Is Yahoo Employing Dirty Tricks In The Search Wars?

from the bait-and-switch dept

As the search engine wars have heated up, the browser's search box has become some valuable real estate. Last spring, Google threatened Microsoft with anti-trust complaints due to Microsoft's making its own search engine the default of IE7's search box. And of course, Google has sewn up deals with Firefox and Opera to be the default on those browsers. The battle over the search boxes appears to have hit a low, as there are claims that Yahoo is surreptitiously changing the default search engine to its own, in IE7, when users download an update to their Yahoo IM software. According to the people making the claim, Yahoo lets users check an "auto update" box, which then makes several changes to a user's defaults. It's not clear yet whether this was an isolated incident, or whether Yahoo has some sort of legitimate explanation, but if it has no defense, then it's a pretty bad and invasive tactic for a company of its stature to be using.
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  1. identicon
    misanthropic humanist, 12 Jan 2007 @ 11:39am

    meta search is better search

    All the search engine companies, Google included are getting far to agressive imho.

    Use this instead:

    http://clusty.com/

    It seems kosher enough to me. It's a couple of hundered milliseconds slower on results but it actually spiders all the other search engines and is therefore technically superior to Google or Yahoo alone.

    That said, the default search bar engine is hardly something that is cast in stone. It's a simple matter for any user to set this in obvious preferences option. To say Firefox (IceWeasel please :) has a default is a little misleading too. Depending on where you download your copy from you have many choices of rpm, apt or other packages that offer no default, or a latching (the one you choose stays) list of many choices.

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