FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

FTC To Search Engines: Do A Better Job Of Labeling Paid Search Results As Ads

A decade ago, the Federal Trade Commission told the major Internet search engines that they should be more transparent about search results that received premium placement because the advertiser paid for it. The companies eventually obliged, but the FTC says that search engines have backslid and begun being less-than-transparent again, and that they could still do more to distinguish between ads and organic search results. [More]

Survey Says We're Not Okay With Search Engines Collecting Personal Data

Survey Says We're Not Okay With Search Engines Collecting Personal Data

As companies like Google and Facebook fall under scrutiny for their online privacy policies, Americans are getting uncomfortable with the the fact that using a search engines could turn over their personal data for collection and targeted advertising. [More]

How To Banish Google's Personalized Gimmickry From Your Search Results

How To Banish Google's Personalized Gimmickry From Your Search Results

If you’re not a fan of Google’s new personal search results and would rather return to the old Googling you’re used to, you can do so with a few simple steps. [More]

Google Warning Infected Users About Malware

Google Warning Infected Users About Malware

Google has started putting a yellow box with a warning at the top of search results pages for users who may have been infected with a certain kind of malware. [More]

Google Turns Its Eyes To The Skies With Flight Tracking Function

Google Turns Its Eyes To The Skies With Flight Tracking Function

In its ongoing effort to maintain prominence in the search engine wars, Google added a handy feature that lets you search the names of two cities, along with “flights from” and “to” in order to get a quick glance of the selection of regular flights that connect them. [More]

Bing, Google Both Gain Search Engine Market Share As Yahoo Fades

Bing, Google Both Gain Search Engine Market Share As Yahoo Fades

Microsoft’s Bing continues to carve out a spot for itself in the search engine market, but it can’t seem to make up much ground against Google, which matched its gains from February to March, according to one report. [More]

Google Slaps Overstock.com On The Wrists For Tinkering With Search Results

Google Slaps Overstock.com On The Wrists For Tinkering With Search Results

The search engine police at Google have penalized Overstock.com after finding that the online retailer was artificially boosting its prominence on search results by effectively paying for links on .edu sites. [More]

Bing Cashback Ends July 30

Bing Cashback Ends July 30

Microsoft said it’s shutting down the Bing Cashback program July 30th. [More]

Should Google Be Broken Apart?

Should Google Be Broken Apart?

The consumer group Consumer Watchdog is planning to ask the Justice Department to “launch an antitrust action against the search giant and seek remedies including a possible break up,” reports the San Francisco Chronicle. The group will host a press conference in Washington, D.C. tomorrow where it will argue that there’s enough evidence to warrant antitrust action from the feds. [More]

Yahoo And Twitter Announce Unholy Alliance Of Social Networking

Yahoo And Twitter Announce Unholy Alliance Of Social Networking

Perhaps as a response to Google’s monumentally successful launch (at least in terms of irritating Gmail users) of Google Buzz, Yahoo announced on Tuesday that they have entered into a partnership of sorts with social networking biggie Twitter, apparently in an attempt to bring Yahoo up to speed with the rest of the Internet. [More]

Ask.com Launches New Service To Find The Best Deals

Ask.com Launches New Service To Find The Best Deals

Ask.com has launched a new service—ask.com/deals—dedicated to finding the best deals online. We don’t know how well it works, but we like the tabs that let you quickly jump to free shipping offers and printable coupons. It might be a decent starting place if you’re in the market for something and need to comparison shop first. Update: Our readers say it’s not worth your time, at least in its current state—results are paltry and frequently old or expired.

Customer Feels Bing-ed By Spontaneously Reduced New Egg/Microsoft Promotion

Customer Feels Bing-ed By Spontaneously Reduced New Egg/Microsoft Promotion

Richard thought he’d take advantage of a joint promotion between Microsoft’s Bing search engine and Newegg that gives you 10 percent refund via PayPal if you click on a Newegg banner on Bing.

Why Is An Andy Richter Movie Stalking Me On Netflix?

Why Is An Andy Richter Movie Stalking Me On Netflix?

Netflix customer service says that search results are unaffected by sponsorships. Still, that doesn’t explain what happened when Melissa Leff tried to add some movies to her Netflix queue: nearly every search she tried brought up the Andy Richter star vehicle Aliens in the Attic.

Create Your Own Bing Vs. Google Death Match

Create Your Own Bing Vs. Google Death Match

Bing vs. Google offers a side-by-side comparison that lets users see for themselves which search engine works better. We tried some searches, and our findings are inside.

Free Restaurant Kids' Meal Database: Crayons Not Included

Free Restaurant Kids' Meal Database: Crayons Not Included

Have you ever asked yourself, “Where can I get a restaurant kids’ meal for free or cheap on a Tuesday within 10 miles of my house?” Even if you haven’t, if you have kids of your own or visiting and want to take them out to eat, use KidsMealsDeals.com to find restaurants with kidlet meal promotions on any given day of the week.

Google: Of Course [Our Advertisers] Are Seeking To Hijack Or Divert Consumers

Google: Of Course [Our Advertisers] Are Seeking To Hijack Or Divert Consumers

American Airlines has dropped its trademark infringement lawsuit against the all-powerful Google Inc. The lawsuit stemmed from the fact that the search engine allows search terms like “AAdvantage,” the trademark name of its frequent flier program, to be linked competitors’ sites that have no connection with American. If there was ever any doubt that Google sells out “proper” net searches to the highest bidder, let that doubt be forever melted away.

Redzee Won't Stop Trying To Scam Charlie's Boss

Redzee Won't Stop Trying To Scam Charlie's Boss

Charlie has had it with the sleazy hard sell from a Redzee sales guy—after bugging her daily for a month, he started urging her to log in to “her account” on Redzee so she could see the amazingly valuable traffic he was generating for her site. “He kept saying that he had clients waiting out the door for the opportunity that he was offering us, and I quite bluntly told him that he should then answer their calls and accept their business because I was not interested.” So what the heck is Redzee?

http://consumerist.com/2008/02/11/yahoo-rejects-microsofts-takeover-bid/

Yahoo rejects Microsoft’s takeover bid for reals for reals. We are safe from the threat of the creation of the world’s largest, crappiest, search engine…for now. [AP]