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> Bing had the money and persistence to make that investment, but how many others will?

I hypothesized once with an ex Microsoft HIGH up that it probably took 10B to launch bing. He said I was almost exactly on the nose.

Also this is a ridiculous thing to ask for. How much money do you think Google pays for the bandwidth to crawl the web? How much do you think it costs to run the machines that create indexes out of that? How do you value the IP involved in the process?

Google should give away the fruits of that labor for free, plus invest in a reasonable API to download that index? Plus the bandwidth of sharing that index with third parties? It’s probably not even feasible aside from putting disks or tapes on multiple semis to send to clients. The index is 100 petabytes according to [0]. With dual fiber lines, and no latency for mind bending numbers of API calls, that would take 12.6 YEARS to download a single snapshot.

[0] https://www.google.com/search/howsearchworks/crawling-indexi...




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