Google wins landmark advertising case in Australia | Reuters
: "The ruling helps Internet providers and search engines argue that they are not publishers, but simply carriers of information provided by third parties. . . . The finding ends a six-year legal battle between Google and Australia's consumer watchdog, the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC), which accused Google of engaging in misleading and deceptive conduct over paid advertisements. The ACCC based its case on search results in 2006 and 2007, where a search for Honda Australia would show a paid advertisement for a Honda competitor, CarSales. The ACCC said the ads were deceptive, as they suggested CarSales was linked to Honda Motor Co Ltd. Google argued that it was not responsible for the advertisements, as it was only the conduit for the advertiser. In a unanimous finding, five judges of Australia's High Court ruled in favor of Google, overturning a ruling from the Federal Court. The lower court had ordered Google to set up a compliance program to make sure paid advertisements on its search engine were not misleading. The five High Court judges said Google did not create the sponsored links and the company was not responsible for messages in the links. . . ."
The Verge Hires Writer Who Quit CNET in Protest - NYTimes.com
: "Mr. Sandoval announced his resignation via Twitter on Jan. 14, less than an hour after The Verge published its report. CBS sought to portray its involvement as a one-time incident. In a recent statement, the company said: “CNET is not going to give an award or any other validation to a product which CBS is challenging as illegal, other networks believe to be illegal and one court has already found to violate the copyright act in its application. Beyond that, CNET will cover every other product and service on the planet.” Last week, the organizer of the Consumer Electronics Show cut its ties with CNET and reinstated the Hopper as the winner of the Best in Show award."
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