Archive | April, 2010

Consumer Group Calls for Antitrust Investigation of Google

21. April 2010

The U.S. Department of Justice should launch a broad antitrust investigation into Google’s search and advertising practices and consider a wide array of penalties, including possibly breaking the company up, a consumer group said Wednesday. Consumer Watchdog, along with a mobile entrepreneur and two lawyers representing Google rivals, all called on the DOJ to initiate an antitrust investigation focusing on a number of issues, including Google’s marriage of search results to advertising and its book search service.

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Watchdog Wants Google’s Head as Google’s Lobbying Spend Jumps 57%

21. April 2010

Consumer groups and privacy watchdogs suspicious of Google Creep — its growing size and extension on the Web — are looking at Google’s moves in Washington, D.C., with the flinty enthusiasm of fire and brimstone preachers.

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Consumer Watchdog Calls on Justice Department to Launch Antitrust Action Against Google, Including Possible Breakup

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21. April 2010

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Consumer Watchdog today called on the U.S. Department of Justice to launch a broad antitrust action against Google seeking remedial action that could include breaking the Internet giant into separate companies.

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Buzz Saw: Privacy Czars Blast Google

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20. April 2010

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Buzz Saw: Privacy Czars Blast Google

In a letter to Google CEO Eric Schmidt, the “unprecedented” coalition of privacy czars from Europe, Canada and Israel described the surprise conversion of Google’s private email service to a public social networking service without informing users as a violation of “the fundamental principle that individuals should be able to control the use of their personal information.”

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Google Spent $1.38 Million on Federal Lobbying in Q1

20. April 2010

Google spent $4.03 million lobbying the federal government last year, according to records on the Senate site, compared with Microsoft Corp’s $6.72 million and Oracle Corp’s $5.10 million. First-quarter figures from those companies were expected to be filed by the end of Tuesday. John Simpson, a consumer advocate with the group Consumer Watchdog, said the latest data shows the extent to which Google is increasing its lobbying efforts. Google has “gone from no presence in Washington, to really now what’s one of the biggest lobby shops around,” Simpson said.

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Google’s Lobbying Spending Soars 57 Percent

20. April 2010

Google’s Lobbying Spending Soars 57 Percent

Google increased its lobbying spending in the first quarter by a whopping 57 percent over the previous year as it paid $1.3 million to influence lawmakers and regulators, according to public records filed today. “Google is relatively new to the influence-peddling game, but they’re now one of the highest rollers in Washington,” said John M. Simpson, consumer advocate with Consumer Watchdog.

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Consumer Group to Call for Google Break up

20. April 2010

Consumer Watchdog, the Santa Monica group that’s proving a perpetual thorn in the side of Google Inc., plans to call on the Justice Department to launch an antitrust action against the search giant and seek remedies including a possible break up.

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Should Google Be Broken Up Into Several Companies?

20. April 2010

A Santa Monica, Calif.-based consumer watchdog group called, er, “Consumer Watchdog” intends to ask the U.S. Justice Department tomorrow during a press conference to investigate and take antitrust action against Google. The action they’re calling for includes breaking up the company into “baby Googs.”

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Australian news video calls Google “a company on steroids”

19. April 2010

A video produced by Hungry Beast, a weekly news show on Australian television puts Internet giant …

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“Google HomeView” arrives in Germany

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18. April 2010

Many Germans have objected strenuously to Google’s Street View service saying that it is an improper invasion of their privacy.

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An answer to Google’s annoying Super Bowl ad

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16. April 2010

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Remember the ever-so-cute ad that Google ran during the Super Bowl?  Now there’s a parody that shows some not-so-cute things you can do using Google’s…

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Google Gmail Privacy

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16. April 2010

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How Google’s ‘Chrome’ Doesn’t Protect Your Privacy

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16. April 2010

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