Google Played Spoilsport to WP8, Hurricane Sandy Disrupts Google's NYC Event; Verisign 'Google Caused Drop-in Domains Rates'; Yahoo! Won't Honor IE10's DNT

Google who looked to steal the thunder from Microsoft's Windows Phone 8's launch event on Monday October 29, has now cancelled the event scheduled in New York City due to Hurricane Sandy."We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as […]

Google who looked to steal the thunder from Microsoft's Windows Phone 8's launch event on Monday October 29, has now cancelled the event scheduled in New York City due to Hurricane Sandy.

"We are canceling our Monday morning event in New York due to Hurricane Sandy. We will let you know our plans as soon as we know more. Stay safe and dry, The Android Team," read the e-mail Google sent to invites.

No new day for the press conference has been announced.

On the other hand, Microsoft is in San Francisco.

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In other news, Verisign accuses Google for the slow down of the new domain registration, and renewal of existing domains. The company that operates the .com and .net domain registries -- says Google is a main reason during its Q3 earnings call.

Verisign blames Google for slow down in domains registration and renewals rate

The company gave two reasons for the slowness in registrations and renewals: "macroeconomic headwinds" in Europe and ongoing changes in search engine algorithms -- more specifically, Google's.

Following domain registrations and renewals data was shared by Verisign :

  • total .com and .net domain registrations grew only one percent in Q3, below the company's previous guidance to investors
  • registrations of .net domains were down one percent from a year ago
  • the domain renewal rate was 72.3 percent in Q3, down from 72.9 percent in Q2 and from 73.3 percent a year ago

Verisign's CEO and President D. James stated:

First of all, you recall that back in 2009, that was really the first time that we saw a major change in search algorithms that targeted the monetization players who were essentially trying to exploit the search engine algorithm to get themselves placed higher in results so that they can drive traffic and monetize it themselves.

We saw that over a period of time, after those changes, there was some recovery and the monetization community adapted to it. We saw in 2012, changes which affected Q2, which we've discussed with you before.

I think there is a more serious effort by the search engine algorithm players here to sort of clean up search results and improve the quality, as Pat said, to drive some of the monetization community down further. So we discussed in the last call, the Panda and Penguin programs, for example, that Google utilized where they were targeting content farms, they were targeting keyword stuffers and now, they're also targeting exact name matches, which typically are monetization names often.

So for example, if you search for purple blue widgets, and purplebluewidgets.com happens to be a registered domain, that in the past, would've been likely to score very high in the search results. However, if the search engine algorithm is tweaked to go out and consider other factors, the age of the domain, how many pages are on it, how fresh is some of the contents and give it a score, essentially, on how likely it is that it's truly quality content that the searcher might be interested in versus something that had been set up for monetization purposes, I think the search engine algorithms are essentially targeting that kind of traffic to get it out.

Yahoo! just slammed Microsoft's decision to enable "Do Not Track" as the default for its Internet Explorer 10 web browser in Windows 8. Microsoft says, DNT in IE10 would give better privacy protection to the users. Although, DNT enabled by deafult, gives users the option to disable it.

Yahoo! opposes Microsoft Internet Explorer 10 (IE10) Do Not Track (DNT)

Yahoo in a blog post stated, "In principle, we support "Do Not Track" (DNT). Unfortunately, because discussions have not yet resulted in a final standard for how to implement DNT, the current DNT signal can easily be abused."

Adding, "Recently, Microsoft unilaterally decided to turn on DNT in Internet Explorer 10 by default, rather than at users' direction."

"In our view, this degrades the experience for the majority of users and makes it hard to deliver on our value proposition to them. It basically means that the DNT signal from IE10 doesn't express user intent," Yahoo said.

As a result, even if users choose to keep Do Not Track on IE10, visiting a site owned by Yahoo won't make a difference. "we believe that DNT must map to user intent -- not to the intent of one browser creator, plug-in writer, or third-party software service."

Therefore, although Yahoo! will continue to offer Ad Interest Manager and other tools, "we will not recognize IE10's default DNT signal on Yahoo! properties at this time," the company said.