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[3]: Rubbish!
by tomcat on Tue 24th Nov 2009 18:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Rubbish!"
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Steam engine manufacturers are out of business too, so what? Nothing is going to change. As I said, there are lots and lots of news providers that will never remove public access from their news (which most of time is reprinting content from AP etc. anyways) People will just don't give a damn where their news comes from. The BBC for example is fine for nearly everybody. And besides no search engine will pay for stuff they now get for free and that could destroy their business model. Not even MS. Try to read and understand my comments .. Over and out.

You guys just don't get it. AP, NewsCorp, and other sources of premium news content are the primary providers of this content. When they go out of business, anybody that feeds on them will also lose the ability to "repost their content.

People do care where their news comes from. Successful branding (eg. FoxNews) proves it. People from the US aren't going to go to the BBC to get news about the US. Get real.

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