Microsoft threatens to cut off access to data from rival AI search tools

These search chatbots aim to combine the conversational skills of ChatGPT with the information provided by a conventional search engine

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Microsoft Corp. has threatened to cut off access to its internet-search data, which it licenses to rival search engines, if they don’t stop using it as the basis for their own artificial intelligence chat products, according to people familiar with the dispute.
 
The software maker licenses the data in its Bing search index — a map of the internet that can be quickly scanned in real time — to other companies that offer web search, such as Apollo Global Management Inc.’s Yahoo and DuckDuckGo. In February, Microsoft integrated a cousin of ChatGPT, OpenAI’s AI-powered chat technology, into Bing.

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First Published: Mar 25 2023 | 1:58 PM IST

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