SPOTLIGHT: Overstock vs. New Google Rankings, Google AboutMe

TODAY’S SPOTLIGHT

  • Overstock CEO Patrick Byrne blamed a big part of missing earnings on missing a Google ranking change. Wall Street hammered the stock.
  • Just in time for the holiday advertising season, Yahoo! introduced its own advertising platform while it partners with many others.
  • Google’s privacy became easier to understand thanks to the company’s new AboutMe feature and privacy check.

And that is what you need to know for this week without the hype.

News You Should Know

Overstock Blames Change To Google Search Rankings For Hurting Its Growth

Overstock Blames Change To Google Search Rankings For Hurting Its Growth

Overstock.com says it was hit by a change in Google’s search ranking algorithm, hurting growth. Its stock dropped 18% based on the earnings report news.

Introducing Yahoo Product Ads

Introducing Yahoo Product Ads

Yahoo! gets back into advertising the old fashioned way–by offering their own just in time for holiday campaigns.

Google makes it easier to control your personal data and privacy

Google makes it easier to control your personal data and privacy

This is the best overall article we’ve seen on Google’s AboutMe privacy feature. With the new “About me” page, you can view and control what other people see about you across Google’s various services.

Tech in our Lives

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You by ProPublica

Own a Vizio Smart TV? It’s Watching You by ProPublica

Vizio, one of the most popular brands on the market, is offering advertisers “highly specific viewing behavior data on a massive scale.”

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