While Google is dominant in search, it has been watching Microsoft’s Bing and in some cases mimicking some of Bing’s innovations, reports the New York Times. Bing still handles a small slice of web searches in the United States—12.7 percent in June, compared with Google’s 62.6 percent, as measured by web analytics firm comScore. But Bing’s share has been growing, as has Yahoo’s, while Google’s has been shrinking. And while no one argues that Google’s dominance is in immediate jeopardy, Google is watching Microsoft closely and has adopted some of Bing’s innovations—like its travel search engine, its ability to tie...

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