Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 1st Feb 2011 22:44 UTC, submitted by LouisBarman
Google The web is already aflame with Google's accusation that Bing is stealing its search results. Google created code to manually rank certain bogus search terms, and ten created mock web pages as the top search results for these bogus terms. It turned out that Bing would list the exact same mock web pages as its top search result for these bogus terms. Google is unhappy with it, but in all honesty - since when is it wrong to copy in the computer business?
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by UltraZelda64 on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 05:05 UTC
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2006-12-05

"As a result of the apparent monitoring, Bing’s relevancy is potentially improving (or getting worse) on the back of Google’s own popularity."

Just thought I'd add that. It isn't "work" to write a simple script to organize/rank search results, and it's Google's popularity that makes it "work" the way it does. If Microsoft wants to use that, well, go ahead--I'm against companies taking users/customers data and making it some kind of trade secret to put everyone else at a disadvantage.

I might as well add that I'm no fan of Microsoft, and Google themselves have really been pissing me off lately. Google really got on my bad side when they admitted publicly that they would not hesitate to give any data collected from their users' search habits to government agencies, and further shat on their image when they recently decided to filter arbitrary words like "bittorrent" from their autocomplete results at the request of the "big media" companies.

I'm currently in the process of trying out Ixquick and DuckDuckGo, which at least least claims to care about its users privacy.

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RE: Correction:
by th3rmite on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 09:19 in reply to "Correction:"
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2006-01-08

Google really got on my bad side when they admitted publicly that they would not hesitate to give any data collected from their users' search habits to government agencies,


I feel the same way about retail shops. I can't stand the thought of committing a crime inside of Walmart and knowing that they would cooperate with the damn government in order to catch me. Don't they care about my privacy? Any company that helps the government catch criminals is just not cool in my book.

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by UltraZelda64 on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 20:27 in reply to "RE: Correction:"
UltraZelda64 Member since:
2006-12-05

What did Bing "steal" by using the data Google's servers have built up by monitoring their users? Does Google have to get Microsoft employees arrested to "get" their precious data back? No.

This is not theft; Bing didn't "take" anything from Google. Google still owns and maintains the servers, which continue to "learn" what people search for.

Comparing this to shoplifting is ridiculous.

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