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Submission + - Bing copies Google; Google calls that unfair. (

Oxford_Comma_Lover writes: Bing has been copying, or at least mining, Google's search results in the long tail. Google's search algorithms, for those not keeping track, are mostly closely guarded secrets--not patents. Whereas patents are disclosed to the public in exchange for a limited monopoly, trade secrets are usually (absent contract) not protected by the courts against reverse engineering (YMMV, consult a lawyer). So Google, having decided to forego much legal protection so it can avoid disclosing its algorithms, is now resorting to calling Bing unfair.

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