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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"

Coupons.com and TRUSTe: Lots of Talk, Too Little Action

Coupons.com continues to use deceptive filenames and registry keys that falsely indicate they’re part of Windows — some 6+ months after I uncovered this practice. Although TRUSTe last month announced that Coupons.com had stopped these practices, my t… → Read More: Coupons.com and TRUSTe: Lots of Talk, Too Little Action

Delaying Payment to Deter Online Advertising Fraud

I introduce an alternative method of fraud prevention for certain online advertising systems. By delaying payments, a merchant or network differentially harms bad affiliates (who rightly worry they may get caught) without unduly harming good affiliates… → Read More: Delaying Payment to Deter Online Advertising Fraud

Critiquing C-NetMedia’s Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

I examine anti-spyware software from C-NetMedia. I show deceptive advertising for C-Net’s products, including product names, ad text, and web site designs that falsely suggest affiliation with security industry leaders. I examine C-Net’s use of many d… → Read More: Critiquing C-NetMedia’s Anti-Spyware Offerings and Advertising Practices

Sears Exposes Customer Purchase History in Violation of Its Privacy Policy

I show that Sears’ ManageMyHome site provides detailed customer purchase data without effective security measures. → Read More: Sears Exposes Customer Purchase History in Violation of Its Privacy Policy

The Sears "Community" Installation of ComScore

I critique a Sears installation of ComScore software without meaningful notice or consent. I present the entire installation sequence in screenshots and video, then explain why the limited notice falls far short of applicable FTC standards. I also sho… → Read More: The Sears "Community" Installation of ComScore

A Closer Look at Coupons.com

I examine software from Coupons.com. Key findings: Coupons.com disguises some of its key files to make them look like they’re part of Windows. These files stay on disk even if a user requests removal of Coupons.com. Coupons.com prints a user ID on e… → Read More: A Closer Look at Coupons.com

Zango’s Compliance Problems

Despite Zango’s 2006 settlement with the FTC, Zango continues behaviors exactly contrary to what the settlement specifies — including installations lacking out-of-EULA disclosure of Zango’s material terms, and including unlabeled ads that don’t tell u… → Read More: Zango’s Compliance Problems