Google Shopping’s Transition To Pay-For-Play Completes On Oct. 17

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http://techcrunch.com – Although it wasn’t among the services Google axed during its latest bout of “spring cleaning,” it’s definitely the end of an era for Google Shopping: starting on October 17th, the service formerly known as Google Product Search will make the full transition to a Paid Listings Service here in the U.S. It’s another example of Google’s changing position on what’s known as “paid inclusion.” In other words, Google took a free search vertical, which previously ranked results by relevance only, and turned it into a service where advertisers pay (IT news)