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Yahoo! searchers suggest fix to buggy new feature

Yahoo! engineers had to start fixing a bug in a new live search feature, just a day after announcing the addition.

Yahoo! Search’s Kevin Lee introduced the new Search Suggest function, which offers suggestions on search terms as a user types.

Google bans ads for controversial drug

Google has announced it will ban online advertisements for an appetite suppressant that has come under fire in medical circles.

The search giant contacted some advertisers to inform them it would stop taking ads for ephedrine-based products “in the coming weeks”.

Nielsen/NetRatings drops page views metric

Web traffic measurement agency Nielsen/NetRatings will reportedly scrap the “page views” metric in response to the growing challenge posed by dynamic websites.

Ajax websites and web-based videos mean content can be loaded with no web page reloading, so the firm will begin instead reporting the length of time users spend at audited sites.

Cash prize for anti-Microsoft XML lobbyists

The Foundation for Free Information Infrastructure (FFII), a software rights advocacy group, has offered a EUR 2,500 prize to whoever can devise the best campaign against Microsoft’s attempts to seek standardisation for its Office file formats.

The FFII objects to the Redmond, Washington, software giant’s attempts to gain International Standardisation Organisation (ISO) approval for its Office OpenXML file format.

Six million .uk domains live, Nominet reports

Nominet has registered its six millionth .uk domain name, with the national country code attracting a growing number of domestic companies.

The registry said a YouGov survey of 2,324 internet users showed people were six times more likely to enter a .uk domain name than a .com address when using a search engine.

FeedBurner drops charges for pro services

RSS feed management service FeedBurner is abolishing charges for two of its premium features, now that it is owned by Google.

TotalStats and MyBrand, which give users extended data and on-site feed URLs, were previously available under FeedBurner’s PRO package at a cost of between $3 and $14.