Microsoft Dumps Book-Scanning

Leaves work to Google in shift for struggling online operation
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted May 25, 2008 8:57 AM CDT
Academy award-winning director James Cameron speaks during the Microsoft advance08 Advertising Leadership Forum at the company's campus in Redmond, Wash., May 20, 2008.    (AP Photo)
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(Newser) – Microsoft is ending its searchable book-scanning process, leaving the task of digitizing libraries’ worth of text to Google, AP reports. The move follows Yahoo’s rejection of Microsoft’s takeover bid and suggests a new direction for the struggling online component of the world’s software king. Microsoft joined the book-scanning race in 2005, supporting a Yahoo effort. It started its own operation the following year.