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: Microsoft Corp has threatened to cut off access to Internet search data it licenses to competing search engines if it doesn’t stop using it as the foundation for its artificial intelligence chat product, Bloomberg News reported Friday. rice field.

The company has told at least two customers that using a Bing search index — a map of the internet that can be scanned in real time — to feed its AI chat tool violates the terms of their contract, the news agency said. The story was told by multiple people familiar with the matter. Controversy.

Bloomberg added that Microsoft, based in Redmond, Washington, may also terminate its license to provide access to its search index.

Microsoft did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The Windows operating system maker announced in February that it would use artificial intelligence to revamp the Bing search engine and Edge web browser, signaling an ambition to reclaim the lead in the lagging consumer technology market. increase.

The upgraded Bing search engine rolled out to users late last month. Microsoft threatens to limit data from rival AI search tools – Bloomberg News

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