Search Engines and Privacy

Wired runs an article on search engines using cookies to track searcher behavior. There is a certain “haven’t-we-heard-this-before” scaremongering in articles like this, especially the continued drumbeating against cookies and Gmail (which is a terrific service, BTW—best email account I’ve…

Webloyalty.com, Inc. v. Consumer Innovations LLC

Webloyalty.com, Inc. v. Consumer Innovations LLC, 73 U.S.P.Q. 2d 1898 (D. Del. Jan. 13, 2005). The parties compete in the online club membership business, selling packages of services that combine price discounts, insurance-esque protections and other low-value services that consumers…

The Portalization of Google

What’s left to complete the portalization of Google? It seems like in the past couple of months, they have significantly expanded the number of times I see Google-sourced content at the top of the search results list. Search for “Milwaukee…

An AFP Licensee Tells His Story of Being Kicked Out of Google News

I mentioned before that content licensors in practice cannot prevent licensees from indexing the content in search engines. There are two reasons why this is true. First, content licensees may depend on search engine traffic to pay the bills, and…

Who Gets Indexed in Google News?

I still have no idea how Google decides which news sources are among the 4,500 indexed in Google News. Google News’ FAQ has the following: “What if I don’t see my favorite news source in Google News? We’re as shocked…

AFP v. Google News Update

AP story recapping AFP v. Google, quoting Zittrain and von Lohmann (among others). Contrary to some popular press reports, it appears that AFP is pressing on with the lawsuit despite Google’s redoubled efforts to kick them out of Google News….

Initial Assessment of AFP v. Google

Lots of buzz about AFP’s lawsuit against Google for displaying AFP’s headlines and photos in Google News. Personally, I think Google News is great, and I use it often. However, we can’t let our love for Google blind us to…

Google/Viaticum, Luteciel

New ruling from the Versailles Court of Appeals in the Google/Viaticum, Luteciel case over Google France’s sale of the keywords “bourse de voyages”, “bourse de vols” and “bdv” to competitors. Once again, Google France loses. The French courts continue to…

My Experiences with AdSense

USA Today article discussing AdSense. I’ve been using AdSense on my blog and website for the past couple of weeks. In general, I’m pretty happy with it—the AdSense ads are usually fairly relevant to my audience. In some cases, where…

Google Punishes Itself for Cloaking

See eWeek article. My previous post. Thanks to Slashdot for the followup.