News Corp & Microsoft Discuss Blocking Google Indexing

FT.com reports:

Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company being paid to “de-index” its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a ray of light to the newspaper industry.

The impetus for the discussions came from News Corp, owner of newspapers ranging from the Wall Street Journal of the US to The Sun of the UK, said a person familiar with the situation, who warned that talks were at an early stage.

However, the Financial Times has learnt that Microsoft has also approached other big online publishers to persuade them to remove their sites from Google’s search engine.

News Corp and Microsoft, which owns the rival Bing search engine, declined to comment.

If a deal is struck between Microsoft and News Corp, this could have huge consequences. In effect, other news content providers could follow suit which would bring Google to revise its stance regarding complaints from news organizations that Google doesn’t financially participate in news gathering. To this day Google has been pretty dismissive of those complaints.
I am curious to see what gives.

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One Response to “News Corp & Microsoft Discuss Blocking Google Indexing”

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    […] The recent announcement that News Corp and Microsoft were in discussion over a deal where Microsoft would pay News Corp for removing itself from Google’s indexing, stirred up the […]

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