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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RE[2]: Comment by durango99
by Kroc on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 10:01 UTC in reply to "RE: Comment by durango99"
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No, it's more like running a business that tells people where the cheapest gas is, and instead of going out and finding the cheapest gas, you just follow your competitor around.

It works, but you are wholly dependent on your competitor to serve your own customers. That is no good position to be in, esp. for Bing.

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RE[3]: Comment by durango99
by vaette on Wed 2nd Feb 2011 11:34 in reply to "RE[2]: Comment by durango99"
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On the other hand using click data as a data source for the search engine results only makes sense. Everything I have heard about this suggests that click data (with referrer and relevant form contents) from IE and the Bing Bar is exactly how this is done). The distinction is fine, but the way that works Microsoft would have to explicitly exclude click data results from to avoid this problem, rather than it being a question of them explicitly mining precisely Google.

Also I find it a bit sensationalist to suggest that this is a huge problem for Bing, it is not like they base their results entirely off Google. It could be construed as bad business practice, but really, using the toolbar to mine data on the form "when a user searches for x he/she is likely to accept the url y as an answer" is not exactly stealing Googles data or algorithms, it is really mining what users are doing.

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