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Microsoft Takes Aim at Google

Microsoft and News Corp. have met about plans to help the media company "de-index" its Web sites so that their stories could not be detected by Google. News Corp., the Rupert Murdoch company that controls The Wall Street Journal, approached Microsoft, according to the Financial Times. But Microsoft has gone to other publications offering its services to remove their sites from Google's search engine, the paper said. “This is all about Microsoft hurting Google’s margins,” said one online publisher.