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Karate Combat Goes to Hollywood with Fight Card Set for January 24th…

The full contact karate league will stream the fight live from Hollywood as it kicks off its expanded second season and the pursuit of The Golden Belt; Danny Trejo, Bas Rutten, Sean Wheelock, and Faze... (PRWeb January 10, 2019) Read the full story at https://www.prweb.com/releases/karate_combat_goes_to_hollywood_with_fight_card_set_for_january_24th_in_l_a/prweb16026477.htm

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Watchdogs ask Googlers to stop it favoring its own search results

A new coalition of activist groups led by Yelp and TripAdvisor are renewing the fight to get Google to give a fair opportunity to all sites instead of putting its Knowledge Cards atop the results for subjective search queries. The alliance that includes Fight For The Future and Consumer Watchdog.org has assembled tens of thousands of dollars to run targeted ads on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter “calling for Google employees to introspect and examine how Google’s One Boxes or Answer Boxes are harming the open internet,” says the project’s leader Luther Lowe, Yelp’s VP of public policy. The initiative is certainly self-serving, as Yelp and TripAdvisor have the most to lose from Google’s own local results getting to sidestep the PageRank algorithm and be shown atop search results pages before their own sites. But it’s a fair question to ask why Google’s dominance in search should let it deviate from a fair process of choosing the best result to give its content a boost. Here’s the campaign’s promotional video: Yelp initially launched its “FocusOnTheUser.eu” campaign targeting Google+ in 2014 as the European Union was determining whether Google abused its power to preference its shopping results. That eventually led to a €2.4 billion anti-trust fine. Yelp has now filed a complaint with the EU that extends those concerns to how it treats local business results, which Lowe said is now the biggest category of search. The campaign was timed to come alongside this week’s 60 Minutes report examining whether Google is a monopoly. The new Focus On The User  that launched today concentrates on swaying Google’s employees rather than regulators, and includes new partners like DemandProgress and American Family Voices. We’ve contacted Google requesting a statement in response to the campaign and will update if we hear back. The coalition’s two stated goals are to get Google to: 1. Match users with the best possible information at the top of results.

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