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MySpace Wins Social Media War Games

War Games, as it turns out, is more than just an early Matthew Broderick movie. They’re a series of events involving prominent business schools, including Harvard, MIT and the London Business School. In the past, these war games have accurately predicted events like the AOL/Google search deal, “the game of digital entertainment supremacy last year, which was iPod versus News Corp. versus Microsoft versus Vodafone or Verizon, that Apple would make an iTV entertainment center.”

By simulating the business world with teams of business students, these war games have tackled social media this year. Leonard Fuld, organizer of the war game and president of Fuld & Co., told CNET about the games. Excerpts (emphasis mine):

Google Settles Scholar Trademark Suit

CNET reports that Google and American Chemical Society have settled their trademark lawsuit over Google Scholar.

“The ACS is pleased at the outcome of its lawsuit against Google,” an ACS representative said in response to a query from CNET News.com. “The settlement includes a confidentiality clause and as such the ACS will have no further comment.” A Google spokesman said the company was also “pleased that the case has been dismissed” but provided no further comment.

Google Click Fraud Settlement Confirmed

MarketWatch brings word that an Arkansas state judge had give the final approval for the $90 million click fraud settlement.

By approving the settlement Thursday, Miller County Judge Joe Griffin effectively ends Google’s participation in the class-action lawsuit, which was filed by two Arkansas businesses and Internet advertisers Lane’s Gifts and Collectibles and Caulfield Investigations in February 2005.

But it won’t necessarily end the case, which has ballooned in scope into a class action and represents tens of thousands of Google advertisers. The settlement’s being contested in another lawsuit filed in California that’s still pending.

I’ll be at the Googleplex in a few weeks, I’ll let you know if I see champagne! ;-)

Via SEW.

KinderStart.com Loses PageRank So Sues Google

KinderStart.com should take the money they’re going to waste on suing Google and spend it on AdWords instead.

If they think they’re going to win their lawsuit that alleges Google’s removal of their PageRank is unlawful, they should get some advice from SearchKing first.

That being said, one aspect intrigues me…

KinderStart’s lawsuit alleges Google’s policing efforts have penalized Web sites that have done nothing wrong. To make matters worse, the suit alleges the banished sites can’t determine how they can restore their standings because the company doesn’t explain its actions.

I do think there should be a clearer way for penalized sites to address why Google has stripped their PageRank. It wouldn’t hurt Google to provide them with a list of why they were penalized. Matt Cutts already does this over at his blog, so surely it could be expanded for everyone.

More Details of Google’s Click Fraud Settlement

Verne Kopytoff of the San Francisco Chronicle is one of the first journalists to cover news that Google has settled the class action suit on click fraud for $90m.

Lost in the breaking news was how this affects Ask.com and Yahoo, both defendents in the same suit.

Ask.com, the Oakland search engine, and also a defendant in the class action, said Wednesday that it expects to be removed from the lawsuit because of Google’s settlement. Ask.com was part of the litigation only because it displayed Google’s ads.

The lawsuit also named Yahoo Inc. as a defendant. However, unlike Google, the Sunnyvale Web portal said Wednesday that it plans to defend itself vigorously against the accusations.

Journalists Sue For Info About Wikipedia Edits

Journalists for the Associated Press are suing in the state of Arkansas to learn which state computers were used to make Wikipedia edits. They are suing the governor of Arkansas and others for violating the Freedom of Information Act.

The two who initiated the lawsuit are Arkansas News Editor Kelly P. Kissel and reporter Jon Gambrell. They filed the lawsuit against Governor Mike Beebe, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and IT officials.

They want the physical locations of five computers that were used to edit information about Republican presidential candidate and former Governor Mike Huckabee, Beebe, and others. Huckabee is a Republican and is a presidential candidate.

Lawyer Sues Google Over $136.11

Leave it to a lawyer to come up with a new Google complaint and then turn it into a class action lawsuit.

InformationWeek reports that attorney Hal K. Levitte is suing because his ads were shown on Google’s Adsense for Domains and AdSense for Errors partners.

Levitte spent $136.11 for ads on parked domains and error pages, which works out to 15.3% of his $887.67 ad campaign.

In seeking class certification for the lawsuit, Levitte’s attorneys hope to represent other aggrieved Google advertisers. "We believe it’s a problem that affects all [Google's] advertisers equally," said Kimberly Kralowec, partner at the law firm representing Levitte.

Levitte’s ads received around 203,500 overall impressions across the two programs, generated less than 700 clicks, with zero conversions.