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  1. Weekly Rundown: Lost Google Image Search Traffic, Facebook Search Ads & More

    Google search manipulation starves some websites of traffic – PCWorldHarvard Business School associate professor Ben Edelman, who is a paid Microsoft consultant, puts out another anti-Google study, this time on flight search, and reports an "85...

  2. Google Fights Claims of Bias in Instant, Local Search

    In a recent report, Ben Edelman attacked Google's "use of hard-coding and other adjustments to search results gives Google an important advantage in any sector that requires or benefits from substantial algorithmic search traffic.

  3. Class Action Suit Targets Google for Revealing Users Search Queries

    Merely clicking an advertiser's ad reveals to the advertiser the user's Facebook username or user ID," explained security researcher Ben Edelman. Edelman contends, "I found that a user's username/ID is sent with each and every click in the affected...

  4. Fear the Google

    Harvard Business School's Ben Edelman is perhaps the most notable in this category. Several years ago, I remember a certain "South Park" character positioning Google in a negative light. I'm sure the exact day or time when exuberance turned to fear...

  5. Google's "False & Deceptive" Search Ads

    Ben Edelman's False and Deceptive Pay-Per-Click Ads analysis looks at specific ads on Google.com that seem to violate Google's editorial guidelines and perhaps US laws over "free" services being offered.

  6. New Search Patent Applications: June 27, 2006 - Searching Amongst Malicious Web Sites

    I was reminded of Scandoo and a recent paper from Ben Edelman and SiteAdvisor, The Safety of Internet Search Engines, when reading it. Microsoft's patent applications from the end of last week include ways for search engines to scan malicious web...

  7. Daily SearchCast, Sept. 1, 2005: SEO Book To Fight Traffic Power, Google Advertises To Consumers, Yahoo Accused Of Funding Spyware, Getting Info On The Move With Google, Testing Your SEM Knowledge

    on a new report from adware/spyware campaigner Ben Edelman on how Yahoo ads apparently show up in adware/spyware -- and why it's overdue for advertisers to be able to pick and choose where they appear.