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Microsoft has ditched its Live Search Product Upload tool as part of its latest shake-up of its less-than-popular web search service.

The firm confirmed to users that the tool, which was used by retailers to get their products into Microsoft’s search database, had been discontinued late last week.

"Thank you for your interest in the product upload beta. Regrettably, we are discontinuing this program," said Microsoft, before taking the opportunity to remind users of the company’s bribery machine.

"Merchants located in the United States should consider participating in Live Search Cashback - an advertising program which combines the power of Live Search with a comparison shopping engine to bring consumers some of the best deals on the web."

As we reported last week, the vendor has combined its product search engine with Microsoft’s Live Search Cashback service ahead of the relaunch of its unwieldy, Google-wannabe brand. ®

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