Business issues - a general catchall for all seo business related discussions

Affiliates and Merchants get two class action law suits filed against Commission Junction, BeFree and ValueClick on their behalf

The Affiliate marketing industry has had a change of events recently, as on the 20th April this year the centre of attention for lawsuits was drawn to Adware, the importance of this case should not be

Matt Cutts : Google will reduce cookie expire time

Matt Cutts noted in his blog that Google is considering to limit the cookie expire time from it's current multi-decade setup to something much lower.

Google : Microsoft Vista Sucks

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) - Internet search leader Google Inc. is trying to convince federal and state authorities that Microsoft Corp.'s Vista operating system is stifling competition as the high-tech heavyweights wrestle for the allegiance of personal computer users.

Privacy - Give it Up

It would be great if we could open this debate to discuss what privacy standards we demand all internet companies adhere to.

Newspapers warming up to Yahoo!

It looks like Yahoo's long term is quite sustainable. Creating a win-win with publishers is a strength that should server Yahoo! very well.

Googles privacy practices are the worst on the Internet

While this isn't a surprise to any of the regular TW audience it is nice to see that main stream press is starting to get it via Yahoo News

Google is Now The Morality Police on the Internet

Google recently updated their webmaster guidelines to address the issues of linking on the web. The language chosen seems to imply that someone has appointed Google the judge and jury of morality and law on the internet.Webmaster Guidelines

Following these guidelines will help Google find, index, and rank your site. Even if you choose not to implement any of these suggestions, we strongly encourage you to pay very close attention to the "Quality Guidelines," which outline some of the illicit practices that may lead to a site being removed entirely from the Google index or otherwise penalized. If a site has been penalized, it may no longer show up in results on or on any of Google's partner sites.

CNN - Powered by Bias

Threadwatch earlier reported that CNN was using Wordpress, and embracing the world of Web 2.0 user generated content. However...

Ebay threatens to create 'Adwords Killer' using auction system

Interesting read.. ebay to make 'adwords killer' ... Full Story

Google Acquires PeakStream; Software Development Company

engine posted this over on WebmasterWorld a short while ago and I didn't see it posted here yet so I wanted to share it.

Danny Sullivan is a SPAMMER

via SE Roundtable it emerges that Danny has finally been convinced in the oomph of the dark arts.

'Google Earth a tool for terrorists'

The Smoking Gun is running an article now saying that terrorists are using Google Earth to plot terror attacks. Full Story

Yahoo! releases API for 'Panama'

API program for Panama is now live.

CNN 'powered by Wordpress'

I was poking around on the CNN site, and found that it was powered by Wordpress -

Google Bought Feedburner

Some loud.. very loud rumors that Google is looking at feedburner for about 100 million.

update: purchase announcement

Big Plays in the Domain Market

SnapNames, the leading domain auction, was bought today by Fabulous is using registrars as a sales channel. Not that .info is one of the better extensions, but good ones no longer drop.

Google Slams Swedish Legislation Citing Privacy Concerns

From The Local

The proposal, which would allow the National Defence Radio Establishment (Försvarets Radioanstalt - FRA) to monitor e-mail and telephone traffic coming in and out of the country, has met with fierce criticism from several quarters within Sweden. But Google had remained relatively silent on the issue, until now.

"We simply cannot compromise our users' integrity by allowing Swedish authorities access to data that may not even concern Swedish activity," said Fleischer.

GoDaddy taking over RegisterFly domains

When we last left them they were Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SS RegisterFly.

Try adding &imgtype=face to google image search

Neven Vision acquisition leads to face detection technology at Google Image Search. Literally Google can now tell if the image was a picture of Paris Hilton or if it's just a picture of Paris, France.

EU Probes Google Over Privacy Concerns

BRUSSELS, Belgium (AP) - An independent European Union panel has launched an investigation into whether Google Inc. (GOOG)'s Internet search engine abides by European privacy rules.