Chris Pirillo: Quality of Google Search Results Decline?

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Google has introduced its answer to just about every popular Internet technology it can, providing us with alternative operating systems, alternative social networking platforms, and alternative productivity applications. Now Google intends to alter the bread and butter of its operation: its search. Has Google gone too far? Is Google getting too greedy?

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Firefox…Your Guess is as Good as Mine

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I remember the good old days when I used Internet Explorer 6 and it seemed everyone else was using Firefox 2.0. Of course that wasn’t the case as Firefox only had about 15% market share, but users were very vocal about telling you what the best browser was. If I were to write a discouraging word about Firefox, I would get roasted a crispy brown like a turkey in November.

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PC Pitstop Newsletter December 2008 #2

Our Favorite Tips & Tweaks
Ask the Pros a Tech Question
PC Pitstop & Fox ’24’
Optimize in French
Welcome Harry McCracken
Bits from Bill: Is Google Still the Best Search?
TechBite: You’re Paying Too Much!
Technologizer: Hey, This Looks Pretty Good!
Firefox Grows Globally
Warning: Vista SP2 Beta
Tip #1: Indispensable Firefox Addon
Tip #2: Picture a Bargain

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IE 8 Rains On Firefox Parade, Chrome Spikes The Punch

IE 8 Rains on Firefox Parade

At 11:00 AM on Monday August 25th, I decided to try IE 8 beta 2. I did some reading to become familiar with the included features and catch-up on the opinions of others, then I downloaded IE 8. During the download I choose not to install updates to Windows. The download took less than 15 seconds. I clicked the install icon and after a quick reboot it was done.

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PC Pitstop Top 25 Spyware and Adware

PC Pitstop has long been a source of information about unwanted software and how it spreads. Now we’re using our test results database to give you weekly updates about which programs are the most prolific. The prevalence numbers indicate the percent of PCs tested at PC Pitstop where we detected that file running. Our detection works by file name, so some products may be listed multiple times if they consist of two or more files. To check for spyware, adware, unneeded programs, and many other common PC problems, try PC Pitstop Exterminate or our full system scan.

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Search Scout: No Merit Badge

Search Scout is one of the features of the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN). Gator has a partnership with Overture Services to display keyword-based text ads. The GAIN background software monitors the web pages you visit and the information you enter into search forms. If GAIN determines that you are doing a web search, or you are visiting sites that are associated with particular keywords, Search Scout kicks into action and displays Overture advertising or other results that match the keywords.

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Yahoo and Claria

When Yahoo acquired Overture in September 2003, it may have bought itself a load of trouble.

Prior to the Yahoo acquisition, Overture had cut a deal with Gator (which has since changed its name to Claria Corporation) to display Overture pay-per-click advertising to users of the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN). As we’ve noted in earlier investigations, this deal took many Overture customers by surprise. When we contacted some Overture advertisers in September 2003, several were unaware that their ads were now being shown to Gator users and one indicated to us that they had discontinued their Overture advertising as a result.

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Overture and Gator

Several companies that have contacted PC Pitstop are puzzled how they could be associated with Gator when they honestly don’t believe their company does business with Gator Corporation. Our first thought was that there was simply someone else in the organization responsible for advertising through the Gator Advertising Information Network (GAIN), or perhaps that a third-party ad agency they hired was responsible for placing Gator advertising. (For example, adware has caused concern for companies such as Toyota.) However, we have found another way that many companies may unwittingly be advertising on Gator through its partnership with Overture and the Search Scout feature.

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