Jeff Bezos Picks Up On Bill Gates' Pay-To-Search Idea
from the must-be-something-in-the-Seattle-water dept
Earlier this month, we mentioned Bill Gates' random musings on how it might make sense to
bribe pay users to search at MSN instead of the competition. However, it did seem like random speculation, rather than part of Microsoft's grand plan. However, Geekzone is reporting that Amazon's A9 search subsidiary is already experimenting with something similar -- giving discounts at Amazon for people who search on A9. It sounds like they've put up a lot of conditions to try to limit the "click fraud" (search fraud?) aspect from taking over. Also, to try to copy some geeky charm from Google, the percentage you save is 1.57%... ~pi divided by two... as in "sharing the pi(e)." Yes, feel free to gag now.