Stephens and Rosenberg's attack against pure XP is on-target and really funny.
There will be a press release going on the wires next week from NRF and ARTS on standardizing the formats used to send data to and receive data from the shopping comparison engines.
Last time, I discussed the unclear future direction of Ask.com. Would the search engine cut it's previous plans to launch and develop a world class platform? TBD. As for now, the only clear conclusion is that Ask wants more traffic and is willing to go to great advertising lengths to get it.
Preventing SQL injection isn't all that hard -- yet 11% of sites haven't got it right yet.
Search data not be used for commercial purposes? Too much money at stake -- never going to happen.
When your ads get syndicated out to an advertising network, all bets are off.
Some day, in far distant future -- I'd predict about five years out -- sites might be able to make reasonable guesses as who is using the site, just by their browsing behavior.