Sneaky Add-On Annotates Ads To Your Web Surfing Experience
from the sneaky-bastards dept
Well, it’s about time for the next big controversy to spring up, so here’s a candidate. One of the popular new music sharing programs is KaZaa. KaZaa has a deal with EZula to automatically install a program called TOPText which adds random “advertisment” hyperlinks on any webpage you surf. It’s very similar to Microsoft’s SmartTags idea, or ThirdVoice’s defunct annotation program – except that most people don’t realize they’ve installed it. They think their surfing experience has been hijacked and they might be right. The article gives a number of examples where a site has the added “advertisement hyperlinks” to a competing site. Can’t wait for people to get angry about this one.