Daily SearchCast, Dec. 20, 2007: GoogleClick Approved; Google Airwaves Coming? And More!

Google gets the DoubleClick deal approved. New Google videos on protecting privacy. Does AskEraser really erase your searches? Google gets to bid on airwaves. Plus more in today's show!

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Stories Discussed In The Show

  • FTC's Xmas Gift To Google: Approval Of DoubleClick Acquisition
    The US Federal Trade Commission has granted its approval for Google to purchase DoubleClick. Google has a press release up with the news, and the FTC announcement is here. The many parties have raised privacy issues with the deal, the FTC noted this was not germane to its approval:...
  • Viacom & Microsoft Announce Major Content, Ads Deal
    Today Microsoft and Viacom announced a wide-ranging content and advertising deal that involves Viacom content distribution on Microsoft-owned sites, ad serving by Microsoft on Viacom properties, mutual distribution of game-related content and ads, as well as collaboration in other areas. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of the announcement are apparent...
  • New Google Privacy Videos Offer Advice On Product Settings
    If US Congressman Joe Barton never got an answer to his many questions about Google Privacy (which I thought wasted time asking for stuff an intern could locate), perhaps he'll be happy watching some of Google's latest videos released that cover some very specific privacy issues on a product-by-product basis....
  • Privacy Group Finds Flaws In AskEraser's Privacy Tool
    Group says Ask's privacy feature is flawed from News.com reports that the Electronic Privacy Information Center has found a few flaws in AskEraser, Ask.com new privacy searching feature. The three problems are: AskEraser uses an opt-out cookie instead of an opt-in cookie. Ask stores the time that the user enables...
  • Microsoft Live Search Fixes Issue With Listing Google AdWords Ads
    Earlier today, we reported that over 4 million Google AdSense ads were being indexed by Microsoft Live Search. Tonight, the Microsoft Live Search Webmaster Center blog has posted that they've identified and fixed the issue and that search results should return to normal within the next few days....
  • Google, Yahoo & Microsoft To Pay $31.5M For Illegal Gambling Ads
    Microsoft, Google, Yahoo to Pay $31.5M Over Illegal Gambling Ads from ABC News reports the big three search engine companies settled with the US Justice Department to pay $31.5 million to educate that online gambling is illegal in the United States. Microsoft is paying the most with $21 million, followed...
  • FCC Accepts Google Airwaves, Inc's 700MHz Application; AT&T's Deemed Incomplete
    When the applications were submitted to the FCC to bid in the forthcoming 700MHz wireless spectrum auction, it appeared that there were going to be a handful of major bidders: Verizon, AT&T, Cox Communications, Frontier Wireless, MetroPCS and Google. In fact there were 266 would-be bidders that submitted applications, although...
  • Google Removes RSS Feeds From Search Results
    The Google Webmaster Central Blog announced that Google will no longer include RSS feeds in their search results, with the exception of podcast feeds. The reasoning behind Google dropping RSS feeds from the results is that it is very likely that the RSS feed is a text duplication of an...
  • Google Improves Results For Supplemental Pages
    According to a new post on the Google Webmaster Central blog, the supplemental index is no longer, well, supplemental. Google has long had a two-tiered index and webmasters have generally feared the second, supplemental tier. A Forbes article earlier this year called it "Google Hell", as historically, those pages weren't...
  • Google & Human Quality Reviews: Old News Returns
    A quote from Google's director of research Peter Norvig in an article at Technology Review about how human reviewers assess Google's search quality is starting to pick up play on the web and will no doubt grow. Problem is, it's not news. Still, I suppose it's interesting to those who...
  • Shellen, Google Reader's PM, Joins LiveJournal
    Former Blogger Googler Shellen joins LiveJournal from News.com reports Jason Shellen, the former Google Reader product manager is joining LiveJournal as the vice president of product development. Shellen announced his departure from Google in July of this year. He said he left because he has the "entrepreneurial/start-up bug," where he...

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