Google Says Bing 'Copying' Search Results; Microsoft Cites Customer Data
Posted in: Miscellaneous at 02/02/2011 18:04
Google Inc., owner of the world's most popular search engine, said Microsoft Corp.'s Bing is "copying" its query results. Microsoft denied the accusation and said the data in question comes from customers.
Google's own testing concluded that Bing was using its search results, Google Fellow Amit Singhal said in an e-mailed statement.
Google accuses Bing of 'copying' its search results
Google has accused Microsoft of cheating, following an investigation known as the 'Bing Sting'.
Google engineers created 100 nonsensical queries such as "hiybbprqag" and inserted a fake result for each.
Within weeks, the same results began to appear on its rival Microsoft's Bing search engine.
Microsoft denies copying Google and accused Google of conducting "spy-novelesque stunts".
Harry Shum, vice president of Bing, said: "We do not copy Google's search results. We use multiple signals and approaches in ranking search results," he added.