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BoL

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How a Chinese Company Built a $250M Search Hijacking Empire
« on: December 11, 2019, 07:04:28 PM »
https://medium.com/against-surveillance-capitalism/how-a-chinese-company-built-a-250-million-search-hijacking-empire-35f957566852

commentary: https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=21743941

Noticed this one this morning. The medium post got removed with a 410 status and saying the 'account was pending investigation'. The post has since re-appeared with a bunch of sourced attached.

Seems like someone's not happy with being outed.



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Re: How a Chinese Company Built a $250M Search Hijacking Empire
« Reply #1 on: December 12, 2019, 02:39:42 AM »
The top one on that list straight up says it intercepts searches and redirects them to their engine.  I am not sure you could call that fraud.

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Re: How a Chinese Company Built a $250M Search Hijacking Empire
« Reply #2 on: December 12, 2019, 08:40:26 AM »
Yeah, definitely shady but possibly some variations are legal, in some countries.

Someone had commented that Bing ads were used to drive the revenue, a decent chunk of money for them also.

Firefox have something in their ToS that plugins can't do this kind of thing, but given its current market share not a huge game changer.
« Last Edit: December 12, 2019, 08:48:43 AM by BoL »