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June 18, 2003: introducing MSNBOT

Looks like MSN has started crawling the Web themselves; more competition for Google?

Update: As I suspected, they have Google in their crosshairs, according to an anonymous source.

``They are trying to replicate every feature of Google in the next year, and have tie-ins with the next version of IE (including a 'search' box right on the browser toolbar that by default points at MSN Search) and in Windows Longhorn (the Search function in the shell will have an Internet option that will go to MSN by default). They made a build-vs-buy decision in the last few months (in fact they made an informal offer to purchase Google, which was refused).''

Posted by Aaron Swartz on June 18, 2003 09:40 AM