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Bing caught copying search results from Google (Poll- which is your favorite?)

submitted on February 4, 2011 by shawndiaz in "Member's Lounge"
It looks like the Microsoft giant has been a bit sneaky in their search engine results. Leave it to the wonders of Google to retaliate by being even sneakier to prove it. Just goes to show who is the top dog in search results. Twisted
In a case of Internet espionage that makes the antics of double agent Cold War operatives seem like frivolous child play, Bing has been caught stealing search results from Google with its Bing toolbar and IE8's Suggested Sites feature.

Google first suspected foul play in May 2010. By October 2010, with Bing results beginning to look uncannily like Google's, it knew something had to be done about it -- and so, in true, nerdtastic style, Google set up a sting to prove that Microsoft was actually behind the wholesale mimicry of Google's search results.

Google injected "synthetic" results into its search engine -- fake queries and results that no real user or engine would ever generate. Then, on D-Day, December 17, about 20 Google engineers were asked to run the test queries with Internet Explorer 8, Bing Bar and Suggested Sites. By December 31, some of these fake results began appearing on Bing. See the examples after the break -- it's damning.

Full story and more links here:
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    Posted by sweety_riya777 on February 4, 2011
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    Interesting article !
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    Posted by clover on February 4, 2011
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    I don't use anything but Google. I now have Google Chrome but have had some minor problems with it. I hate Bing! Bing Is Not Google!
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      Posted by shawndiaz on February 4, 2011
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      Big Grin Now that is a good acronym to see used. Nice!
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    Posted by YanBz on February 4, 2011
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    comScore reported in October that Google has 66.1% market share, Yahoo! is at 16.7% and Microsoft is at 11.2% (source: )

    I just looked up Buxr web traffic stats, 76% of searches in January were originated by Google (only 11% by Yahoo! and 9.4% by Bing).
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    Posted by midget on February 4, 2011
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    That's crazy. I hope google goes after them. When someone bootlegs microsoft or violates their policy, microsoft goes after them with force. Microsoft is big on the piracy thing so how dare they do the same thing they chastise others for.
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    Posted by equipurple on February 4, 2011
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    I must admit I use a yahoo engine (in Goodsearch, to raise money), but about 50% of the time I have to repeat the search in Google.
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    Posted by deathbynosleep on February 4, 2011
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    never used bing.
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    Posted by orangearrows on February 4, 2011
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    Bing had it's chance when it was giving out Bing Cashback. With that gone - don't see anyone using it.

    Win 7 phone might help them a little - but with minimal effect

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