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    Angry Google Toolbar Becoming A Parasite?!?
    I want to make sure that everyone had a chance to read Walter Mossberg's column in the WSJ today regarding the new AutoLink feature in the Google Toolbar Beta.

    While the initial beta limits auto linking to maps, ISBN Numbers(that link to Amazon) and Auto VINs, there are some serious concerns over what there next "beta" will include. This looks like a very slippery slope......

    This quote best sums it up.

    Still, the feature has disturbing consequences for Web site owners. In my tests, for instance, it added links to the addresses of movie theaters I had called up in a Yahoo page, and the links took me to Google Maps, not to Yahoo's own map page. When I looked up a book on eCampus, a book-selling site, AutoLink turned the ISBN numbers on the page into links to Amazon, which competes with eCampus to sell the books. When I looked up a used car for sale on AutoTrader, AutoLink turned the VIN numbers into links to Carfax, not to a competing auto-history-report seller, AutoCheck, used by AutoTrader.

    If the principle behind AutoLink were to take hold, there would be nothing to stop Microsoft from adding a feature to Internet Explorer that would replace the ads on a Google search-results page with ads sold by Microsoft's MSN service.
    NOTE: If anyone would like a PDF copy of the WSJ article please PM me. I did not post here due to copyright concerns.

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    Hi rhkocatas,

    Man this maze is getting hard to maneuver ... Seems like we might me riding on another sinking ship?

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    My question is will this have a positive impact on Adsense and a negative impact on everything else?


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    I don't see how this is positive for Adsense (Or for anything else....). How would you see this as a positive?

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    Walter Mossberg's column in the WSJ today regarding the new AutoLink feature in the Google Toolbar Beta.
    I saw that in the paper edition... Usually I'm not too fond of Mossberg, but this time I'm right with him!

    And I'm glad it hit the WSJ, because now this problem is where the money people can see it! And it'll probably take some deep pocketed companies seeing it, to draw the lawyers out.

    I had called up in a Yahoo page, and the links took me to Google Maps, not to Yahoo's own map page.~Mossberg
    If anyone'll sue, it'll be Yahoo! Unlike the bookstore in the other thread, Yahoo has an interest in nuking Google--they're the competition. Having a way to embarrass Google dropped right into their lap, along with a perfect reason to sue, will probably be an irresistable idea.
    There is no knowledge that is not power. ~Hemingway

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    The latest scuttlebutt today is Google talking of modifying or scrapping this parasite autolink feature. Read at http://www.webpronews.com/insiderrep...oAutoLink.html
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