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Google is Imitating Bing, Microsoft's Ballmer Says

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Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer talked Bing yesterday, basically saying that Bing is better in numerous areas and that Google is trying to catch-up to their innovations.

"Our maps are better, our images our better, our picture is different. And Google keeps responding," Ballmer said during a Q&A with the Seattle Times.

Ballmer said Google has stayed conservative to avoid losing money.

"If they change anything, the position on the page, maybe people won't click on their ad the right way. ... We're just moving, floating, differentiating. ... They're starting to look at the stuff we're doing and copying it back. What is it? Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery."

He also responded to Google CEO Eric Schmidt's recent comments that Bing was Google's biggest competitor.

"He's right! ... We're his best competitor, and we're a very good competitor and we're going to do a very good job."


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