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Jan 03, 2013 Was The FTC Too Easy On Google? Too Hard? FTC will not take action on search practices

QUOTE: the FTC finally made an announcement regarding its investigation of Google for alleged anticompetitive conduct. The investigation is now closed. The Commission will not be pursing antitrust litigation, and Google escaped without fines, and will make some minor voluntary changes regarding its search business.... Google has agreed to change some of the business practices to resolve the FTC’s concerns including those related to patents and what the FTC alls its “misuse of patent protection to prevent competition.”

Dec 18, 2012 F.T.C. Opens an Inquiry Into Data Brokers

QUOTE: as consumers conduct more of their personal and commercial lives online, that type of data collection has been steadily increasing, fueled by new online surveillance techniques and more sophisticated analytics. Some companies, for example, have compiled several thousand different pieces of information on a majority of adults in the United States. Regulators say they are concerned that such comprehensive data collection could be used to profile, score or segment consumers, with the potential to unfairly limit the kinds of financial, insurance, health, education or other marketing offers certain consumers receive.

New York Times
Nov 30, 2012 Does Google the Link Lister Equal Google the Publisher?

QUOTE: s Google a publisher? Or is Google simply a displayer of links? Are these two things the same?...An Australian high court has found Google liable for libelous content tying a man to organized crime. Of course, Google didn’t create the article that made the references, it simply provided a link to it within its search results.

May 27, 2012 Matt Cutts: Here’s How To Expose Your Competitors’ Black Hat SEO Practices: Google really wants to know about them

QUOTE: “So first and foremost, I would say do a spam report, because if you’re violating Google’s guidelines in terms of cloaking or sneaky JavaScript redirects, buying links, doorway pages, keyword stuffing, all those kinds of things, we do want to know about it...You can also stop by Google’s Webmaster forum..."

Mar 14, 2012 Waging war on shady locksmiths

QUOTE: [Google says] "We’re aware of the gaming practices happening in the locksmith industry — practices which long predate Google and have affected the Yellow Pages for decades. We’ve implemented several measures to combat this issue, including improving our spam detection algorithms and working with the locksmith industry to find solutions."

Washington Post
Jan 26, 2012 How does Google's new privacy policy compare?

QUOTE: Much ado has been made about Google's new overarching privacy policy, but the company's not doing anything much different than Facebook, Microsoft, Apple, or Yahoo

Jun 23, 2011 Why SEO Disgusts Me

QUOTE: I recently had a discussion with the CEO of a leading Midwest search firm who described their common practice of creating fake accounts to pump client links into the comment section of blog posts and forums....I’m concerned when it gets difficult to compete in the industry without engaging in fraudulent behavior.

Mar 31, 2011 Antitrust Cry From Microsoft

QUOTE: The litany of particulars in Microsoft’s complaint… includes claims of anticompetitive practices by Google in search, online advertising and smartphone software. But a central theme, Microsoft says, is that Google unfairly hinders the ability of search competitors — and Microsoft’s Bing is almost the only one left — from examining and indexing information that Google controls, like its big video service YouTube.

New York Times
Feb 12, 2011 The Dirty Little Secrets of Search

QUOTE: Does the collective wisdom of the Web really say that Penney has the most essential site when it comes to dresses? ...What he found suggests that the digital age’s most mundane act, the Google search, often represents layer upon layer of intrigue. And the intrigue starts in the sprawling, subterranean world of “black hat” optimization, the dark art of raising the profile of a Web site with methods that Google considers tantamount to cheating.

New York Times
Dec 14, 2010 Should Google Be Able To Prioritize Its Own Content In Search Results? Don't Users Want Google Results If They're Using Google?

QUOTE: Does Google have the right to place its own content over others' content in its search results?...There has been a great deal of discussion around this in the media recently, and a great deal of complaining from other brands who feel this is anti-competitive, and that Google should be driving traffic to their sites, rather than Google giving the user the content themselves. 

Nov 26, 2010 A Bully Finds a Pulpit on the Web

QUOTE: as Ms. Rodriguez’s all-too-cursory Google search demonstrated, the company can show up in the most coveted place on the Internet’s most powerful site. Which means the owner of DecorMyEyes might be more than just a combustible bully with a mean streak and a potty mouth. He might also be a pioneer of a new brand of anti-salesmanship — utterly noxious retail — that is facilitated by the quirks and shortcomings of Internet commerce and that tramples long-cherished traditions of customer service, like deference and charm.

New York Times
Oct 28, 2010 Will the lawyers shut down the Web over privacy?

QUOTE: A class-action lawsuit accuses Google of leaking personal data to advertisers -- but would the Web survive if search engines and social networks really had to preserve your privacy?

May 21, 2010 Sure, It’s Big. But Is That Bad?

QUOTE: “The government is finally onto the notion that they have to start asking questions about Google,” he said. “Google started off saying they were going to treat everything on the Web neutrally. That is the basis on which they secured dominance. And now they’ve changed the rules.”

New York Times
Mar 30, 2010 Software Discovery is Broken: SEO, fake reviews, and deceit have made it nearly impossible to find the software you're looking for.

QUOTE: If you're looking for any sort of utility on Google, you'll come across a ton of crappy and often useless (if not outright fraudulent) garbage that has risen to the top, thanks to what I like to call "active" SEO trickery. The normal SEO ideas used to improve search results are being actively modified on what seems like a day-by-day basis.

PC Magazine
Oct 09, 2009 The ZDnet/Iran affair: Who's the Yahoo now? (Notes From the Field)

QUOTE: Using information he received from an Iranian blogger, [Richard] Koman accused Yahoo of handing over the account information for 200,000 Iranian bloggers [2] to the country's authorities...

Aug 05, 2009 90% of Bing's online drug ads lead to rogue pharmacies

QUOTE: A new report by KnujOn, an antispam company, and LegitScript, which verifies the legitimacy of particular online pharmacies... claims that 89.7 percent of the prescription drug and online pharmacy search ads reviewed on Microsoft's adCenter led to rogue Internet pharmacies.

Ars Technica
Jul 08, 2009 Google Operating System Raises Apple Antitrust Issues

QUOTE: Regulators at the Federal Trade Commission have been investigating whether Google and Apple are violating antitrust laws by sharing two board members...

New York Times
Jan 01, 2009 The Plot to Kill Google

QUOTE: The company's [Google] growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups.

Dec 09, 2008 Microsoft Offers to Reduce Search Data in Europe

QUOTE: In the debate about data retention, the Internet companies have said that records of past searches help them enhance the performance of their search engines. Privacy advocates say the companies are also using the data to compile behavioral profiles on users, which are then used to target advertising, the main source of revenue.

New York Times
Dec 08, 2008 Google cranks up the Consensus Engine: Manufacturing isn't dead - it just went to Mountain View

QUOTE: That Google was impartial was one of the articles of faith. For if Google was ever to be found to be applying subjective human judgment directly on the process, it would be akin to the voting machines being rigged....This week Marissa Meyer explained that editorial judgments will play a key role in Google searches.

Dec 05, 2008 Is Google Sexist? Absence of one little word might say yes

QUOTE: Why does Google single out this one particular part as too sexually explicit to pass its filters, even if just for discussion, or to answer a question for someone too embarrassed to ask another human?

Nov 28, 2008 Baidu Vows to Overhaul After Search Scandal

QUOTE: China's Internet search leader Baidu said on Friday it will overhaul operations after state media said it allowed unlicensed medical services to buy high search rankings to win more customers.

PC Magazine
Nov 28, 2008 Google’s Gatekeepers

QUOTE: As more and more speech migrates online, to blogs and social-networking sites and the like, the ultimate power to decide who has an opportunity to be heard, and what we may say, lies increasingly with Internet service providers, search engines and other Internet companies like Google, Yahoo, AOL, Facebook and even eBay....some House Democrats and Republicans have introduced a bipartisan bill called the Global Online Freedom Act, which would require that Internet companies disclose to a newly created office in the State Department all material filtered in response to demands by foreign governments.

New York Times
Nov 22, 2008 New Paid Links Service Sparks More Debate: And the Gloves Come Off...

QUOTE: Quite a storm of debate has erupted over a new service called InLinks - essentially a paid text link service that allegedly makes it hard for Google (and other search engines) to detect them.

Nov 17, 2008 Why Google Must Die: Once you learn how Google handles SEO, you see that getting the right results takes a miracle.

QUOTE: user flagging. Parked sites, for instance, could be flagged the way you flag spam on a message board or a miscategorized post on craigslist. The risk here is that creeps trying to shut down a specific site could swamp Google with false flags, so maintaining integrity would be difficult. People with their own agendas have already infiltrated and controlled aspects of craigslist and Wikipedia, unfortunately. On Wikipedia, for example, a group pushing the global-warming agenda prevents almost any post with contrary data or opinions, no matter how minor the point.

PC Magazine
Nov 05, 2008 Google Wins the Presidential Election (So Does Obama)

QUOTE: if Lessig has Obama's ear, you might see more policies leaning towards "fair use" of other people's copyrighted works. That also dovetails with Google's agenda, which needs net neutrality and could use less content protection so it can take over the world by providing other people's content and its own advertising over other people's pipes.

PC Magazine
Sep 08, 2008 Want top search results? Tread carefully

QUOTE: The SEO (search engine optimization) industry has sprung up to help customers find ways to get their Web sites high in search results, and its practitioners are always testing new methods. Some "white-hat" methods pose no problems, but others range somewhere between crafty and definitely naughty "black-hat" techniques.

Aug 15, 2008 Google Privacy Practices Worse Than ISP Snooping, AT&T Charges

QUOTE: Online advertising networks -- particularly Google's -- are more dangerous than the fledgling plans and dreams of ISPs to install eavesdropping equipment inside their internet pipes to serve tailored ads to their customers, AT&T says...AT&T denies that it currently digs deep into the net habits of its users "for the purpose [of] developing a profile of a particular consumer's online behavior."

May 27, 2008 Google Says You Can't Buy The Top Ad Spot: The ad clicker should benefit the most

QUOTE: Wealthy businesses and smaller operations all compete fairly when it comes to testing ad quality... Google plans to subject advertisers to landing page load time assessments.

Feb 18, 2008 Google News Slow To Reinstate UN Critic: Inner City Press accused Google of UN complicity

QUOTE: a whistleblower in UNDP's legal department had his office computer impounded and was told, you have visited multiple times. While the interrogation reflected contempt for the freedom to read and freedom of the press, the issue goes far beyond the corporate culture at UNDP, to that of Google. The Government Accountability Project also criticized Google for delisting Inner City Press.

Jan 11, 2008 Google Hacking Not Fun For You

QUOTE: Securing one's server is a waste of time if someone leaves a spreadsheet full of usernames and passwords where it can be found with a public search...They call it Google Hacking, and it means being able to find secret stuff with the help of a well-crafted query fed to Google...

Oct 25, 2007 Google Slams Paid Links? Good or Bad?

QUOTE: Another under-the-radar-of-the-real-world blog firestorm erupted yesterday over high profile page rank drops. Google dropped visible PR of many blogs and mainstream news sites presumably as a penalty for selling links.

Aug 15, 2007 Astonishing! Spock Thinks You're a Pedophile

QUOTE: But when databases are built by bots and not by humans, mistakes happen. False or malicious profiles set up on other sites will be indexed along with the real ones. Divorced from their original context, tags can take on a life all their own.

Aug 09, 2007 Google, Live, Yahoo run dubious scanner ads

QUOTE: For years, a Web site known as Spyware Warrior has been at the forefront of exposing fraudulent and misleading antispyware products. Its page of so-called Rogue/Suspect Anti-Spyware Products names scores of products that exhibit suspicious behaviors....Google, Yahoo, and all have policies that prohibit ads for deceptive products. Yet these search engines accept advertising for products found by Spyware Warrior to be "rogue" software....It's time for Google, Live, and Yahoo to look at their advertisers and take immediate action against deceptive products instead of accepting tainted ad dollars.
Aug 09, 2007 Scholars Push For Search Engine Regulation: Here's an idea sure to start some fires: Is it necessary to consider government regulation of search engines? Please hold your throwing-stones until the end

QUOTE: a natural oligarchy has developed whereby a few entities control what information is viewable to the public. That's not necessarily a bad thing, as long as the gatekeepers can be trusted. But there is an inherent possibility (and thus, temptation and motivation) that information can be manipulated to the benefit of the provider, or to the detriment of the competition.

Jul 03, 2007 Yahoo Unveils Personalized Ads: Competition on Web Grows

QUOTE: Yahoo yesterday launched a system to let marketers tailor advertising content to individual users...Behavioral targeting has been the focus for the Internet giants .... Privacy advocates are wary of such systems.

Washington Post
Jul 02, 2007 Calling In Pros to Refine Your Google Image

QUOTE: The proliferation of blogs and Web sites can allow angry clients, jealous lovers or ruthless competitors to define a person's identity...[but] companies such as International Reputation Management, Naymz and ReputationDefender...assure their clients of better results on an Internet search...

Washington Post
Mar 14, 2007 Google to Anonymize Data

QUOTE: Google is reversing a long-standing policy to retain all the data on its users indefinitely, and by the end of the year will begin removing identifying data from its search logs after 18 months to two years, depending on the country the servers are located in.

Oct 24, 2006 Imagining Google As Government: In the latest edition of speculation and hyperbole over the search advertising company and its impact on society, we consider the prospect of one nation, under a big G

QUOTE: Rescuecom believes that as advertising on the Internet is a two-way communication, typically initiated by the consumer who types a search term into their computer, it is reasonable for the consumer to expect that if they type in a specific trademark, they find that trademark....Instead of paying off settlements to end lawsuits, Google fights those suits, with each victory bringing one more bit of case law, one more scrap of precedent, to their favor.

Aug 21, 2006 Editorial: Enter Search Term Here, Forever

QUOTE: companies often store searches in ways that allow them to be traced back to specific users...The storing and sharing of data of this kind is a violation of users’ privacy rights. Congress, the Federal Trade Commission and the companies should do more to protect these rights.

New York Times

QUOTE: America's top four Internet companies -- Google, Yahoo, AOL and Microsoft -- promise they will protect the personal information of people who use their online services to search, shop and socialize. But a close read of their privacy policies reveals as much exposure as protection.

San Jose Mercury News
Aug 12, 2006 Your Life as an Open Book

QUOTE: in an era when powerful commercial and legal forces ally in favor of holding on to data, and where the surrender of one’s digital soul happens almost imperceptibly, change is not likely to come swiftly.

New York Times
Jul 20, 2006 Amnesty slams web giants over human rights: Google, Yahoo and Microsoft hauled up for censorship in China

QUOTE: Amnesty International has challenged Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to reveal the words censored by their content filters in China. The human rights organisation blasted the web giants for...overlooking their human rights obligations in order to tap into China's lucrative online market.

May 31, 2006 Feds put squeeze on Internet firms: Tracking pornography, terrorists cited as reasons for data retention

QUOTE: One thing the Justice Department wants is some type of subscriber information, such as the Internet address assigned to a person when logging on to a service provider...The Internet companies have said there are other ways to get the information without them having to hand it over and believe requests like this are burden to the industry...

CNN (Cable News Network)
May 25, 2006 The Rich Get Richer: Google Needs Some Ad Sense

QUOTE: Google attracts advertisers like Luis with the idea that their ads will be cheaper because, frankly, they are selling something that is only thinly traded. The dream is that the system scales and scales fairly, only it isn't fair at all because if Amazon wants to advertise an equation editor USING EXACTLY THE SAME AD TEXT AND FORMATTING AS LUIS -- their words will cost 100 times less than the same words bought by Luis. It's not that Amazon (or any other big Google advertiser) has better copy writers, it is just that they sell a broader range of things.

Public Broadcasting Service (PBS)
Mar 16, 2006 In Game of Click and Mouse, Advertisers Come Up Empty

QUOTE: pays only when people click on the links. After analyzing where and when each click came from, auditing firm ClickFacts Inc. estimated that 35 percent of the referrals that Radiator paid Google for stemmed from bogus traffic. Likewise, 17 percent of the leads that came from Yahoo search results were illegitimate.

Washington Post
Mar 15, 2006 Judge Says Google Must Hand Over Search Records: Firm Ordered to Comply With Narrower Subpoena

QUOTE: A federal judge said yesterday that Google Inc. needs to turn over thousands of Web search records to the Department of of the first tests of how much information the government will be able to access about the behavior of Web surfers.

Washington Post
Feb 04, 2006 Increasingly, Internet's Data Trail Leads to Court

QUOTE: Who is sending threatening e-mail to a teenager?...asked every day of the companies that provide Internet service and run Web sites. And even though these companies promise to protect the privacy of their users, they routinely hand over the most intimate information in response to legal demands from criminal investigators and lawyers fighting civil cases.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2006 News Analysis: In Case About Google's Secrets, Yours Are Safe

QUOTE: The Justice Department went to court last week to try to force Google, by far the world's largest Internet search engine, to turn over an entire week's worth of searches...But the case itself, according to people involved in it and scholars who are following it, has almost nothing to do with privacy. It will turn, instead, on serious but relatively routine questions about trade secrets and civil procedure.

New York Times
Jan 26, 2006 Just Don't Search . . . Until the Ogling Stops: Don't worry about the government invading your privacy--it's Google and Yahoo! and MSN you should really worry about.

QUOTE: Every search you ever make is carefully recorded and archived....all that search data sounds like a source of legal vulnerability for you. That's because if your company has a fixed IP address, searches made by you and your employees can be traced.

Smart Company

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