Microsoft gives Google public privacy smackdown

[AP] Microsoft has taken out full-age ads in major newspapers in the United States, slamming privacy policy changes at search rival Google that allow it to internally merge the data it collects on user activity across services such as YouTube and Gmail.Google has touted the overhaul it announced last week as a simplification of detailed but obtuse policies and a way to provide a better user experience, but critics have said it further subjects users to invasive targeting by advertisers.

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