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[2]: Rubbish
by lemur2 on Tue 24th Nov 2009 01:40 UTC in reply to "RE: Rubbish"
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Of course it will hurt Google. It means Google has lower-quality indexed news content, relative to its competitors.

That depends entirely on what you might mean by "quality".

Many people would turn the definition around on you ... in their minds "quality" content might well be defined as "the easiest readable story able to be found on Google".

It means that many people will start using more than one search engine -- one for news and the other for anything else -- which will inevitably hurt Google.

This also depends. It may well actually mean that some sites which have severely overestimated their own importance in the public's mind could effectively disappear from public view, never to be heard from again.

Nope, the internet is full with copies of the same "news".

Precisely. Many people will just read whichever version of the story which is the first hit on Google.

Edited 2009-11-24 01:44 UTC

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