Google asks users to help fight content farms

There’s been a lot of discussion about the quality of Google’s search results recently, particularly its ability to filter out “content farms” filled with low-quality articles that are written to appeal more to search engines than readers. Today, Googler Matt Cutts revealed a new weapon in the company’s attempt to block spammy content.

Google asks: Will Msft-Yahoo exert "illegal influence over Internet"?

[update: Microsoft has responded, saying the combination of Microsoft and Yahoo creates a more competitive marketplace by establishing a "compelling number two competitor for Internet search and online advertising." Google has more than 65 percent search query share in the U.S. and more than 85 percent in Europe. Microsoft and Yahoo on the other hand have roughly 30 percent combined in the U.S. and approximately 10 percent combined in Europe, it said.]