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Yelp-Funded Study Says Google's 'Universal Search' Harms Users

  • Re/code, Monday, June 29, 2015 9:35 AM

A new Yelp-funded study, co-authored by legal scholar and net neutrality proponent Tim Wu, concludes that Google “appears to be strategically deploying universal search in a way that degrades the product so as to slow and exclude challengers to its dominant search paradigm.” Wu, who previously defended went on record defending Google's search results, tells Re/code that he changed his mind due to new evidence. “They are paying me for my time,” Wu said, referring to Yelp. “But I wouldn’t be doing this if I didn’t think this new evidence was a game-changer.”  

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