Microsoft wants to pay Newscorp to de-index its stories from Google, giving Bing a leg-up in searches.
The story says:
One website publisher approached by Microsoft said that the plan “puts enormous value on content if search engines are prepared to pay us to index with them”.
Microsoft’s interest is being interpreted as a direct assault on Google because it puts pressure on the search engine to start paying for content.
Any way you look at it, a deal like this is bad for consumers.
Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact [Financial Times]