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 mabhatter on Tue 24th Nov 2009 04:24 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Buisness in the US"
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Also I'm wondering how much Microsoft is gonna have to pay these guys, their business model is dying because the ad market has changed, not because of google search or google news (google ad sense on the other hand...) the money Mircosoft hands out is either going to be a drop in the bucket compared to their losses from dropping ad revenue and subscribers, or Microsoft will end up bankrolling the entire news industry, not just for America but for Europe as well since they have been just as mad at 'google' for 'killing' their business.. That could create its own problems with Microsoft having an unreasonable amount of control over the news industry. I am way more worried about all of this than google's search monopoly, they just sell ads and have no financial interest in who tops the search results, with Bing there will be a lot of money changing hands.

Microsoft knows the writing is on the wall for selling OSes and Office software... it's not useful to update your OS and Office only every 5 years or so and Microsoft's business is built on a three year turn. If they can't lock customers into subscribing to software, they'll go the "XBox Live" route and have you subscribe to USE your computer at all... they'll get this by tying up as much content so you HAVE to subscribe.

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