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[4]: Buisness in the US
by Praxis on Tue 24th Nov 2009 19:27 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Buisness in the US"
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I don't think they have seriously proposed a paywall yet, the bing plan just puts it off the google search engine. So bloggers would still be able to direct link to their hearts content, and those who use RSS feeds or something similar wouldn't be effected at all.

If they do try a complete paywall, then they would need to make sure that everyone institutes a paywall, since if even one sizable news organization didn't, it all falls apart and the guy who didn't shut his website off gets all the traffic. Even if everyone does set up a paywall, they still have absolutely no defense against someone reading the article and posting a summary and analysis elsewhere. Not to mention the rampant use of copy/paste. Its the inherent difficulty in try to control the distribution of text, the most easily copyable medium available, through the internet, the most advanced content distribution network ever. And if the content isn't time sensitive, well I think the vast majority of people will wait a couple of hours until it shows up on the blogs or twitter or wherever. If a story isn't time sensitive, it doesn't have much direct value since it will be everywhere for free in a matter of time, whether its behind a paywall or not.

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