A New York crackdown targeted companies who purchased and created fake online business reviews. A total of seven companies offering "reputation enhancement" services were caught in the year-long investigation, along with their clients.
Yelp now will let users leave reviews for businesses via their smartphones. Separately, Yelp also announced that is releasing a new batch of alerts on profiles where business owners have used some sort of incentive in return for great reviews.
The Korean FTC stated Google was not demonstrating an unfair advantage by preloading its search engine on Android mobile phones. While this is one small battle won by Google, it still has its hands full with an ongoing antitrust battle in Europe.
Although Google escaped relatively unscathed from a U.S. antitrust investigation into its business practices by the FTC, Europe may bring a less favorable result for the dominant search engine, based on comments by the EU competition commissioner.
Microsoft has added a 'Privacy Protection' page to its Bing website, where it reminds anyone who will listen that earlier this year Google was fined $22.5 million by the FTC. Google was tracking Safari users through what it called a mistake.
Can Google remain an unbiased search engine while deriving income from advertising and affiliate marketing on search engine results pages? Maybe this is what Google’s Susan Wojcicki and FTC Chairman Jon Leibowitz chatted about over lunch yesterday.
The FTC antitrust probe examining Google has moved past the initial stages. The investigation will now seek evidence to back specific claims and will delve deeper into key areas of Google's behavior, including elements of search, Android, and Places.
Deal du Jour, a French daily deal company, has filed an antitrust complaint to the European Commission, claiming it was removed from Google’s index and blocked from using AdSense. This will be the 10th complaint to get investigated by the EC.