Microsoft Paying Sites to De-list From Google?

A couple of weeks back News Corp's Rupert Murdoch said he was considering blocking Google from indexing his news sites as part of the company's plans to push a pay-for-content business model. Now a report in the Financial Times claims that Microsoft is willing to pay Murdoch to do just that.

The FT yesterday reported that Microsoft had entered discussions that would involve the News Corp being paid to “de-index” its news websites from Google. Microsoft is also said to have approached other publishers.

Neither Microsoft nor News Corp have commented on the report, which was published yesterday. But, if there's any grain of truth to the rumors and a deal like this comes to fruition, it will be a big advantage over Google for Bing and Microsoft.

If news publishers de-listed their content from Google but that same content was available on Bing, would you switch search engines? Let us know in the comments below!

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  • ltgrunt
    Not having to deal with News Corp.'s tastelessly one-sided smears and propaganda is a significantly good reason to never ever leave Google.
  • Anonymous
    Microsoft and Intel have got to be a couple of the most corrupt companies out there.

    Whatever happened to anti-competitive laws?
  • lvlouro
    Question nº1 how can this be legal in any way???
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  • Anonymous
    Microsoft and Intel have got to be a couple of the most corrupt companies out there.

    Whatever happened to anti-competitive laws?
  • maydaynomore
    Already switched. Loving Bing. Used Google for about 10yrs. (still using Gmail) Google is great, but, for me, Bing is more user friendly.
  • lvlouro
    Question nº1 how can this be legal in any way???