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[3]: Buisness in the US
by linumax on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 16:40 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Buisness in the US"
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> If this deal of goes through I won't be using Bing.

Hyperbole, especially when stories like this concern Microsoft. I suppose you have already stopped using Google, have you? Because NYT, a vast amount of financial information, premium content etc. are already accessible through Google, while not freely or openly available. Ever noticed how Google news takes you to AP stories but you cannot access the same content through other search engines?

> That could create its own problems with Microsoft having an unreasonable amount of control over the news industry.

Microsoft (or any entity for that matter) is not powerful enough to hold any significant control over news media on the Internet, which is designed to evade control. They could be just a minor inconvenience to Google and nothing more.

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