Microsoft Offers to Pay News Corp to "De-List" From Google

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MeTo

Can you say monopoly? If it was done for free it would be in the clear since there is money involved it could get real interesting in court.

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immersive

I tell you what. If this becomes a trend I will never use bing again. I don't know why but hearing this just pisses me off. Not the fact about it being news corp I could care less but the fact that MS is throwing cash around to hurt someone else. I don't like trends like that.

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Tekzel

Its called "doing business". They aren't doing it maliciously, dispite Ballmer's image as the devil, they are doing it to grow their search engine property. Something that is "good and right" for a business that has shareholders to answer to. NewsCorp has a product, their news, and Microsoft is buying an exclusive access license to it. Whats wrong in that?

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LVmonkey

if you can't see the forest for the trees... go back to enron

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Tekzel

Be careful with that word "morality".  It is a many headed hydra.

Maybe you are hallucinating a forest where there isn't one. Metaphors are such fun devices.

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highsidednb

I was really excited about BING when it first came online.  It was nice to have another alternative to Google.  Google sucks. Let's be honest.  It's an advertising machine, not a search engine.  But, I abhor Rubert Murdoch and everything he's created.  If there's an alliance between Murdoch and Bing I'll stop using Bing.  I can't stand Fox News and all the other horrible conservative propaganda machines Murdoch has created.

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Mighty BOB!

This can only hurt News Corp.  If people can't get their content from Google, well, most of them will probably not go out of their way to find it.  They'll just switch to other sources and News Corp will make even less money on either adspace, or from whatever percentage of people who viewed their content for free decided to pay for something later (like a physical copy of their publication from a store shelf).

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mono

This means News Corp publications will effectively disappear from the Internet for a lot of people, and other sources will rise to the top.  Google is bigger than News Corp, including WSJ.

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PC_destroyer

Sounds like something the FTC is gonna have some fun pretty soon.

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Neufeldt2002

On today's web kids look at things they can get for free. I also look to see what I can get for free. Murdoch and his cronies are a dying breed. They need to disappear so better models come into place. I pesonally hope that bing pays billions to watch it flop. Everyone I know uses google exclusively, asked about bing, they just laugh.

 

I wanted a signature, but all I got was this ________

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Tekzel

Bing isn't a bad search engine in my opinion. Its just that I have been using Google for years and Bing doesn't do anything so much more awesomely that I feel the need to switch. I do like the way they do their image search though, and will often flip over there to do that. Other than that, I pretty much exclusively use Google too.

 

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Craig-g

I don't want a situation where I have to routinely run a web search through multiple search engines to make sure I include their exclusive content in my results.

If this story is true I may have to avoid Bing on principle :)

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TheZomb

Then a new search site consolidators will arise allowing you to search across multiple search engines. the search engines will then get payed by the consolidators to delist from other consolidators which give rise to consolidating the consolidators. Its a vicsious cycle and everyone loses :(

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