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Is Google in breach of unfair business practices

Re: its star rating system on adwords

     
12:33 pm on Nov 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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It seems to me that by rating online vendors with its star rating system on adwords but not within the organic listings, google is forcing vendors to buy adwords who might not otherwise need to do so, as well as provide Google with a product feed, as vistors are much more likely to click on a star rated vendor.

From my simplistic view this seems highly unfair.

But I wondered what the experts thought and whether Google is in breach of any laws US, European, UK etc?
1:21 pm on Nov 6, 2010 (gmt 0)

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You may be assured in the US Google will act practically unfettered. Competitivism, privacy issues, and search result manipulation will not be a problem.

[edited by: Jon_King at 1:24 pm (utc) on Nov 6, 2010]

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You may be assured in the US Google will act practically unfettered. Competitivism, privacy issues, and search result manipulation will not be a problem.
3:33 pm on Nov 7, 2010 (gmt 0)

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As a US citizen, it makes me sad to agree with Jon ~ Google does what it wants, when it wants, how it wants, where it wants, and to whom it wants. I suspect ~ though have zero proof ~ that they are providing some sort of service or assistance to US intelligence. I readily admit that could be entirely wrong, but I can think of no other explanation for their free pass ~ "you scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours".

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I admire your candidness Reno, intuitively I even recognize that you are not saying it from a fear based perspective or even in a manner that conspiracy theorists would. It's simply stating the obvious that so few are willing to acknowledge.