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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The end of robots.txt
by dgun on Mon 23rd Nov 2009 15:41 UTC
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Murdoch doesn't block Google because what he wants is the search engines to pay him to index News corp's crap.

The sites who would leave Google's index would lose ad revenue, so whatever MS was willing to pay would have to be substantially greater than what would be lost.

If this does go forward with enough people leaving Google's index, it just means the eventual end to respecting the robots.txt file, followed by law suits (over fair use, etc).

I believe that MS and News Corp both have met their match in Google. Google wins this one easily.

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