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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by uteck on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 16:17 UTC
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Last year was it that Murdoch made the Wall Street Jouranl a pay site again? You can read the first paragraph for free, but need an account to read the rest. Unless you followed an link from Google, then you get the whole story for free. I decided to test this for myself to see if it was true, and is seems to be.
From Google News I got this story;

From I got this;

Both links look the same, but from Google I got the whole story and only a paragraph from It's their own site and they made this loop hole on purpose and they leave it there while Murdoche is spouting all this nonsense.
I used the same browser, so even if it was a cookie or something from Google, then I should have still got the second story for free, but is allowing the story for free if you are referred by Goggle.

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