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: Old school.
by tomcat on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:58 UTC in reply to "Old school."
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Like a lot of businesses run by old school CEO's, Murdock does not get the internet so he is trying frantically to mold the internet (through legilation, mergers, partnerships...) so that he can remain relevant in the same fashion he has in the past.

No, if that were actually true, Murdoch wouldn't even bother with the Internet. He clearly understands the competitive threats to this business, knows where the ad revenue is going (Google), and is responding in kind. How is that "old school"?

The problem is he has a lot of power to f*^# things up trying. I just hope (and I'm not confident) he dies before he can f*&^ it up too bad.

That's just pathetic.

He needs to retire (ya right!) and let someone else who is more familiar with 21st century technology and techniques take over.

Like who? Al Gore?

What scares me about MS is that when anything that dominant dies or starts to fail, they tend to go kicking and screaming and there is the possibility of leaving a huge "death" footprint in the process. KRR

Many people don't seem to be able to grasp/acknowledge that NewsCorp and other news-gathering organizations offer a TON of value in their content. Don't think so? Do you read news? Do you watch television? WTF do you think collects the news? Gnomes? Magic fairies? It's reporters on the ground. Somebody has to pay them, or you don't get news.

The traditional print revenue model is dying because it no longer makes sense to distribute physical newspapers anymore. Google and other dotcoms suckered people with their mantra that "content should be free", but that doesn't leave any room for NewsCorp to make any money.

What we have here is a situation where Google is riding on NewsCorp's back -- making tons of advertising revenue that previously went to newspapers -- and Google is stingy. They want to index NewsCorp's content, suck all possible advertising revenue, but not pay NewsCorp for what it's worth.

Does that really strike you as fair? Why should Google get a free pass on this? Why is NewsCorp the bad guy? They pay reporters to gather news. Do you really think they should operate as a charity for Google? No freaking way. That's lunacy, and the sooner that people understand what's happening, the better.

Edited 2009-11-24 00:59 UTC

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