-05-28

Simply put, Yahoo had at one point a significant market presence, and as such, people are more likely to relate to the Yahoo brand than the Bing brand. Microsoft knew this, hence the attempted buyout.

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Bing...
by Kivada on Fri 27th Apr 2012 21:00 UTC
Kivada
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2010-07-07

So bad not even it's creator wants it...

Kepp up the great work MS! Put it on the list with Zune, Bob, ME, Vista and Win8!

Edited 2012-04-27 21:01 UTC

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RE: Bing...
by The123king on Sat 28th Apr 2012 16:44 UTC in reply to "Bing..."
The123king Member since:
2009-05-28

You forgot KIN

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RE: Bing...
by zima on Fri 4th May 2012 23:55 UTC in reply to "Bing..."
zima Member since:
2005-07-06

Put it on the list with [...] Vista

You mean the OS which sees more usage than, say, OSX ( http://gs.statcounter.com/#os-ww-monthly-201104-201204 ) ...and, when service-packed, is basically just as good as Win7?

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by Valhalla on Sat 28th Apr 2012 23:23 UTC
Valhalla
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2006-01-24

When Facebook which bought Instapaper for $1 billion thinks Bing is a poor deal then you know Bing must be doing really awful.

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Whenever I use bing...
by phoehne on Sun 29th Apr 2012 04:42 UTC
phoehne
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2006-08-26

Hmm... that's strange. I can't seem to find ... Oh, somehow my search preference got switched pack. Damn you IT department!

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