News Corp, Microsoft hold talks on Google: report

Microsoft has held talks with Rupert Murdoch's News Corp over removing its news websites from Google, a report said
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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