gateur writes: After years of fighting, Yahoo has finally agreed to settle a class action suit filed for their resale of click advertising to disreputable sites. As expected, Yahoo claims they have settled only to move past the matter and refuses to admit to their unsavory past actions. As one of those members of the class who lost thousands of dollars to click fraud promoted by Yahoo through their partner sites, I wonder whether the $4 million they must pay the law firm will cause them to mend their ways. After all, the loss of a sufficient number of advertisers to make their ad platform financially viable didn't seem to do the trick.
gateur writes: "I have several websites that recently began seeing a substantial increase in traffic. Upon further investigation I found the increase is from a single source... MS Live Search. In all cases the IP address belongs to a particular class C, 65.55.110.xxx, at Microsoft Corporation (a different network segment from that of Live.com). The search contains only a single common keyword, such as "business", yet the site receiving the hit does not appear in the search results for that keyword on MS Live. I operate about a dozen websites and see this traffic on only those which appear in the top 10 results on Google. I'm wondering if anyone else is seeing this same anomaly in their traffic reports, and whether Microsoft is trying to fudge the numbers so site owners think they have more traffic from Live.com than really exists."
gateur writes: "I have been following information about the upcoming FCC spectrum auction. To make that effort easier I went to the FCC Web site to find their RSS feed so I could get the latest news and information releases on and ongoing basis.
I was amazed to find that, of all the agencies in the federal government, the one agency most responsible for the Internet is the only primary agency that does not offer an RSS feed.
The FTC has it, the FDA has it, same for NIH and even Homeland Security, but not the FCC.
Apparently, the only way to obtain their latest information is to visit the FCC.gov site and download each story, one at a time, in either Word or Acrobat formats.
When the agency responsible for advancing the Internet lags so far behind even other federal agencies, it's not surprising that America's technological prowess is trailing that of countries only a fraction in size."
gateur writes: "Google TiSP (BETA) is a fully functional, end-to-end system that provides in-home wireless access by connecting your commode-based TiSP wireless router to one of thousands of TiSP Access Nodes via fiber-optic cable strung through your local municipal sewage lines.