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Claims that Google orchestrated events to prevent paying AdSense earnings by shuttering accounts just before payouts were due have escalated into a class-action lawsuit. Hagens Berman, a consumer rights law firm, today filed a national class-action lawsuit against Google, claiming that the search engine is in violation of contracts with users and in violation of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, unjust enrichment, and violation of the California Unfair Competition Law.
Google announced today that it is bringing a new type of ad to AdSense that plays to a better design for customers who use the service, but have so far distanced themselves from text-based ads. The magazine ads are an effort by Google to make text ads more appealing to AdSense users, who have set their preferences to display-only ads for design considerations.
Following Google's denial of taking advantage of some AdSense subscribers, the individual who wrote a screed decrying the search engine's behavior has responded. In a second PasteBin posting, the anonymous "whistleblower" defends his actions, and claims that he has substantive proof of Google's theft and will release it in whole to lawyers representing a class-action suit or, if no suit develops, trickle it out over months.
An individual who purports to be an ex-Google AdSense employee is claiming that the search engine is intentionally blocking payments to otherwise-deserving websites. The person making the claims posted a document to Pastebin on Tuesday alleging proof, with a timeline spanning 2009 through 2012, that Google gives preferential treatment to some sites, and shuts down other sites and keeps the money accumulated.
Google has posted a native iPhone version of its AdSense app. The release follows a week after the launch of the Android app, which was the first official client for AdSense users. On the iOS App Store, some third parties have already been offering their own clients, paid and free.
Google's Propeller tablet app may be seen as a vehicle for the company's ad platform. A rumor Friday suggested Google would help both publishers and itself profit from articles by inserting AdSense ads into the formatted articles. The purported 9to5 sources added that publishers could charge by the article using Google Checkout to handle payments.
Google has quietly dropped Grooveshark's mobile app from Android Market. Insiders said Wednesday that music labels had pushed Google into action under claims that the search-and-play service was breaking copyright law. The company issued a non-response to CNET that said it pulled apps that "violated our policies" without directly attaching the claim to Grooveshark or mentioning labels.
Microsoft turned the tables on Thursday with a formal complaint to the European Union accusing Google of unfair competition. The filing, backing earlier comlplaints that were partly triggered by a Microsoft subsidiary, insisted Google had systematically excluded competition. Most of the complaints focused on YouTube, which Microsoft said was deliberately excluded from search results for rivals like Bing; Google also intentionally limited Windows Phone's access to YouTube, denying them the searches that only Android and iOS devices had, Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith said.
Android was created precisely to prevent the kind of mobile future Apple is trying to make, Google said in its day 2 I/O conference keynote. The company's Vic Gundotra said Android was necessary as, without it, too much control would be put into the hands of Steve Jobs and the iPhone platform. Gundotra didn't mention Jobs by name but left little mystery that he was being blamed for creating a dystopic mobile environment not unlike the "1984" Apple once criticized.
Yahoo this afternoon reported mixed results for its spring quarter that it blames in part on Microsoft's attempts to buy out the search engine firm. Although its pure revenue climbed six percent to approximately $1.79 billion between April and June with profits climbing slightly to $1.03 billion, the company says its actual operating income dropped a significant 45 percent to $101 million; nearly one quarter of this, or $22 million, was associated with the legal costs both with Microsoft's initial takeover and the recently-ended proxy takeover threat from billionaire Carl Icahn, who had boosted his stake in the company to nearly five percent in an attempt to help vote out Yahoo's board of directors.