Google found itself in an uncomfortable position over the weekend, as 60 Minutes placed a magnifying glass on the company that accounts for 90 per cent of all search traffic and asked if it is operating as a monopoly. Following the broadcast, Yelp and TripAdvisor announced a new initiative designed to restore more diverse local search results that have been undermined by Google's own first-party services.
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Review site TripAdvisor may have frantically backpedaled after a Milwaukee Sentinel-Journal expose showed that it had a habit of censoring reviews mentioning blackouts, rape, and suspicious deaths or injuries incurred at certain resorts - specifically Mexican ones, though it remains unclear if other destinations were involved - by adding new functionality warning of potentially dangerous hotels. But the site's belated admission it did wrong might not be enough for the US Federal Trade Commission, which the Sentinel reported this week is potentially investigating whether Tripadvisor acted improperly.
The list of companies opposing President Trump's discriminatory Muslim travel ban has grown. Yesterday, 31 companies added their names to an amicus brief opposing the ban, claiming that it hurts business. The total is now 127 companies, but there's still one high profile tech company that hasn't spoken out: IBM.