October 2, 2011 |
A guide to consumer devices and services, and the types of data they collect. •PERSONAL COMPUTERS Web browsers create records of sites you've visited. Google, Bing and other search engines can record the types of searches you're performing, sometimes keeping them for many years. Commerce websites like Amazon.com often keep detailed records of past purchases to be able to recommend items you might like. Many online advertisements, when clicked, make a note of the types of products you might be likely to buy. Social networking sites like Facebook record usage patterns such as the photos you've looked at and whose profile you've viewed.
February 1, 2005 |
Just days after Bill Gates acknowledged Microsoft Corp. was "stupid" for not recognizing the importance of Internet search engines sooner, the software giant today plans to debut one of its own. Microsoft will move its new search engine to the front page of its MSN service, trying to keep Web surfers -- and the advertising dollars that accompany them -- from heading to such rivals as Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. Advertisers spent nearly $3.
July 2, 2010 |
Irvine-based Internet search engine Local.com Corp. said Thursday that it had acquired Octane360, a Los Angeles technology start-up that specializes in online marketing for small businesses and Web domain owners. Local.com said it paid $5 million in cash and stock for Octane360, with up to $5.9 million in additional cash if certain performance criteria are met in the two years after the deal's close. Local.com provides a Web directory of about 14 million local businesses and offers geo-location services that connect consumers with businesses in their immediate area.
June 13, 2007 |
Google Inc. cut the time it keeps the personal search records of its users, an effort to quell privacy concerns raised by European regulators. The owner of the most popular Internet search engine will retain the records for 18 months, down from 18 to 24 months. Google described the new policy in a post on its website written by Peter Fleischer, chief privacy lawyer for the Mountain View, Calif.-based company.
June 3, 2008 |
Microsoft Corp.'s Internet search engine will become the default search program on all personal computers sold in the U.S. and Canada by Hewlett-Packard Co., the world's biggest maker of the machines. The Windows Live Search tool bar will be installed on PCs starting in January, Redmond, Wash.-based Microsoft said Monday. The software also will direct users to Hewlett-Packard's sites, including its photo service Snapfish. Microsoft's search engine, the third most popular, will replace Yahoo Inc.'s as the default on Hewlett-Packard machines.
March 2, 2004 |
Internet giant Yahoo Inc. is adopting a new system for indexing Web pages that will charge businesses to include material currently unlisted in its online search engine, the first volley in a duel with Google Inc. Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Yahoo is touting the approach, scheduled to be announced today, as a practical way to assure that its search engine includes more of the billions of pages that are not found during periodic crawls of the Internet.
July 26, 2006 |
Google Inc. plans to announce today that it will start telling marketers how many times their ads are clicked fraudulently or accidentally, trying to tamp down an increasing concern of its advertisers and investors. Some advertisers have complained that Google, Yahoo Inc. and other search providers don't do enough to prevent "click fraud": clicking on a competitors' ads to drain their advertising budgets or clicking on ads on one's own site to artificially boost revenue.
February 17, 2012 |
The Internet can be a cruel mistress. Demand Media Inc. found that out the hard way. A year ago the Web company, awash in traffic, was the darling of Wall Street, valued at $1 billion in a Jan. 26 initial public offering. Three months later,Google Inc., which had sent millions of visitors a day to Demand's websites, modified its search results to de-emphasize destinations deemed to have lower-quality content. The change throttled the Santa Monica company's traffic nearly 25% between January and July.