Search outfit Google accused Microsoft’s Bing of copying Google’s search results.
Apparently, Google’s engineers set up random results for certain terms. Among them was ‘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 officially stated that they do not mind honest competition but obviously had a thing or three to say about Microsoft.
Bing’s Harry Shum said that Google uses more than 1,000 different “signals an features” in their ranking algorithm adding that many internet companies use “collective intelligence” gathered in this way.