Yahoo obfuscates search results now too

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Yahoo search results for Grilled Cheese Sandwich

It's official, Yahoo now also obfuscates search result links with gibberish the same way Google does, but misleadingly shows you the original URL in the browser's status bar. If you do a search for a site then right-click to copy the source URL, instead of getting the actual search result, you get a string of random characters, no doubt practical for their uses but extremely irritating for us.

For example, doing a search for Grilled Cheese Sandwich will show a Wikipedia page as the first result with the correct URL:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grilled_cheese_sandwich

But if you right-click and copy the source URL, you get this:

http://rds.yahoo.com/_ylt=A0oGkjNjHRpKnS8BONhXNyoA;_ylu=X3oDMTByZWgwN285BHNlYwNzcgRwb3MDMQRjb2xvA3NrMQR2dGlkAw--/SIG=1284b7r18/EXP=1243311843/**http%3a//en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grilled_cheese_sandwich

Fortunately it's easy to strip out most of the junk given the URL you actually searced for is merely appended to the end, but it's still a waste of time. Google and Yahoo really, really, REALLY need to stop doing this!

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