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A few weeks ago Google started getting a feeling that Microsoft's search engine "Bing" was stealing its search results and decided to set up an elaborate trap (the Bing String).

The trap was simple, Google’s engineers set up random results for certain terms. Among them was torsoraphy and ‘hiybprqag’, a gibberish word pointing to a Los Angeles theater seating plan.

Google said that their results started appearing in Bing within few weeks. Google 
Amit Singhal was quoted saying 
I've got no problem with a competitor developing an innovative algorithm. But copying is not innovation, in my book.

Bing vice president Harry Shum shrugged off Google's sting, calling it a "spy-novelesque stunt."

Here is the evidence:-

Torsoraphy on google

Torsoraphy on Bing.Here’s an example, which is still working as I write this, hiybbprqag at Google:
and the same exact match at Bing:

Here’s another, for mbzrxpgjys at Google:

and the same match at Bing:

Here’s one more, this time for indoswiftjobinproduction, at Google:

and at Bing:

Decide for yourself.

Source here.

1 comment:

  1. I wonder how this will end. It will probably blow over in 6 months.