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 17:44 UTC
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How would making a deal with MS reflect on their creditably? Will other software or hardware manufactures be able to advertise on the site? Will stories about other OS's be reported on or spun to benefit the sites new search provider? How much access and control is MS buying over the news with this? Will stories that put MS in a bad light not show up when searched for?
Fortunately their are plenty of competing news sties out their for us to choose from, so I think this is just posturing by Murdock to get some cash and MS thinks it is buying something exclusive and getting more publicity for Bung.

Can you get to complete WSJ stories from Bung like you do with Google? Nope, looks like they link most stories to MSNBC. If MSNBC decides to follow Murdoche, then I think we need to panic since the FCC may decide to step in.

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