Archive | February, 2010

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Next Chapter In Digital Book Deal: Google vs. DOJ

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

12. February 2010

Google seems to want Judge Chin to be the man making the decision, said John
Simpson of Consumer Watchdog, one of the opponents scheduled to speak
in court next week. "Google has decided it’s longer willing to negotiate with Justice on
this one," Simpson said. "They want to negotiate with the judge
instead."

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Privacy controls on Google’s Buzz are backwards

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10. February 2010

Google turned its new "Buzz" social networking function on in my Gmail account today and I spent some time checking it out. Conclusion: it’s got the privacy controls backwards.



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Google’s Buzz will give Internet giant even more data

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9. February 2010

Google launched its much anticipated social networking service, Buzz, today aimed a competing with sites like Facebook and Twitter….

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AdMob May Win Big Even As Privacy Debate Rages

By THE SAN FRANCISCO CHRONICLE

9. February 2010

It’s these highly personalized capabilities that raise the hackles of
privacy advocates, however. They raise a host of questions about "how
the data is used and manipulated without the consumer understanding,"
said John Simpson of Consumer Watchdog. Those concerns are only
heightened by the proposed acquisition by Google, which he said could
bore deeper into personal information by coupling its rich user
databases with AdMob’s.

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Google search ad, what dat?

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8. February 2010

Super Bowl XLIV wasn’t only a first for the New Orleans Saints, it was also a landmark for Internet giant, Google.  The company actually bought an ad, one that ironically reveals exactly the privacy issues raised by the company that consumers should worry about.

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Justice Department Objects to Revised Google Books Settlement

By AMERICAN LIBRARIES MAGAZINE

5. February 2010

The Department of Justice filed a statement of interest February 4 saying that that despite “substantial progress”  it still had objections to the proposed settlement of lawsuits challenging Google’s Book Search project, noting that the agreement continued to raise copyright, antitrust, and class certification issues. Consumer Watchdog, which had filed a brief opposing the settlement, praised the Justice Department’s stance. “The Department of Justice should
be commended for standing firm in opposing this private deal that
unfairly benefits the narrow agenda of one company,” said John M.
Simpson, a consumer advocate with the nonprofit group. “The DOJ filing
and the outpouring of other briefs from around the world opposing the
amended settlement, such as the one filed by Consumer Watchdog, make it
almost certain Judge Denny Chin will reject the deal.”

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US DoJ Dissatisfied With Google Book Deal

By FINANCIAL TIMES UK

5. February 2010

San Francisco, CA — The US Department of Justice on Thursday said it was still not satisfied with an agreement on digitising books made between Google, authors and publishers, despite “substantial progress” on amendments to the settlement. Consumer Watchdog, the consumer group, welcomed the DoJ’s objections to the deal. “Google offered only minimal amendments to its original flawed deal and
the key problems remain,” said John Simpson, a spokesman. “The DoJ filing and the outpouring of other briefs from around the
world opposing the amended settlement make it almost certain [Judge
Chin] will reject the deal.”

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Justice Says Revised Google Books Deal Still Problematic

By TECH DAILY DOSE BLOG

5. February 2010

The Justice Department announced late Thursday that it still has problems with a proposed settlement between the publishing industry and Google over the firm’s plans for developing a global online library, CongressDaily reported. In a statement, the Open Book Alliance, which opposes the settlement,
applauded the Justice Department’s filing saying, it will "help to
preserve competition, promote innovation and protect the public
interest. The Department of Justice has made it crystal clear that the
proposal before the court is overreaching and cannot be approved." The
alliance members include Amazon.com, Microsoft and Yahoo, as well as
some library, writer and publishing groups. John Simpson with Consumer
Watchdog also praised the department in a statement for "standing firm
in opposing this private deal that unfairly benefits the narrow agenda
of one company" and predicted the court will reject it.

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Justice Dept Says Google Books Deal Troubled

By REUTERS

5. February 2010

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Changes that Google Inc and the Authors Guild made to an ambitious plan to create a massive online library were inadequate because they fail to address antitrust and copyright concerns, the U.S. Justice Department said on Thursday. Critics of the deal have been a varied group that includes Yahoo
Inc, Amazon Inc, Microsoft Inc, the National Writers Union and Consumer
Watchdog.

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Feds Still Troubled By Google’s Digital Book Deal

By ASSOCIATED PRESS

5. February 2010

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The U.S. Justice Department still thinks a proposal to give Google the digital rights to millions of hard-to-find books threatens to stifle competition and undermine copyright laws, despite revisions aimed at easing those concerns. Consumer Watchdog, one of the groups fighting the settlement, applauded
the Justice Department for taking a stand against a deal "that unfairly
benefits the narrow agenda of one company."

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DOJ: Thumbs Down Again to Google Book Search Settlement

By COMPUTERWORLD

4. February 2010

In a big blow to Google’s efforts to build a massive digital-books marketplace and library, the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) has come out against the revised agreement to settle copyright lawsuits brought against Google by authors and publishers. Consumer Watchdog, a critic of the settlement, praised the DOJ’s
opinion and predicted the judge will not approve the proposal. "The
Department of Justice should be commended for standing firm in opposing
this private deal that unfairly benefits the narrow agenda of one
company," said John M. Simpson, a consumer advocate with Consumer
Watchdog, in a statement.

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Press Release

Consumer Watchdog Praises DOJ for Opposing Google Books Settlement

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4. February 2010

SANTA MONICA, CA — Consumer Watchdog praised the U.S. Department of
Justice today for opposing the amended Google Books Settlement. The DOJ
said that while there were improvements in the amended settlement,
problems with class certification, copyright and antitrust issues
remained.

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Google, NSA Partnership Raises Privacy Hackles

By THE TECHNOLOGY CHRONICLES BLOG (SF CHRON)

4. February 2010

The revelation that Google Inc. is partnering with the National Security Agency to probe a widespread cyber attack has quickened the pulse of privacy advocates.

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