MySpace Generates More Retail Traffic than MSN Search

Perhaps Danny Sullivan should look at a new conference titled, MySpace Strategies, as news comes that the social networking site created more retail traffic than MSN Search!

The Hitwise report puts Yahoo! as the source of 4.69 percent of traffic to online retail sites, MySpace as 2.53 percent and MSN search at 2.33 percent for the week ending August 26th. Google leads the pack at 14.93 percent.

Obviously Google has the inside track, with their recently announced deal with the company. But what does this tell us about the feasibility of all the social networks popping-up? According to TechCrunch, it tells us a lot…

Google Faces Fines Unless it Hands Over Info to Brazil

AP is reporting a judge in Brazil has ordered Google to hand over user information of some Orkut users.

Federal Judge Jose Marcos Lunardelli gave Google Brazil 15 days to release information needed to identify individuals accused of using Orkut to spread child pornography and engage in hate speech against blacks, Jews and homosexuals.

Federal prosecutors claim they’ve requested the information on 38 different occassions without response. Google’s arguing that it doesn’t store any user information at its Brazilian office. The judge is not convinced…

But Lunardelli dismissed that argument on Thursday, writing in his decision that “it is not relevant that the data are stored in the United States, since all the photographs and messages being investigated were published by Brazilians, through Internet connection in national territory.”