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Sunday, September 21, 2003

Sleezy Company Suing Sleezy Company over Sleezy Practice

A company you've probably never head of -- Popular Enterprises -- has filed suit over Verisign's new SiteFinder program, which redirects all requests for unassigned .com and .net domain names to one of those "coming soon" pages (yeah, as if asdf123abc.com were actually coming soon!). You know, the ones with all those directory listings that "might" be what you're looking for? Those are usually sponsored links, by the way.

Popular Enterprises (irony, anyone?) apparently offers one of those nutty toolbars that unwitting schmucks download through dubious means, and says it offers the same functionality as SiteFinder through its toolbar. Verisign's sleezy practice apparently usurps Popular's toolbar, rendering its selling point unsellable to advertisers. Boo hoo.

To see SiteFinder in action, simply visit:

http://www.if-only-you-could-spell.com

(Now don't you go registering that one!)

Frankly, I hope they put the kibosh on both of these "services." Or, maybe, maybe, instead of Verisign making a profit from something they don't own, maybe they should be forced to put up links to charities like the American Red Cross or Salvation Army, as Google does when its AdSense software cannot determine the context of a page.

Posted by Cory Kleinschmidt




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