Viagogo are to be removed from internet search results – after they refused to stop ripping off fans with false advertising. The rogue ticketing site were told to stop masking secret fees but failed to meet the deadline on Tuesday. The Advertising Standards Authority will now negotiate with Google and other search engines, such as Bing, to remove rip-off ads – which could happen within a week. The ASA will also launch an online ad campaign next week to highlight Viagogo’s dodgy practices and divert unsuspecting punters from the site. And as part of the crackdown, National Trading Standards will drag Viagogo bosses to court, where they could face massive fines or even imprisonment. Read More FanFair Alliance campaign manager Adam Webb welcomed the news. He said: “Cutting Viagogo off
The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has requested search engines including Google and Bing remove some listings and PPC ads for controversial ticketing site Viagogo.The regulator today judged the site to be misleading consumers by failing to be transparent about fees, wrongfully using the term 'official site' to suggest it was an authorised ticket agent and falsely claiming it could '100% guarantee' entry to events.The ASA had previously issued a warning to Viagogo about editing such claims on its website and advertising content. However, ASA chief executive Guy Parker said it failed to respond by the 29 May deadline.The ASA has now referred the Geneva-based company to National Trading Standards (NTS). “Viagogo was given clear warning and handed the opportunity to play fair with c
Engine argues that it has demonstrated its independence by breaking with Google on policy multiple times, most notably during the 2014 fight over net neutrality. Engine endorsed reclassifying broadband under Title II of the Communications Act; Google was more muted, and its trade group the Internet Association refused to endorse Title II. Other issues Engine highlights have no relevance to Google, like capital formation for early-stage companies. “Engine makes policy decisions based entirely in the best interests of, and the feedback we receive from, startups in our network, not the positions of our funders,” said executive director Evan Engstrom. However, Engine has been less vocal about one of the tech startup community’s most existential threats: persistent acquisitions by big compa
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David Murphy talks to Alex Steinman, VP, strategic search for Bing, about how the company is fighting back against Google’s dominance.In the search engine world, one company rules supreme. As of January 2018, according to Statista, Google commanded an 84.91 per cent share of the UK search market. It’s the sort of dominance that could make you wonder why anyone else bothers, but at Microsoft, Alex Steinman, VP strategic search for Bing, has far from given up the ghost. While Bing’s UK market share lags way behind Google’s on 11.23 per cent, it has almost doubled in the past four years, from just 6.1 per cent in 2014, and Steinman is bullish about Bing’s search credentials. “We have a 26 per cent share on queries from PCs – 35 per cent in the US – and that’s where 85 per
VAUGHAN, Ont. - Swiss Chalet Rotisserie & Grill will accept voice orders through the Google Assistant App. The restaurant chain owned by Cara Operations Ltd. says the voice order feature allows customers to place an order for pick up or delivery through the app. Users need to open the app and say "Ok Google, order from Swiss Chalet," which will prompt them to select from menu options or reorder their last meal. Swiss Chalet's announcement comes as the company has been making a concerted effort to integrate technology into its operations. The company partnered with Google's navigation app Waze to allow commuters to order ahead through the app before hitting the road. It has also partnered with The Weather Network to use weather pattern data to serve up speci...
Want to understand all the most important tech stats and trends? Legendary venture capitalist Mary Meeker has just released the 2018 version of her famous Internet Trends report. It covers everything from mobile to commerce to the competition between tech giants. Check out the full report below, and we’ll add some highlights soon. Then come back for our slide-by-slide analysis of the most important parts of the 294 page report. As of 2018, half the world population, or about 3.6 billion people, will be on the internet. That’s thanks in large part to cheaper Android phones and Wifi becoming more available, though individual services will have a tougher time adding new users as the web hits saturation. While smartphone shipments are flat and internet user growth is slowing, U.S. adu
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Google Maps has been updated with a new feature: ability to search reviews for keywords or phrases. The functionality is now live on both Android and iOS and clients of the service. This lets you look up, say, "wheelchair" to know more about the accessibility or "vegetarian" when you want to see how the place's vegetarian options are rated. To access the feature, all you have to do is search for a place on Google Maps, tap the Reviews tab or scroll down to the Reviews section, and simply type what you are looking for into the search bar. Source Site Search 360 Trends
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