Is Google suffering from Bing envy? Last month, tech bloggers scolded
Google for ripping off Microsoft search engine Bing by adding a
left-hand content filter to its search pages. Now, Google is again
under fire for introducing the ability to customize the background image
on search homepages, a feature that Bing had adopted since its
inception. "Google yesterday temporarily added a default
to make more people aware of the new feature"
reported Tech Crunch's Robin Wauters, drawing a widely-retweeted jab
from Microsoft Europe's Twitter account:
Business Insider's Dan
sums up the spat. "Google wants EVERYONE to know that you
can now set
a background image on its search homepage
, to make it look more
like Microsoft's Bing
. So today it just turned on a background
image for everyone, it seems. (With a white Google logo. It does look
nice, if you're into that sort of thing)," quips Frommer. "Folks on
Twitter are making the connection... 'Background images
? Wtf? Bing envy?' Etc."
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