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5/1/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
Microsoft, which is trying to position itself in a major advertising campaign as a privacy friendly Internet company, should take a simple step that shows it means what it says. Online tracking is pervasive and invasive on the Internet.  The most insidious is performed by companies that most consumers don't even know exist, so-called 3rd...
News Story
4/30/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Google once appeared headed for major clashes with regulators — in the United States or Europe, or both — as government officials sought to curb alleged abuses by one of the world’s most powerful and profitable technology companies. But the clouds over Google’s Silicon Valley headquarters have largely cleared over the past...
News Story
4/9/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — Microsoft is skewering Google again with scathing ads that say as much about the dramatic shift in the technology industry's competitive landscape as they do about the animosity between the two rivals. The missive being launched today marks the third phase in a 5-month-old marketing campaign that Microsoft Corp....
News Story
3/29/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Creating A Standard Is Tougher Than It Looks, Apparently The World Wide Web Consortium, an international group of academics, consumer advocates, and representatives from business, has among its mandates one of acute interest to the online ad industry: how web sites should respond when a user says he'd rather not be tracked, a so-called "...
News Story
3/6/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Software giant takes full responsibility in case SEATTLE – The $731 million fine European regulators slapped on Microsoft Wednesday for failing to abide by an antitrust sanction, reinforces the European Union's longstanding insistence on fair competition. What's more, the huge penalty also signaled that Europe won't easily be...
News Story
2/17/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
Escalating one of tech's biggest rivalries, Microsoft is accusing Google (GOOG) of compromising the privacy of Gmail users -- leveling the charge in an unusual, in-your-face ad campaign that it hopes will resonate with consumers even if some analysts call it alarmist and irresponsible. The public attacks -- in print, television and billboard...
News Release
12/18/2012
Posted by Carmen Balber
WASHINGTON, DC – Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to take over the ongoing federal antitrust probe of Google after the company’s chairman in a news interview equated it with antitrust poster child Microsoft in the 1990s. The Federal Trade Commission appears ready to conclude its 20-month investigation...
News Story
10/19/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft instituted a policy on Friday that gives the company broad leeway over how it gathers and uses personal information from consumers of its free, Web-based products like e-mail, search and instant messaging. Almost no one noticed, however, even though Microsoft's policy changes are much the same as those that Google made to its...
News Story
9/21/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Microsoft is launching an attack-ad campaign, warning Safari users that Google might have tracked them without their permission, and promising that Bing won't do the same. It's not clear how widespread the campaign is, but it's certainly an attention-grabber. The campaign is based on a $22.5 million fine Google agreed to pay to the...
News Story
6/27/2012
Posted by Mark Reback
Online advertisers and privacy advocates generally agree that Do Not Track options should be available on Web browsers. However, there's much debate about whether DNT should be opt-in or opt-out. "The privacy-friendly thing is to have DNT on by default," said Consumer Watchdog's John Simpson. But advertisers say turning on DNT...