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Apple is thinking of making Bing the iPhone's default search engine???

submitted on January 28, 2010 by HouTex in "Products / Gadgets"
Several reports provide food for thought and discussion -
http://www.pcworld.com/article.....ngine.html
http://nz.news.yahoo.com/a/-/t.....ne-report/

BusinessWeek magazine reported that Apple is in talks with Microsoft to make Bing the default search engine on the iPhone instead of Google. Apparently the talks have been under way for weeks and reflect the growing rivalry between Apple and Google, which is currently the default search engine on the iPhone.

Google is the overwhelming Web search leader with a 65.7 percent share of the US search market in December compared with just 10.7 percent for Bing, according to tracking firm comScore. But the majority of search traffic still comes from desktop and laptop computers, and Google is moving aggressively into the mobile space with an ever-expanding list of devices running the company's Android platform.

Some believe that Apple has an ongoing project looking at building its own search engine. Is it possible that Apple may be using Microsoft to slow down Google, while developing its own Google-killer?
     

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  • 50846
    YanBz
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    Posted by YanBz on January 28, 2010
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    Have any of you guys been using Bing for search? To me the question is whether Apple is doing disservice to its customers by switching to Bing
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on January 28, 2010
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      no i don't use bing. I find google to be more user friendly and you can find what you want with ease and more efficiently. imo.
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    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 28, 2010
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      I think Apple customers would be very upset if they really do switch. I wonder if just the news that they are discussing it will generate a lot of complaints.
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    equipurple
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    Posted by equipurple on January 29, 2010
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    I try to remember to use bing occasionally, for variety and curiosity. But since I try to use GoodSearch (charity branded yahoo) for easy searches (and too often have to re-search in google), my competitive analysis of bing falls short.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on January 29, 2010
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      I never heard of goodsearch.

      Question:

      How many search engines are there on the web and can we can a breakdown on the best and the worst of them all? Anyone know?
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    • MrCheap
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      Posted by MrCheap on January 29, 2010
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      GoodSearch donates a small amount to a charity with every search you make. Inside it is Yahoo and search results are the same
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on January 29, 2010
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      GoodSearch is a yahoo search engine. But instead of sending all the ad money to yahoo, the ad money goes to your favorite charity. Go to goodsearch.com and type in the SECOND box the name of a local or national charity you wish to support. and verify it. From then on, each search you do from Goodsearch pays that charity about a penny.

      Goodsearch also affiliates with hundreds of vendors, so a portion of your purchase affiliate payments are paid to your charity. (Same way Mike and Yan make their coin on purchases sourced through Buxr affiliated codes).

      At my 300-family synagogue (with a good part of the congregation being older and less computer literate), we get a check each year for a couple hundred dollars from Goodsearch.
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    • midget
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      Posted by midget on January 29, 2010
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      sorry for my typos above. I meant to say:

      How many search engines are there on the web and can we get a breakdown on the best and the worst of them all? Anyone know?
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on January 29, 2010
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      As for engines, there are many.
      Ones to care about?
      Google
      Yahoo
      Ask
      Bing

      maybe to care about
      Cuil
      Dogpile
      GigaBlast

      Just do a search for "search engine" in your favorite search engine.
    • 50934
    • HouTex
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      Posted by HouTex on January 29, 2010
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      There are all sorts of search engines for various purposes, but only a handful of general search engines that are widely used. The biggest general search engines include:
      1.Google (www.google.com/), 65.7%
      2. Yahoo (www.yahoo.com/), 17.5%
      3. Microsoft (www.bing.com), 10.7% and
      4. Ask (www.ask.com) 3.7%.
      So that leaves only 2.4% for all the others counted together!

      While Google and Yahoo process search terms similarly, Ask allows you to enter your search in the form of a natural question, such “How do I make a resume?” You might find it interesting to know that both Yahoo and Ask also provide kid-oriented search engines at kids.yahoo.com and www.askkids.com .

      In meta-search engines like Dogpile (www.dogpile.com/), Mamma (www.mamma.com/), Clusty (clusty.com), or Copernic (find.copernic.com/), the keywords you submit in the search box are transmitted simultaneously to several individual search engines and their databases of web pages. Within a few seconds, you're presented the results from all the search engines queried. Meta-search engines don't have their own database of Web pages, they search the indexes maintained by other search engine companies. Most send their queries to smaller, free search engines and directories, but Dogpile uses Google, Yahoo, Ask.com, and Bing. Many search engines blend into the results any sites that have purchased ranking and inclusion, so that why you’ll see “sponsored” links below or beside the search results.

      There are lots of smaller reference engines, and even a pronunciation engine that provides both phonetic and audible assistance from 50 resources. If you're curious about them, you can look at the lists posted at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/L.....ch_engines or http://thesearchenginelist.com/. It's fun to try them out, and see how the results differ in each for the same query.
  • 50910
    midget
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    Posted by midget on January 29, 2010
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    ok, I'm aware of Yahoo, Google, Bing and Ask.

    Never heard of Maybe, Cuil Dogpile and Gigablast.

    Many, many years ago I used to use lycos. Don't know if they're still around (haven't checked).
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    • equipurple
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      Posted by equipurple on January 29, 2010
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      I think Lycos is now just a portal

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