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[News] [Rival] Pro-Microsoft Eric Savitz on Bing's Demise, More on "the Great Bing Scam"

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Pro-Microsoft Eric Savitz on Bing's Demise, More on "the Great Bing Scam"
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 28 Jun 2009 22:51:21 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
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Is Bing Already Losing Some Zing?

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| The graph above, from Google Trends, as relayed by Broadpoint.Amtech analyst 
| Ben Schachter, suggests the buzz on Bing, at least, is fading 


The Great Bing Scam 

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| I was almost ready to believe it myself, but one small thing caught my 
| attention. I just started a new assignment, and at my new workplace Internet 
| Explorer 6.0 is the only allowed browser. Of course, in the first several 
| hours I mistyped some link in the browser address field, and, surprise, I see 
| a Bing search page! I checked the browser search settings and Google was a 
| default search engine. A little googling made things perfectly clear.     



Google mocks Bing and the stuff behind it

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| "If we make a minor change to, say, disk storage to get a three per cent gain
| and we roll that our to the GFS library, suddenly the entire base of
| applications stored on GFS sees that gain."


Microsoft's failure to secure Yahoo agreement 'costing it £750m a year'

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| MICROSOFT has been warned it is haemorrhaging almost £750 million ($1.2bn) a
| year by failing to secure a tie-up with Yahoo.
| The investment bank Credit Suisse used an internet blog website to urge the
| US software giant to strike a deal and finally bring an end to on-off talks
| that have lasted well over a year.
| It claims Microsoft cannot survive in the global search arena on a standalone
| basis, despite launching a £61m advertising campaign for "Bing", its new
| search engine proposition.


Microsoft Tries to Force You to Use Bing

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| According to reports, a glitch in Internet Explorer 6 forced Bing onto users
| as the default search engine. Even when users manually altered their
| preferences, Bing emerged once again.
| Search Engine Land contacted Microsoft about the bug. Microsoft acknowledged
| the problem and responded at 2:45 a.m. that the bug is now fixed. End of
| story, right?
| Perhaps. But when you take Microsoft's history into consideration, the
| force-feeding of Bing almost makes sense. I am not suggesting Microsoft
| intentionally created this bug to get people hooked on Bing. I am saying
| there's a correlation between the problem at hand and problems Microsoft have
| encountered in the past.


Bing is not Google, but it is a spin engine.

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| But rather than a search engine or even a "decision engine", Bing also
| appears to be a spin engine, in that it provides partisan answers to
| controversial topics, such as Steve Ballmer's propensity to throw chairs to
| blow off stress.  At a friend's suggestion, I typed the following phrases
| (without quotes) into both Google.com and Bing.com.  The results are very
| telling.  Be sure to look at the phrase completion options that you are
| offered as you type.
| "linux "
| "antitrust microsoft"
| "ballmer throws chair"
| "bill gates steals"
| The important thing here is not whether Bill Gates does, in fact, steal, and
| I am not here to make ad hominem attacks on the world's richest man.  The
| point is how Microsoft deals with criticism.  With spin.  As opposed to
| Google, which just repeats much of the criticism of it.
| [...]
| Contrast that with phrases that are negative for Google, such as "Google is
| evil."  Typing "Google is e" yields no suggestions.  But typing in "Google
| is" yield results which are both positive and negative for Google as a
| company:
| "Google is your friend"
| "Google is broken"
| "Google is skynet"
| "Google is making us stupid"
| "Google is a number"
| "Google is paying to work from home"
| "Google is always right"
| "Google is taking over the world"
| "Google is watching you"
| "Google is paying"
| More to the point is the first phrase.  Microsoft's first suggestions all are
| aimed at diverting attention away from one of its keenest competition, Free
| Open Source Software, a competitor which, every year in its official annual
| 10k SEC-mandated warning to investors, Microsoft lists as a threat to its
| profitability.
| [...]
| Clearly, Bing is not Google, and is not going to overtake Google anytime use,
| nor offer information which, on the whole, is as useful to its users as
| Google search results.
| By the way, the most concise summary of why Google is beating Microsoft can
| be seen by typing this phrase into your browser: Bingisnotgoogle.com.  Google
| is always one step ahead of Redmond.



Is Microsoft forcing Bing on IE6 users?

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| We’re getting word that a number of Internet Explorer 6 users are loading up
| their browsers to discover that the default search engine, which they had set
| as Google, has been changed to Bing. What’s more, when they try to change it
| back they’re being blocked from doing so thanks to a Microsoft Live Search
| message that reads: “Oops This isn’t the page that you wanted”.


Websense blocks Bing in IM snafu

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| Websense users were temporarily blocked from enjoying the launch of
| Microsoft's Bing search engine on Monday.


China shuts down Twitter and Bing in lead up to Tiananmen anniversary

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| It’s widely known that China runs a pretty tight ship - to put it mildly - on
| what its citizens get to see online, especially that content which exists
| outside of China.


Badda-Bing Indeed.

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| This is just too good. One of the features of Microsoft’s just launched Bing
| search engine is that it auto-plays videos in results when you hover over
| them. Naturally, the first thing a number of people, like Loic Le Meur, did
| was search for “sex” or “porn.” The results are majestic — if you’re a
| teenager looking for a way around porn filters on your computer. And this
| isn’t artful porn or something like it, it’s straight-up, hardcore
| pornography.

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