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    Microsoft to roll-out Live Search Cashback to UK, then EMEA

    http://www.liveside.net/blogs/main/a...then-emea.aspx

    [Parody] Microsoft Pays Couple to Name Child After Their Search Engine

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    | "Live.com is here to stay," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. "People just
    | don't know it yet, but we will be aggressively marketing it until we crush
    | out all competition as we always do. We at Microsoft felt this was a mutually
    | beneficial arrangement, as little Live.com is provided a life of financial
    | security and we at Microsoft are provided a lifetime of advertising."
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    http://www.smthop.com/articles1details.asp?NewsNum=1081


    Recent:

    Microsoft's new tack: Bribery as a business model

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    | But truth be told, it's not the worst idea. What's the harm in giving it a
    | shot? In a recession--or whatever you want to call the current economic
    | malaise in the United States--consumers are open to bribes (oh, I forgot:
    | rebates). So why not see if this strikes the people's fancy? But this is only
    | a holding action. The reason more people use Google's search is the user
    | experience. It works better, so they keep returning. Microsoft CEO Steve
    | Ballmer knows this.
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    http://news.cnet.com/8301-10787_3-99...=2547-1_3-0-20


    Related:

    Is Microsoft tinkering with Live Search results?

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    | Is Microsoft filtering out from its Live Search results those it
    | considers “undesirable” for the company?
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1127


    Microsoft bias in MSN search results, surprise

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    | I was looking to see what search sites might have a particular bug that I
    | (ahem) came across and was trying the search for the number 0 in various
    | places. There is a pretty good Wikipedia page about zero. Zero has a rich and
    | interesting history and there are many other potentially reasonable results. *
    `----

    http://www.skrenta.com/2008/04/micro..._search_r.html


    Microsoft Live Search Says Admits They Were Too Tough on Sites: Making
    Algorithm Less "Strict"

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    | So as you can see, Microsoft admits their Live Search September 2007 update
    | caused many sites to get deindexed from Live Search.
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    http://www.seroundtable.com/archives/016272.html



    How Microsoft Clubs to Search Gains

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    | We checked with Hitwise, and they explained that June gains include “searches
    | automatically generated from a promotion on club.live.com,” up to June 9, *
    | 2007. After that they stopped counting the data.
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    http://gigaom.com/2007/07/27/how-mic...-search-gains/


    Microsoft’s Club Live fiasco

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    | People were using the macro on more than 3 games at a time, on more than 2
    | accounts at a time, why Microsoft didn’t pick up on the fact that in the
    | first few days some people had accumulated enough for 3 Zunes each is beyond
    | us. Some were lucky, others, not so much.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | So far no one has been banned from using their accounts, which they needed to
    | sign up, probably because they did not break any laws, or probably because
    | Microsoft didn’t want that hassle and liked their new found traffic.
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    http://www.blogthe.net/2007/07/16/mi...b-live-fiasco/


    Bots Helped To Boost Microsoft Live Search Gains

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    | In a blog post, Compete analyst Steve Willis attributed Microsoft's
    | search gains to prizes awarded to users participating in Live Search
    | Club, which features games that post queries to Microsoft's search
    | engine.
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | Microsoft is essentially being DDoSed by thousands of people hundreds
    | of times per minute, but they are mistaking this rise in traffic for
    | people actually using Live Search."
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    http://www.informationweek.com/news/...leID=201001092


    Another Microsoft manager jumps from the Live Search ship

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    | Mike Nichols, Group Program Manager for Live Search, has resigned and is
    | moving to work for Yusuf Mehdi, Senior Vice President of Strategic
    | Partnerships. *
    |
    | [...]
    |
    | What to make of all the recent resignations and reshufflings among the
    | various Microsoft business units? Well, it is reorg season in Redmond. But on
    | the Live Search side of the house, it’s got to be tough to keep banging your
    | head against the wall and making little or no headway in growing your market
    | share…. * *
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=1115


    Danny Thorpe quits the Windows Live development team

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    | Danny Thorpe, one of the higher-profile hires Microsoft made to its Windows
    | Live team, has decided to leave for greener pastures.
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=806


    Yet another Microsoft search exec calls it quits

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    | In March, Blake Irving, the Corporate VP in charge of the Windows
    | Live platform, announced his plans to leave Microsoft, effective
    | this summer. Payne announced his resignation from Microsoft shortly
    | after Irving made his announcement.
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=407


    at least no chairs were thrown…

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    | A friend of mine was walked out of Microsoft today.
    |
    | I’m not talking about Stuart Scott, the now former Microsoft CIO who was
    | canned for “violating company policies.” No, another friend decided to leave
    | the MSN Live Search team and join Google Kirkland. *
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    http://selberg.org/2007/11/06/at-lea...s-were-thrown/


    Another Microsoft Search reorg: Shum now leads engineering

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    | That same month, Windows Live Platform VP Blake Irving resigned, as did Chris
    | Payne. the Corporate Vice President in charge of Windows Live Search.
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=927


    Former Microsoft Search Chief Bill Bliss On Early Search Missteps

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    | Bill's biggest regret? Not bypassing middle management that wasn't
    | listening to him scream about the coming threat of Google and going
    | right up to Bill Gates and Steve Ballmer.
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    http://searchengineland.com/070309-094930.php


    Microsoft Search Leader To Leave Company

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    | The Microsoft Corp. vice president who led the company's push into
    | Internet search is leaving the software giant as the effort he
    | helped launch loses ground against lead competitor Google Inc.
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    http://online.wsj.com/preview_login....s%26ru%3Dyahoo
    http://tinyurl.com/2jran7


    Microsoft Windows Live VP to resign

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    | Blake Irving, a Corporate Vice President in Microsoft's Windows
    | Live Platform group, is resigning his post, according to sources
    | close to the company.
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    http://blogs.zdnet.com/microsoft/?p=296
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  2. Re: [News] [Rival] Microsoft Pays People to Care for Its Hand-tweaked 'Search' Engine

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    ____/ Homer on Saturday 21 June 2008 09:17 : \____

    > Verily I say unto thee, that Roy Schestowitz spake thusly:
    >
    >> ,----[ Quote ]
    >> | "Live.com is here to stay," said Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer.

    >
    > LOL!
    >
    > Give it up, Sweaty. It's just getting embarrassing now.


    Expensive too. Microsoft has lost billions on this. Had it been an independent
    company, it would have been out on the street ages ago.

    You can't build something like a search engine using Microsoft technologies.
    It's like building a house using millions of lego bricks. Virtually all the
    players in this arena use Free software.

    - --
    ~~ Best of wishes

    Roy S. Schestowitz | Roughly 2% of your keyboard is O/S-specific
    http://Schestowitz.com | Open Prospects | PGP-Key: 0x74572E8E
    Tasks: 162 total, 1 running, 161 sleeping, 0 stopped, 0 zombie
    http://iuron.com - knowledge engine, not a search engine
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