Yahoo Toolbar and Macromedia Flash Cookies
Two threads at Threadwatch:
- Yahoo's Adsense Competitor is Behavioral, Not Contextual which goes into Yahoo's new competitor-to-Adsense program that targets behavioral (where you surf) rather than contextual (what's on the pages you surf) ads at users.
- Yahoo! is Evil? which discussed Macromedia bundling the Yahoo toolbar with the Flash player.
As I posted at Threadwatch:
I can see it now: "90% of computers have Flash installed"; users are getting pretty hip about deleting cookies; Flash now can install Flash-based cookies that aren't visible in your normal cookie file and (so far as I know) can only be removed at the Macromedia site; the Flash player now comes bundled with the Yahoo toolbar. Anyone see a picture here? :)
So, what's the story here? Pure speculation guesses that Macromedia is doing an end run around user cookie deletion. I really hope that isn't true. Follow the money says … hmmm.
And check out the Flash Settings (Cookie) manager. You may have cookies that you don't know about and can't get rid of through your normal browser cookie deletion features.
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