The talented and debonaire Joe Nguyen of Wpromote did a hilarious job (way funnier than my job) juxtaposing the perfect image with the story or Google and Bing and the case of the stolen search results. Long story short, Google caught Bing with their hand in the cookie jar using Internet Explorer to steal results from Google and paste them into Bing. Pretty embarrassing stuff for Bing but nothing seemingly illegal. Bing responded with a delicious straw man argument pointing out that the "timing" seemed coincidental since "people in the industry are beginning to ask whether Bing is as good or in some cases better than Google." 

First of all, I'm not sure that that's the case. Second of all, if Bing is simply stealing results from Google, then yes, the results probably are "as good" as Google's. Third of all, really, Bing? How stupid do you think we are?

Even though Bing has improved, Google still maintains a stranglehold over the search market in the US and continues to innovate at a faster rate than Bing. Google also has more resources dedicated to search and, for the most part, still sets the trends. I don't know many people who have made the switch to Bing, personally, and Bing is doing about a million times more marketing than Google just to be a distant second.

Needless to say, this is all silly but it's also really, really funny. Us Weekly may need to add a section called "Major Corporations Are Just Like Us!"

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