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The TREC 2008 Blog track workshop

We just came back from Gaithersburg a few days ago. It was a nice (and cold!) week at the TREC 2008 conference. Besides presenting the main results of our participation in the Blog, Enterprise, and Relevance Feedback tracks, we had fruitful discussions… → Read More: The TREC 2008 Blog track workshop

TREC 2008

Shortly, we will be travelling to attend the TREC 2008 conference in Gaithersburg, Maryland (18-21 November 2008). We have been very busy analysing the sheer volume of data that was collected in the Blog track this year. Indeed, this year, we ran a ve… → Read More: TREC 2008

Privacy Lapse at Google JotSpot

Google’s JotSpot service posts sensitive user data, despite specific promises to the contrary in JotSpot’s privacy policy. JotSpot even allows this information to be indexed by Google’s search crawlers. JotSpot’s postings are, by all indications, accid… → Read More: Privacy Lapse at Google JotSpot

Hydra Media’s Pop-Up Problem — Ten Examples

Affiliate marketer Hydra Network claims to be tough on fraud. But my AutoTester has seen Hydra affiliates receiving traffic from spyware or adware on fully 1,343 occasions. Today I’m posting ten examples — ten different Hydra affiliates using five di… → Read More: Hydra Media’s Pop-Up Problem — Ten Examples

CPA Advertising Fraud: Forced Clicks and Invisible Windows

Not all CPA fraud requires placing (or using) spyware or adware on a user’s PC. In today’s article, I show three examples of affiliates cheating CPA merchants using only a web browser — without any special software on users’ PCs. In particular, I show… → Read More: CPA Advertising Fraud: Forced Clicks and Invisible Windows

Auditing Spyware Advertising Fraud: Wasted Spending at VistaPrint

This month and last, my AutoTester observed more than two dozen different affiliates cheating VistaPrint through spyware pop-ups — in each instance, using “self-targeting” to claim affiliate commission on traffic VistaPrint would otherwise have receiv… → Read More: Auditing Spyware Advertising Fraud: Wasted Spending at VistaPrint

Competition among Sponsored Search Services

Last month I was invited to Congress about competition among paid search providers, particularly Google’s proposed purchase of susbtantial advertising inventory from Yahoo. At the last minute, the hearing was cancelled, and I won’t be able to testify … → Read More: Competition among Sponsored Search Services

PPC Platform Competition and Google’s "May Not Copy" Restriction

A little-noticed Google AdWords API Terms and Conditions restriction substantially hinders advertisers’ efforts to use multiple providers — prohibiting software vendors from using Google’s API to help advertisers copy AdWords campaigns to competing pl… → Read More: PPC Platform Competition and Google’s "May Not Copy" Restriction

Running Out of Numbers? The Impending Scarcity of IPv4 Addresses and What To Do About It

The Internet’s current IPv4 numbering system is nearing exhaustion, and transition incentives hinder rapid v6 deployment. In that context, I present market mechanisms to reallocate existing v4 addresses and facilitate continued use of v4. In particula… → Read More: Running Out of Numbers? The Impending Scarcity of IPv4 Addresses and What To Do About It

Debunking Zango’s "Content Economy"

I examine Zango’s media library. I find widespread copyrighted videos presented without any indication of license from the corresponding rights-holders. I also find widespread sexually-explicit material, including prominent explicit material nowhere … → Read More: Debunking Zango’s "Content Economy"