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Thread: Google accuses Bing of stealing its search results

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    Default Google accuses Bing of stealing its search results

    Google has run a sting operation that it says proves Bing has been watching what people search for on Google, the sites they select from Google’s results, then uses that information to improve Bing’s own search listings.

    More at Google: Bing Is Cheating, Copying Our Search Results

    When Google introduced the background wallpaper and Image search results, nobody said anything!


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    It almost seems like Google might be just a tad worried over how well Bing is coming along!

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    Microsoft had posted its explanation on Bing.com:

    “To be clear, we learn from all of our customers. What we saw in today’s story was a spy-novelesque stunt to generate extreme outliers in tail query ranking. It was a creative tactic by a competitor, and we’ll take it as a back-handed compliment. But it doesn’t accurately portray how we use opt-in customer data as one of many inputs to help improve our user experience.”

    Bing Thoughts on search quality - Search Blog - Site Blogs - Bing Community

    The post now appears to have been removed!


    Reports Google Blog:

    "...Over the next few months we noticed that URLs from Google search results would later appear in Bing with increasing frequency for all kinds of queries: popular queries, rare or unusual queries and misspelled queries. Even search results that we would consider mistakes of our algorithms started showing up on Bing.

    We couldn’t shake the feeling that something was going on, and our suspicions became much stronger in late October 2010 when we noticed a significant increase in how often Google’s top search result appeared at the top of Bing’s ranking for a variety of queries. This statistical pattern was too striking to ignore. To test our hypothesis, we needed an experiment to determine whether Microsoft was really using Google’s search results in Bing’s ranking."


    Official Google Blog: Microsoft’s Bing uses Google search results—and denies it

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    Microsoft seems to have found a way to improve their search results, nice or not, it’s Google’s turn to step up and improve themselves.
    Rumors stated bing copies Google search results - Microsoft clarified it. | winspark.net

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    Here's an interesting comment from the Bing blog post specified by Anand sir. Am not sure whether the poster is a MS employee

    Those who think this is "direct copying of results" are mistaken. Google's spinning the PR that way, but that's not what happens. Bing uses signals like clickthrough on SERPs in their 1000 factor algorithm. When you remove any other signals (which is what Google's honeypot did), all you're left with is the 1 Google thought they catch MS using, and that's what happened.

    I know it's compelling to attach onto the simple "Bing stole from Google" story, but like everything else in the media, it's a vast oversimplification. I'm hard-pressed to believe that anyone who was tasked with beating Google at search wouldn't employ this tactic if they had access to it.

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    Bing replies:

    We do not copy results from any of our competitors. Period. Full stop. We have some of the best minds in the world at work on search quality and relevance, and for a competitor to accuse any one of these people of such activity is just insulting.

    We do look at anonymous click stream data as one of more than a thousand inputs into our ranking algorithm. We learn from our customers as they traverse the web, a common practice in helping to improve a wide array of online services. We have been clear about this for a couple of years (see Directions on Microsoft report, June 15, 2009).

    Google engaged in a “honeypot” attack to trick Bing. In simple terms, Google’s “experiment” was rigged to manipulate Bing search results through a type of attack also known as “click fraud.” That’s right, the same type of attack employed by spammers on the web to trick consumers and produce bogus search results. What does all this cloak and dagger click fraud prove? Nothing anyone in the industry doesn’t already know. As we have said before and again in this post, we use click stream optionally provided by consumers in an anonymous fashion as one of 1,000 signals to try and determine whether a site might make sense to be in our index.
    http://www.bing.com/community/site_b...-straight.aspx

    Interesting read here:
    http://directmatchmedia.com/google-proves-bing.php

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    Is there any real evidence?

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    look at the information:

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    that's what they should say now after its success when being one of most trending internet services in USA & europe

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