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    Exclamation Major Advertisers Caught in Spyware Net

    "among its users, including broadband phone provider Vonage Holdings Corp., online employment agency Monster Worldwide Inc. and online travel agencies Expedia Inc., Inc. and Orbitz LLC"
    "Yahoo Inc. (Nasdaq:YHOO - news) made a deal with adware company Claria Corp., formerly known as Gator Corp., to provide search listings for its SearchScout toolbar. The popular search engines Ask Jeeves and Google also benefit from adware, says Internet researcher Benjamin Edelman."

    Reinforces my opinion that a lot of merchants and SEs are hypocritical &*%$. oh well... nothing new.

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    You missed this bit:

    "So far, law enforcement has mostly targeted the transmitters. Intermix Media Inc. has agreed to pay $7.5 million in a tentative settlement of a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Eliot Spitzer.

    But Spitzer isn't stopping there. He is threatening to hold accountable household-name advertisers that use adware networks. No longer, says Spitzer, can companies play dumb."

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    Here's another article. Little Agreement on Spyware Guidelines

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    jacked by sylon
    Where have you been hiding happypoon?

    Haven't seen you on ABW in a long time.

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    2005 Linkshare Golden Link Award Winner  ecomcity's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by happypoon
    What's up there Happypoon. If your like me you'll endorse the MS Anti-Spyware package and upcoming OneCare" suite as the Gold Standard. Your cookie monster program preferrs leaving the affiliate network cookies alone.

    The article said: "Many anti-spyware programs scour computer hard drives for those data-tracking files called cookies that we often get from Web visits. Microsoft Corp.'s tool does not. And there are disputes aplenty about whether certain widely used advertising programs circulating on the Internet are clean of spyware."

    From Ben Edlemans site... "I see at least two distinct problems here. First, Google's payments are helping to fund purveyors of unwanted software -- making the spyware problem that much larger. Second, even advertisers who hate spyware are inadvertently advertising through these channels -- intending to rely on Google's promise of "high-quality" partner sites, although this promise may be overly optimistic.

    Perhaps Google will make excuses for its so-called "partners." But the company's "don't be evil" slogan and its Software Principles document suggest another possibility: That Google entirely disassociate itself from those who use tricky practices to get their advertising software onto users' PCs. Stay tuned....."
    Last edited by ecomcity; June 25th, 2005 at 04:47 PM.
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