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News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
The federal organization overseeing the administration of funds from the 2008 bailout has cracked down on alleged scams that used Bing and Yahoo to lure vulnerable homeowners with ads for bogus mortgage modification deals. The Office of the Special Inspector General for the Troubled Asset Relief Program, or SIGTARP, last week shut down 85...
News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Federal regulators shut down mortgage-modification scams running as ads on Yahoo and Bing, the special inspector general for the Troubled Asset Relief Program said on Monday. Similar ads on Google were shut down last week. The ads falsely promised to lower homeowners’ mortgages in exchange for a fee, often even diverting mortgage...
News Story
11/21/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
SAN FRANCISCO, CA (AP) — A criminal investigation into mortgage swindlers has expanded beyond deceptive advertising on Google's Internet search engine to root out con artists who were luring their victims on Bing and Yahoo, too. Monday's news of the widening probe confirmed that the Internet's three largest search engines had...
Blog Post
10/27/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Has Google taken a page from Microsoft's evil history and started using the same anticompetitive tactics that landed the Redmond, WA., software company in antitrust trouble in the U.S. and Europe?  A exclusive report in The New York Post says that's exactly what the Federal Trade Commission is considering in its major antitrust...
News Story
8/19/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
New tracking technology a 'colossal privacy gaffe,' researcher says Microsoft said it has disabled an online tracking technology that, according to a Stanford University researcher, allowed the company to sneakily track users on MSN.com -- even after they deleted their browser cookies and other identifiers. In an emailed comment...
Blog Post
8/9/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
One of the dangers of using public Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops and the like is that anybody else on the network can read your email, Facebook postings, search requests and easily hack into your account unless the data is encrypted. The most common is SSL encryption using the HTTPS protocol.  If you use it, transmissions between your...
Blog Post
7/18/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Lobbying expenditure reports are due to be filed with the the Senate Office of Public Records Wednesday and you can expect record expenditures from both Facebook and Google. Driven by an antitrust probe, Google could even outspend Microsoft in it's arm-twisting campaign. Our friends at the Center for Responsive Politics' OpenSecrets....
News Story
4/14/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
Safari is the latest browser to hop aboard the "Do Not Track" bandwagon. A report from The Wall Street Journal says the next version of the Safari browser will include "Do Not Track," the tool which lets users disable tracking functionality on certain websites. If the report is accurate, it will mean Safari has joined...
Blog Post
2/2/2011
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google is blasting rival Microsoft for copying its search engine results for use on Microsoft's search service, Bing. Microsoft claims they did nothing wrong and that Google engaged in "a spy-novelesque stunt." I always like a good media stunt and have been accused of committing a few myself by none other than the Internet giant...
News Story
2/2/2011
Posted by Mark Reback
When involved in a spat over allegations of unauthorized copying or misappropriation of content and ideas, Google -- fairly or not -- usually plays the villain... When involved in a spat over allegations of unauthorized copying or misappropriation of content and ideas, Google -- fairly or not -- usually plays the villain, accused of...