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Brett Tabke highlights Google’s selective memory

After yesterday’s “shock” news that Google has accused Bing of copying its search results (and Bing basically said – so what?) Brett Tabke of PubCon / WMW took up the mantle of those of us thinking “But Google’s hardly whiter than white?”

His comments were so good I thought they should be archived for posterity.

Did Bing whine when Google copied their homepage background look-n-feel?
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Brett Tabke
Did Bing whine when Google copied Bings' 'mouse over preview' option?
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Brett Tabke
Did Yahoo whine when Google copied the "Instant" serps action that a Yahoo intern coded in 2004?
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Brett Tabke
Did Bing whine (atleast in public) about Google buying ITA to compete and control Bing's Farecast option?
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Brett Tabke
Did Bing whine when Google added the copycat look of the left side serp menu?
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Brett Tabke
Did Bing whine whing when Google copied their image search results form and function?
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Brett Tabke
Did Bing whine when Google essentially copied Bings entire SERP look-n-feel?
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Brett Tabke
But @ you guys (Bing/G) copy the ENTIRE web, Why wouldn't they copy you as a signal too!? They'd be incompetent if they didn't.
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Then there is that little bit about the book - umm scanning - ya, lets calling scanning - not copying - not infringement...scanning.
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Brett Tabke

And Google cynic Graywolf also tweeted:

I love how google said for years they couldnt manually promote sites ... but today we learned thats not really true
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Michael Gray

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