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 Mon 23rd Nov 2009 17:17 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Buisness in the US"
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Hyperbole, especially when stories like this concern Microsoft. I suppose you have already stopped using Google, have you? Because NYT, a vast amount of financial information, premium content etc. are already accessible through Google, while not freely or openly available. Ever noticed how Google news takes you to AP stories but you cannot access the same content through other search engines?ust a minor inconvenience to Google and nothing more.

I agree that was unjustifiable hyperbole, mostly because I don't use bing now, so my vow to never use them if they do this is pretty hollow and childish. Regarding the AP issue, didn't google just buy access to the AP news feed like every other news organization in the country. I have no issue with paywalls even if I don't like them myself. If Murdock wants to put all his stuff behind a paywall fine, its a very good way to accurately value your content. The wsj has managed to do well, because they do produce valuable content. Its the segregation of content that is usually freely available that bothers me, it undermines the entire purpose of search engines, though I would say that most of my objections are from the possible reprocussions of the deal and not strictly the deal itself, I don't think the government should stop the deal or regulate it or anything. Its just that this deal holds no benefit to the consumer, and so as a consumer I don't like it. The possible influence Microsoft will hold over the news industry depends entirely on how much money is going to be changing hands. If you don't believe Murdock and therefore NewsCorp can be bought then we are operating under some pretty different world views. Obviously there is now way Mircosoft could have such influence over every news organization, there are just too many of them, but as Fox News shows, sometimes you only need one to manipulate the conversation.

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