Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 14:58 UTC
In the News It is no secret that Microsoft is doing whatever it can to eat away at Google's immense market share of the search market, with Bing being its most ambitious effort yet. Well, it seems the battle just got a whole lot dirtier, as The Financial Times has uncovered news that Microsoft has approached several news content providers, offering them money if they "de-index" their sites from Google.
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RE: Buisness in the US
by linumax on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 15:38 UTC in reply to "Buisness in the US"
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The two are not mutually exclusive and I'm sure Microsoft will be able to afford both at the same time.

Hurting your competitor is every day business. Sometimes with commercials (Apple, Verizon, etc.) and sometimes through stealing customers or content providers by providing financial incentives.

I don't see anything out of ordinary here. Microsoft is buying exclusive content, no different from exclusive games on consoles.

Is it all to us, as in end-users' benefit? Well, that is debatable, but generally speaking the more heated the competition the better. I don't like a Google monopoly on search as much as I don't like a Microsoft monopoly on Operating Systems.

Edited 2009-11-23 15:41 UTC

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