News Corp, Microsoft hold talks on Google: report

Nov 23, 2009
File photo shows a man walking past the logo of Microsoft at a trade fair in Hanover, Germany. Microsoft has held talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over a possible plan for the software giant to pay the media company to remove its news websites from Google, a report said Monday.

Microsoft has held talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over a possible plan for the software giant to pay the media company to remove its news websites from Google, a report said Monday.

The plan sets a scene for a battle between search engines for access to websites, and puts pressure on search juggernaut Google to start paying for content, the Financial Times said.

"This is all about Microsoft hurting Google's margin," an unnamed source was quoted as saying.

However the biggest beneficiary of the tussle could be the industry which has yet to construct a reliable online business model to replace declining circulation and print advertising revenues.

Murdoch has prompted a fierce debate among media watchers with his accusation that Google is "stealing" from his vast newspaper empire and his threat to block the search engine from accessing its content.

Murdoch has already announced plans to make readers pay to read his newspapers online. Google has said in response that news organisations were free to opt out of being indexed by the search engine.

Microsoft is attempting to chip away at Google's dominance in Web search with its new Internet Bing.

(c) 2009 AFP

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Foolish1
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 23, 2009
robots.txt:

User-agent: *
Disallow: /
k_m
not rated yet Nov 23, 2009
And if google re-writes it's bot to ignore the robots.txt file that is useless.
jgelt
1 / 5 (1) Nov 23, 2009
google bots id themselves so it's easy to script a 504 for them.
e.g.:
[66.249.67.15]
DNS=crawl-66-249-67-15.googlebot.com
robots.txt-2009:11:18:23:14:36=

[66.249.71.53]
DNS=crawl-66-249-71-53.googlebot.com
robots.txt-2009:10:01:21:28:36=
malapropism
5 / 5 (3) Nov 23, 2009
So you guys really think that substituting MS for G is going to be a good thing for the rest of us?
Sauvignon
not rated yet Nov 29, 2009
Bing market share for October 2009 - 3.49% as listed at http://marketshar...?qprid=4 . Newspapers are closing daily, as chronicled at http://www.newspa...tch.com/ . Both Microsoft and Murdoch are desperate to get their old business models back. I suspect withdrawing content from being indexed by Google will only hasten their demise. The PageRank algorithm that is the basis of Googles superior search results is patented and that patent only expires in 2017. Oh irony, Microsoft can't attack that patent without jeopardising the legal basis of their own patent pool. Dee-licious! :-D