See Google Results From Any Country With Firefox Extension

RedFly Marketing developed a Firefox extension that enables you to see Google search results from any country. It is well known that Google will change the search results for a keyword phrase based on the country you are searching in. This new Firefox extension easily allows you to see the localized search results, as if you are sitting in that country. This works both with organic and sponsored search results. For more information on this tool or to download it, visit here. [...]


eBay Partners With Yahoo To Create “eBay Toolbar”

eBay Launches Yahoo Co-Branded Toolbar from AuctionBytes reports that eBay has partnered with Yahoo to co-brand a toolbar. The eBay Toolbar not only allows you to search the complete web, but also enables you to search eBay properties such as eBay, eBay Express and Half.com. You can also easily access your Yahoo Mail and My eBay. The toolbar has "Account Guard" which helps protect against PayPal and eBay fraud. Plus there is a bid tool feature that alerts you on auctions you are participating in. You can learn more about the eBay Toolbar over here. [...]


Google Asks For Formal Role In Microsoft Anti-Trust Dispute

New Google filing presses for role in Microsoft case from the Seattle PI covers how Google has now formally applied for a direct role to participate in how a judge evaluates whether Microsoft's desktop search in the Vista operating system violates an anti-trust agreement. In the last installment of this saga, the judge had ruled that she was satisfied with changes that Microsoft proposes to make to how desktop search operates and that if Google disagreed, it needed to work through the US Justice Department and various state attorneys that are party to the Microsoft anti-trust settlement. G [...]


Google Wants DOJ To Continue Microsoft Antitrust Restrictions

Google seeks to extend Microsoft antitrust decree from Reuters reports that Google has asked a federal judge to lengthen the period when Microsoft's operating system is subject to antitrust reviews in order to ensure desktop search players can remain competitive with Microsoft. Last week, Microsoft agreed to change various ways they handled the integration of desktop search in Vista, in response to a complaint lodged by Google. However, Google remains worried that the changes won't be fully in place before the wide-ranging "consent decree" reached between Microsoft and the US go [...]


Microsoft To Change Desktop Search In Vista Over Google Antitrust Claim

Microsoft to change Vista after Google complaint from Reuters reports that Microsoft has agreed to make changes to their Vista desktop search application to make it easier for people to change the default search provider. Microsoft will make the changes in reaction to a Google antitrust complaint lodged with the US Justice Department. Google claimed that the manner in which desktop search was built in to Vista put competitors at an unfair disadvantage. Microsoft said they will change it so that it would make it easier for people to select their own desktop search default. In addition, Micros [...]


Google Claims Antitrust Foul Over Microsoft’s Desktop Search In Vista

Both the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have good stories out about how Google is asking the US Justice Department to investigate whether the desktop search tool built into Microsoft's Vista operating system violates a 2002 anti-trust action settlement that the US reached with Microsoft preventing it from designing operating systems that limit consumer choice. Google Intensifies Microsoft Fight is the story from the Wall Street Journal that covers how Google sent a 50 page white paper to the Justice Department and various state attorneys in April covering its allegations against [...]


Google & Dell’s Revenue-Generating URL Error Pages Drawing Fire

Last year, Google signed a landmark deal to become the default search engine on new Dell computers, plus to bundle Google software. Now, people are noting anew that a consequence of the deal seems to be pushing Dell users to search results dominated by Google ads, rather than editorial listings. Google's Browser Address Error Redirector from Google Operating System and Google turns the page… in a bad way from the OpenDNS Blog cover the same issue, a "feature" called "Browser Address Error Redirector" that sends those using Dell computers and trying to reach non-existe [...]


Google Takes Action To ‘Strip’ Confidential Information From Google Blacklist

Vnunet reports that Google has admitted to the leak of passwords via the Google Blacklist. But Google has also issued a statement saying that they "procedures have been put in place to strip login information from future submissions." As I noted yesterday, this is not the first time confidential information has been found in Google's phishing blacklist, but hopefully, this will be the last time. [...]


Google’s Blacklist Of Phishing Sites Contained Bank Information & More Confidential Details

Google Blacklist Contained Confidential Information at Techcrunch reports that Google's phishing blacklist, which is publicly available for anyone to see, had confidential information enclosed. Such information included "usernames and passwords of individuals, including credentials for accounts at banks and other financial institutions." Google has quietly removed the information that may put users at risk, but it just shows us that this can happen. Danny discussed the other week, his experience with the Google & Firefox 2 Anti-Phishing Warning when he went to his bank online. The Google [...]


Google & Firefox 2 Anti-Phishing Warning In Action

Last month, I covered a number of ways that browsers and search engines are working together to protect surfers from phishing sites. These are sites pretending to be run by someone else, such as bank, in hopes of catching your personal log-in information. This week while doing my banking, I got to see a phishing warning actually happen through the Google - Firefox 2 partnership. It was also an incorrect warning, which made the experience even more interesting. Below, a look at what happened when I visited Citibank. I went to the CitiCards site, which I've long used. I typed in the URL, r [...]


Google Toolbar For Firefox 3.0 Adds Great Features

Google Operating System reports that Google released a new toolbar for Firefox. The toolbar has many of the features of the Internet Explorer version but also has some features of its own. My favorite new feature is the ability to drag a file on your browser and it automatically add it to Google Docs & Spreadsheets, the supported file types include; doc, rtf, odf, sxw, cls, ods, and csv. Other features include custom buttons, a "Send To" that sends web pages via email, text message (SMS), or blog, Google Bookmarks integration and Google Account Sign-in. A full feature list can be found her [...]


AOL Has “Safest” Results & Free Results Safer Than Paid

A new survey from McAfee finds that AOL has the "safest" search results in terms of not listing sites that might be somehow be risky or unsafe for searchers. But most interesting to me was the fact paid results across the board were found far riskier than free, organic results. Let's do the numbers, some summary plus tools that will help protect you and how to see if Google thinks you've been naughty. In terms of unsafe results, most of the major search engines are pretty clean. McAfee ran 2,500 queries, looked to five pages deep, then assessed the "safety" of the sites [...]


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