tedster - 6:03 pm on Feb 1, 2011 (gmt 0)
Danny does a great job of explaining the details of the apparent copying and Google's sting operation that appears to have uncovered it. Please read the article, it's worth your time. And let's keep discussion of the "spying" accusation in the thread that bakedjake linked to above.
The details of the story also open up an interesting side topic about the browsers from both companies, Google's Chrome and Microsoft's Internet Explorer.
When Suggested Sites is turned on, the addresses of websites you visit are sent to Microsoft, together with standard computer information.
To help protect your privacy, the information is encrypted when sent to Microsoft. Information associated with the web address, such as search terms or data you entered in forms might be included.
So I asked Google. Does it do the same type of monitoring that it believes Bing does, to improve Google's search results?
"Absolutely not. The PageRank feature sends back URLs, but we've never used those URLs or data to put any results on Google's results page. We do not do that, and we will not do that," said Singhal.