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Google Fined $1.7 Billion by E.U. for Unfair Advertising Rules

The antitrust fine, the third imposed on Google by the European Union since 2017, reinforces Europe’s regulatory role as the world’s most aggressive tech watchdog.
Tags: Google, Europe, News, European Union, Search Engines, Warren, Apple Inc, Online Advertising, Elizabeth, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Computers and the Internet, Antitrust Laws and Competition Issues

Ahead of third antitrust ruling, Google announces fresh tweaks to Android in Europe

Google is widely expected to be handed a third antitrust fine in Europe this week, with reports suggesting the European Commission’s decision in its long-running could land later today. Right on cue the search giant has PRed another Android product tweak — which it bills as “supporting choice and competition in Europe”. In the coming months Google says it will start prompting users of existing and new Android devices in Europe to ask which browser and search apps they would like to us...
Tags: Apple, Google, Android, Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Europe, France, Tech, Eu, European Union, Search Engines, Smartphone, Image Search, Policy, Chrome Os

Court Tosses Antitrust Claims That Internet Giants Are Biased Against Conservatives–Freedom Watch v. Google

Apologies if I’m not being appropriately empathetic, but I think lawsuits alleging that Internet giants are biased against conservatives are stupid and counterproductive. They are premised on factually unsupportable assertions of bias, and most of these plaintiffs would enthusiastically cheer such bias so long as it worked against minorities or the libs. Further, there is no viable solution to “fix” bias. “Bias” is intrinsic in every media ecology, so it’s impossible to eradicate. The closest “s...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Law, Search Engines, Sony, Taylor, Brittain, US supreme court, Trump, Cox, Google Facebook, Google Inc, Second Circuit, Facebook Facebook, McFadden, Twitter Twitter

Do Adjacent Organic Search Results Constitute Trademark Infringement? Of Course Not…But…–America CAN! v. CDF

One of the screenshots from the complaint A charitable fundraising organization, America CAN!, has a registered trademark in the phrase “Write off the car, not the Kid.” The organization purports to help the education of high risk youths, and it claims that “100% of the net proceeds go to the kids.” So the “kid” in the trademarked phrase appears to refer to disadvantaged youths, not tax writeoffs for being a parent. As a parent, the pun didn’t work for me. The lawsuit relates to Make-a-Wish Nor...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Yahoo, Law, California, Marketing, America, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Weber, Florida Bar, Cooper, Abraham

Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo added to Chrome as a default search option

DuckDuckGo is now listed as a default search option on Google’s popular Chrome browser. The privacy-focused search engine was added this week as part of the browser's latest update. The post Privacy-focused DuckDuckGo added to Chrome as a default search option appeared first on Digital Trends.
Tags: Chrome, Google, News, Trends, Search Engines, Web, Search, Duckduckgo

The “splinternet” is already here

Keith Wright Contributor Share on Twitter Keith Wright is a Villanova School of Business instructor of Accounting and Information Systems, founder of Simplicity On-Demand LLC and former Senior Vice President for Global Sales Operations for SAP. There is no question that the arrival of a fragmented and divided internet is now upon us. The “splinternet,” where cyberspace is controlled and regulated by different countries is no lo...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Column, Mark Zuckerberg, Asia, South Korea, Net Neutrality, Internet, Washington, North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China, Russia, Censorship, Chief executive officer, Tech

Limerick-Off Monday – Rhyme Word: RACE or ERASE at the end of any one line

It’s Limerick-Off time, once again. And that means I write a limerick, and you write your own, using the same rhyme word. Then you post your limerick(s) as a comment to this post and, if you’re a Facebook user, on Facebook too. I hope you’ll join me in writing limericks using RACE or ERASE at the end of any one line. (Homonyms or homophones are fine.) The best submission will be crowned Limerick-Off Award Winner. (Here’s last week’s Limerick-Off Award Winner.) Additionally, you may write themed...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Search Engines, Humor, Contests, Reputation, Limerick, Writing Prompts, Limericks, Facebook Limerick, Behavior & Personality, Limerick Competition, Limerick Contest, Limerick Writing Contest, Limerick & Haiku Prompts, Limerick-Offs

Google employees can’t just walk away from ethical tradeoffs like Dragonfly

Let me blunt up front: I think Google should launch a censored search engine in China (albeit with careful organizational boundaries). And I think that Google employees who would undermine such a project need to step down and walk out the front door to opportunities more in line with their purported values. I am reacting to Ryan Gallagher’s piece yesterday in The Intercept, in which his sources within the search giant have been tracking changes in the Project Dragonfly software repository, th...
Tags: Google, Asia, New York, Privacy, Government, China, Censorship, Tech, Search Engines, Policy, Amnesty International, Silicon Valley, Capitol Hill, Brussels, Sundar Pichai, Alphabet

Europe agrees platform rules to tackle unfair business practices

The European Union’s political institutions have reached agreement over new rules designed to boost transparency around online platform businesses and curb unfair practices to support traders and other businesses that rely on digital intermediaries for discovery and sales. The European Commission proposed a regulation for fairness and transparency in online platform trading last April. And late yesterday the European Parliament, Council of the EU and Commission reached a political deal on ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Android, Facebook, Ecommerce, Europe, Instagram, Ebay, Google Search, Tech, Eu, European Union, E-commerce, Search Engines, Competition, Commission

Opera adds a free VPN to its Android browser app

Opera became the first browser-maker to bundle a VPN with its service, and now that effort is expanding to mobile. The company announced today that its Android browser app will begin offering a free VPN. The feature will be rolled out to beta users on a gradual basis. The VPN is free and unlimited, and it can be set to locations in America, Europe and Asia as well as an ‘optimal’ setting which hooks up the faster available connection. Switching on the VPN means that user traffic data isn’t colle...
Tags: Android, Startups, Apps, Asia, Europe, America, Search Engines, Web Browsers, Software, Computing, Vpn, Opera, Nasdaq, Freeware, Ad Blocking, America Europe

Alphabet Is in a Tumultuous Time, but the Business Keeps Booming

Google’s parent company, fueled by searches on mobile devices and YouTube’s popularity, continues to have strong financial results.
Tags: Google, News, Youtube, Search Engines, Smartphones, Artificial Intelligence, Pichai, Online Advertising, Google Inc, Alphabet Inc, Company Reports, Computers and the Internet, Sundar,

Unhappy AdWords Advertiser’s Lawsuit Partially Survives Motion to Dismiss–Dreamstime v. Google

Dreamstime sells stock photos. It started running Google AdWords in 2004. In 2015, Google organic (?) referrals to Dreamstime “plummeted,” allegedly reducing its number of new customers by 30% in a year.  (The opinion isn’t crystal-clear that the traffic drop was only organic). In response, Dreamstime took many of the standard steps to rehabilitate its search reputation, plus it increased its AdWords spend by 50%. According to the complaint, “no one, including ‘guru’ search engine optimization c...
Tags: Google, Yahoo, Law, Marketing, Search Engines, Bing, Google Adwords, LLC, Licensing/Contracts, Dreamstime, Google Sherman Act Monopoly Maintenance Dreamstime, Google Dreamstime

China May Have Blocked Microsoft's Bing in Latest Censorship Play: Report

This year is already proving to be challenging for Microsoft’s Bing. It appears as of Wednesday that the search engine is no longer accessible in China, even despite the company’s commitment to censoring its search results.Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Microsoft, China, Censorship, Search Engines, Bing, Project Dragonfly

China Appears to Block Microsoft’s Bing, Despite Company’s Own Censorship

A block, if permanent, would signal that foreign companies can do little to get in Beijing’s good graces as it tightens its grip on online content.
Tags: News, China, Censorship, Search Engines, Software, Beijing, Bing, Microsoft Corp, Computers and the Internet, Politics And Government, China Appears to Block Microsoft, Bing Despite Company

Microsoft confirms Bing is down in China

Microsoft’s Bing is down in China, according to users who took to social media beginning Wednesday afternoon to complain and express concerns. The Seattle-based behemoth has confirmed that its search engine is currently inaccessible in China and is “engaged to determine next steps,” a company spokesperson said in a statement to TechCrunch Thursday morning. The situation appears to be a DNS (domain name system) corruption, one method for China to block websites through its intricate censor sys...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Asia, Microsoft, China, Social Media, Linkedin, Tech, Search Engines, Search Engine, Firewall, Great Firewall, Baidu, Seattle, Bing, Social Network

Advisor to Europe’s top court favors regional limit to ‘right to be forgotten’

Google will be cheered by the view of an influential advisor to Europe’s top court vis-a-vis the territorial scope of the so-called ‘Right to be Forgotten’. Since a 2014 Court of Justice decision, search engines operating in Europe have been required to accept and review requests from private citizens to delist outdated or irrelevant search results associated with their name, balancing decisions against any public right to know. Google has been carrying out these delistings on regional Europe...
Tags: Google, Europe, Lawsuit, Privacy, Google Search, Tech, Eu, European Union, Search Engines, Search Engine, Right To Be Forgotten, Rtbf, Cnil, AG, Court of Justice, Peter Fleischer

2H 2018 Quick Links, Part 3 (Keyword Advertising)

* St. George Executive Shuttle LLC v. Western Trails Charter & Tours LLC, 2018 WL 3350348 (D. Utah July 9, 2018). This is a competitive keyword advertising lawsuit involving the purported trademark “St. George Shuttle” (St. George is a city in Utah). The court denies the defendant’s motion to dismiss as premature. What are the odds the court will void the plaintiff’s “trademark” before this lawsuit is over? * LegalForce RAPC Worldwide v. Swyers,  3:17-cv-07318-MMC (ND Cal. July 17, 2018). Plain...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Utah, Law, Congress, Marketing, Search Engines, DMV, Bing, Trademark, George, Fla, Amazon com Inc, Multi Time Machine, Lasoff, St George Executive Shuttle LLC

See What Podcasts People Are Listening to Right Now

Listen Notes, Lifehacker’s favorite podcast search engine, has a new real-time feed that shows you what podcasts its users are currently listening to. These people are streaming the podcasts on the site, not in their usual player, so this won’t tell you the most popular podcasts overall. In fact, while you’ll see a…Read more...
Tags: Podcasts, Search Engines, Search, Lifehacks, Podcast Discovery, Listen Notes

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

A pioneer of computer science for work combining statistics and linguistics, and an advocate for women in the field.
Tags: England, News, Research, Search Engines, Computer Security, Women and Girls, Biographical Information, GenderAds, Sparck Jones, Karen (1935-2007, Karen Sparck Jones

The Ongoing Saga of the Florida Bar’s Angst About Competitive Keyword Advertising

In August, I reported on the Florida Bar’s continued angst about regulating competitive keyword advertising by lawyers. Read my post, “The Florida Bar and Competitive Keyword Advertising: A Tragicomedy (in 3 Parts),” for the full background. The short story is that in 2013, the Florida Bar considered banning lawyers’ competitive keyword advertising, but surprisingly concluded the process by blessing it. In 2018, the Florida Bar revisited banning competitive keyword advertising–despite five addit...
Tags: Amazon, Florida, Law, California, Marketing, Search Engines, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, Florida Bar, Board of Governors, Jive, Publicity/Privacy Rights, Infogroup, ElitePay Global, CardPaymentOptions Google

Google, Yahoo, MS and FB block child porn related keywords

Google, Facebook, Yahoo, and Microsoft have started blocking keywords related to child pornography and child sexual violence, reports the Economic Times. This comes just months after the Supreme Court imposed a fine of Rs 1 lakh on several tech companies for not updating the court about progress... ...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, News, Supreme Court, Microsoft, Yahoo, Internet, Google Search, Search Engines, Search, Policy, Pornography, Content, Child Pornography, Economic Times

Your Periodic Reminder That Keyword Ad Lawsuits Are Stupid–Passport Health v. Avance

The parties compete for the provision of health services related to traveling, like immunizations. The defendant Avance bought keyword ads triggered on the plaintiff’s trademark “Passport Health.” In 2013, the trademark owner complained, and Avance apparently dropped the Google ad buy. However, apparently everyone forget about Bing. In 2017, the trademark owner reemerged, complaining about the Bing ad buys. This lawsuit ensued. It doesn’t go well for the trademark owner. You kind of get the sens...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Florida, Law, California, Marketing, Search Engines, Bing, Trademark, BPI, Ftc, LCC, GEICO, Troutman Sanders, Jive, Infogroup

How can I remove Google from my life?

Geoffrey writes from his Gmail address to ask how he can stop Google from intruding into almost everythingHow can I stop the intrusion of Google into almost everything? (After I’ve changed my email address.) GeoffreyGoogle’s motto used to be “don’t be evil”, but in the eyes of some it has now taken on the mantle of the “evil empire” from Microsoft, which Bill Gates and crew inherited from the IBM mocked in the Mac’s launch advert in 1984. Continue reading...
Tags: Apple, Chrome, Google, Android, Technology, Microsoft, Internet, Search Engines, Smartphones, Software, Mobile Phones, Bill Gates, Computing, Ibm, Alphabet, Geoffrey

Google still claimed to be blocking search rivals on Android, despite Europe’s antitrust action

Mobile licensing changes made by Google this fall, when it tweaked terms for OEMs wanting to license its Android smartphone platform on devices destined for the European market, don’t appear to be offering succour to search rivals — despite being triggered by an antitrust ruling intended to reset the competitive playing field. The European Commission found the search giant guilty of anti-competitive practices related to its Android platform this summer, slapping the company with a $5BN ...
Tags: Google, Android, TC, Mobile, Europe, Microsoft, France, Germany, Samsung, Tech, Search Engines, Smartphones, Search, Competition, Commission, European Commission

Clawing Back a Bit of Privacy

Home addresses have always been public information. But now they’re too easy to search.
Tags: Twitter, News, Privacy, Search Engines, Google Inc, Facebook Inc, Computers and the Internet, Regulation and Deregulation of Industry, Cyberharassment, Data-Mining and Database Marketing, Reddit Inc, Instagram Inc

New Zealand Official Blasts Google for Publishing Name of Murder Suspect in Trending Newsletter

The government of New Zealand “admonished” search giant Google for publicizing the name of a man charged in the killing of backpacker Grace Millane in Auckland, with justice minister Andrew Little demanding that the company change its algorithms to prevent it from happening again in the future, the New York Times…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Search Engines, Search, New York Times, New Zealand, Free Speech, Auckland, Andrew Little, Grace Millane, Grace Millane Trial

Steve King Demands List of Google Staff So He Can Check If They're God-Fearing Patriots

Google CEO Sundar Pichai finally swung by the House Judiciary Committee on Tuesday for a real clown show of a hearing which—including a denial that the company is planning to launch a censored Chinese search engine “right now”—contained little useful information. Instead, it was mostly Republican members of the…Read more...
Tags: Google, Science, Technology, Search Engines, Search, Sundar Pichai, House Judiciary Committee, Steve King, Tech Policy, Sure Whatever

Google’s Pichai Faces Privacy and Bias Questions in Congress

A House committee grilled Sundar Pichai, the chief executive of Google, about a variety of issues, including worries about personal data and complaints about search results.
Tags: Google, News, Privacy, Congress, Social Media, Search Engines, Ted, House, House Of Representatives, Smith, Mccarthy, Sundar Pichai, Jones, Pichai, Poe, Google Inc