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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microsoft and google
by Andre on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 15:34 UTC
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if google de-indexes them,
it will mean less trafic for them
from google. microsoft hoping people
will use their search engine to find
the sites they used to find with google.

People might find other sites then,
less for the de-indexed sites and
microsoft if that happend.

I have tried microsofts bing sometimes
but I could not find what I was looking for.
I suppose they better improve their
search engine in stead of making this
kind of deals.

but i wonder, is this legal?

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RE: microsoft and google
by tomcat on Tue 24th Nov 2009 00:45 in reply to "microsoft and google"
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but i wonder, is this legal?

Yeah, it is. Provided that NewsCorp doesn't hold a monopoly on news content -- and if Microsoft doesn't have a monopoly on search engines. Which neither has.

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RE: microsoft and google
by japh on Tue 24th Nov 2009 07:27 in reply to "microsoft and google"
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I agree with what you said, but your formatting makes me want to read your comment like a poem. ;)

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