News Corp. exploring relationship with Microsoft's Bing search engine

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New York—Microsoft and News Corp., publisher of The Wall Street Journal, have discussed a plan that would involve the media company "being paid to 'de-index' its news Web sites from Google," according to a story in Financial Times. The story said the plan revolved around Microsoft's efforts to weaken Google's dominance of the search engine category and News Corp.'s desire to be paid by search engines for its news content.

James Murdoch, chairman-CEO of News Corp. Europe and Asia, was quoted in the story as saying, “We think that there's a very exciting marketplace, potentially a wholesale marketplace for digital journalism that we'll be developing."

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