Thursday, July 26, 2007

Emotions against Google!

Are emotions running high against Google? All of a sudden, everything is going against the search giant, except of course, the big-moolah. Sample this:

  • Who's who of IT industry questioning Google's monopolistic move to buyout DoubleClick - the list is getting longer everyday.

  • $1 billion lawsuit from Viacom for YouTube's alleged copyright infringement.

  • Privacy International placing Google dead last in its evaluation of Internet service companies in terms of consumer data protection, labeling it hostile to privacy.

  • Came under the scanner for keeping a lifelong record of every search query of each of its users, along with the IP address the query was executed from and a cookie ID to link together queries from a user's computer even if the IP address changes - a direct link to the point preceding this.

  • Allegations that Google underestimates click fraud rates even after it paid a $90 million settlement in a click fraud case in March of last year.

  • Amazon deciding to use M$'s Live Search over Google's to provide search results on its site.

  • Today's news that prompted this article, Microsoft replaces Google as the exclusive provider of display and contextual advertising on Digg.

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