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Google Accused of Rigging Search Results by India’s Competition Commission by @mattsouthern

Google is again being accused of favoring its own properties in search results, this time by the Competition Commission of India. According to a report in The Economic Times, the Commission is accusing Google of ranking its own websites ahead of more deserving competitors India’s Competition Commission also takes issue with the fact that Google’s paid listing appear ahead of organic listings. However, that complaint doesn’t hold as much ground since that’s more of a complaint against the principles of advertising. In addition to the Competition Commission of India, companies like Microsoft, Facebook, and Nokia’s maps division have also filed […]The post Google Accused of Rigging Search Results by India’s Competition Commission by @mattsouthern appeared first on Search Engine Journal.

Netflix is about to lose Hunger Games, Transformers movies

Bad news, Katniss fans. Netflix announced Sunday that it has chosen not to renew a deal with Epix, the cable provider with domestic streaming rights to Hunger Games: Catching Fire. That movie, along with other big names like World War Z and Transformers: Age of Extinction, will disappear from Netflix at the end of September. The streaming service has long hinted that its arrangement to steam Epix movies, originally a deal exclusive to Netflix, might not be permanent Netflix CEO Reed Hastings told investors in mid-2012 that Epix content did not account for a “particularly large” amount of its overall viewing. Since then, Netflix competitors like Amazon and Sling have inked deals with Epix as well. Read more…More about Netflix, Business, Media, and Video

Bikes were invented because a volcano killed all the horses

c. 1905A stuntman rides a bicycle through a loop-the-loop.Image: CorbisAn ever saddled horse which eats nothing.Columbia Bicycle AdvertisementIn 1818, Baron Karl von Drais of Baden, Germany patented the design for a two-wheeled Laufmaschine, or “running machine.” It consisted of two in-line wheels beneath a seat and handlebars, and was propelled by the rider pushing off the ground with his feet.Also called the “Draisine,” the device was created not out of fancy but necessity — Drais was looking for a substitute for the horses that had starved to death in the recent volcanic winter, caused by the eruption of Mount Tambora in 1815. Read more…More about Bicycle, Tech, Transportation, Play, and History

Dole Food CEO, former top exec ordered to pay $148M

A Delaware judge on Thursday ordered 92-year-old Dole Food CEO David Murdock and a former top lieutenant to pay $148 million in damages for misleading directors and shareholders in a deal that took the company private in 2013. The judge on Thursday said the billionaire businessman, along with former Dole president and chief operating officer C. Michael Carter, breached their fiduciary duties of loyalty in structuring a $1.2 billion cash buyout that left the fruit-and-vegetable giant in Murdock’s hands. See also: Chris Brown owns 14 Burger Kings, but Magic Johnson has 30 Vice Chancellor Travis Laster noted that a board committee was able to overcome most of the two men’s “machinations,” negotiating an increase in Murdock’s initial $12 per share offer to a deal price of $13.50, which received a narrow 50.9 percent approval from stockholders. Read more…More about Business and Dole Foods