FT.com: Microsoft and News Corp eye web pact

"Microsoft has had discussions with News Corp over a plan that would involve the media company’s being paid to “de-index” its news websites from Google, setting the scene for a search engine battle that could offer a ray of light to the newspaper industry. ...[The] Financial Times has learnt that Microsoft has also approached other big online publishers [besides News Corp] to persuade them to remove their sites from Google’s search engine."

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