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 Nycran on Tue 24th Nov 2009 15:10 UTC
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I spend only a small fraction of my blog reading time on traditional news websites. I'm a gadget and tech lover, so I'm always on sites like this, Engadget, /. and so on. So to me, the *value* of a traditional news site is actually not terribly significant, and I suspect I'm not the only one who thinks this way.

However, clearly society needs some level of reporting. We need to know about events of significance (both globally and nationally) so we can react to them.

So what do you do when you have an important service that no one really wants to pay for? Sounds to me like news should become a tax-payer funded activity, and not a privately run business. i.e, the government employs journalists who publish articles online.

Problem solved.

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