The televised Google-Bing cage match

February 4, 2011: 2:11 AM ET

Here's the video with Google's Matt Cutts and Microsoft's Harry Shum 'discussing' the recent Bing copying Google allegations.

This is about as interesting as it gets in search engines folks.

The talk is from this week's Big Think Farsight 2011 - Beyond the Search Box event.  In one corner, you have Google's (GOOG) web spam fighter Matt Cutts.  In the other corner, you have Microsoft (MSFT) researcher Harry Shum. Computer Science professor and researcher Vivek Wadhwa is the referee/instigator.

At issue are both the allegations that Bing copies Google, which Shum doesn't seem to disagree with -- perhaps just the implications.  But Shum volleys back with the controversy over Google's benefiting from the web spam it points to; that Google is, in fact, responsible for the world's web spam.

Ding, ding, ding...

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Google went from searching the Web to worming its way into nearly every facet of business and government. Seth Weintraub unveils where the company is going, who it's competing with, who it's about to compete with and how market forces push the company to veer or adhere to its Don't Be Evil motto. For 15 years, Weintraub was a global IT director for a number of companies before becoming a blogger.

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