Microsoft Bing Beat Google in Social in 2010

Bing may be well behind Google in the search market, but it has trumped Google in social software tools, thanks to its Liked Results deal with Facebook. Microsoft recently began indexing Facebook user profiles to surface contacts that are relevant to the searcher. The company also added Liked Results, displaying the Websites and links “liked” […]

EU Chews on Web Cookies

Seeking to be a leader in protecting online privacy, the European Union last year passed a law requiring companies to obtain consent from Web users when tracking files such as cookies are placed on users’ computers. Europe’s effort to regulate online “cookies” is crumbling, exposing how tough it is to curb the practice of tracking […]

Websites Rein In Tracking Tools

Major websites are moving to limit the number of tracking technologies like “cookies” spreading on their sites, hoping to keep lucrative data about visitors for themselves—and avoid privacy risks. More sites are counting the number of tracking tools—software that can clandestinely monitor people’s activities online—that are being installed on the computers of people who visit […]

Buyers Beware! Facebook User IDs were sold to broker.

Some developers at Facebook Inc. were placed on a six-month suspension because they sold identifying user information to a broker, according to a post on the company’s blog. Palo Alto-based Facebook said on its developers’ blog that it discovered some instances where a data broker was paying developers for user IDs. More Information For more […]

Could Facebook be bluffing on search-engine plans?

Facebook this week announced a major partnership with Bing. Your Facebook connections now affect the search results delivered by Microsoft’s search engine. The update means that a box will be added to Bing search results showing relevant Web links that have been “liked” by your Facebook friends. What’s more, when you search for a name, […]