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Google blows deadline for Los Angeles email switch; can’t meet LAPD needs

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26. July 2010

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Google blows deadline for Los Angeles email switch; can’t meet LAPD needs

Google has blown the deadline to move the City of Los Angeles’ email system and other applications to the Internet Giant’s highly-touted cloud computing system because it hasn’t been able to meet the security requirements of Los Angeles Police Department.

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Candian court won’t dismiss Perfect 10 infringement suit

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26. July 2010

Candian court won’t dismiss Perfect 10 infringement suit

A Canadian court has denied Google’s attempt to dismiss a copyright infringement lawsuit filed by Perfect 10, an adult entertainment publisher.

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Google’s wind power

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26. July 2010

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Google’s wind power

Google’s purchase of twenty years worth of renewable energy from an Iowa wind farm is more of a business decision than Google.org’s philanthropic investments in clean energy. But last week’s announcement, contrary to some blogosphere reaction, does not make Mountain View a competitor in the energy sector.

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Google Misses Deadline for L.A. City E-mail System

By , THE LOS ANGELES TIMES

24. July 2010

Google Inc. has missed the deadline on its high-profile contract to take over Los Angeles’ e-mail system, leaving nearly 20,000 city employees on an aging system that the city is paying the Internet search giant $7.25 million to replace.

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House Dems Block White House Witness in Google Email Breach

By , NATIONAL LEGAL & POLICY CENTER

23. July 2010

At the hearing, a consumer watchdog testified that he believed the White House was too cozy with Google, and the company’s lobbying interests. “I do think that Google specifically has perhaps too close a relationship with the government,” said John Simpson, director of the Stem Cell Project. “I think Mr. McLaughlin’s appointment is one of those ties that are inappropriate.”

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Web 2.0 hearing overshadowed by politics; Simpson calls for Wi-Spy probe

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23. July 2010

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Web 2.0 hearing overshadowed by politics;  Simpson calls for Wi-Spy probe

Consumer Watchdog’s John M. Simpson testified at a hearing yesterday on federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology, but the hearing got off to a rocky start when Ranking Member Patrick McHenry (R-NC) opted for a procedural gimmick and even introduced a motion to adjourn the hearing before the witnesses were able to testify.

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Congressman Boucher’s ties to Google may explain comments

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23. July 2010

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Congressman Boucher’s ties to Google may explain comments

Rep. Rick Boucher, D-Va, chairman of the Communications, Technology and the Internet Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee took a potshot at us this week. Folks at Consumer Watchdog have thick skins so we don’t really mind at all. I just figure you should have the context for the representative’s remarks.

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Is National Security Behind Google’s Wi-Fi Spying?

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22. July 2010

“Is there some relationship between Google and the NSA (National Security Agency)?” asked Jamie Court, president of Consumer Watchdog, a nonprofit consumer advocacy group. “Was this data shared with intelligence agencies in America? It’s a question. We just want a straight answer.”

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Consumer Watchdog Repeats Request for Google Wi-Spy Hearing In Congressional Testimony About Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology

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22. July 2010

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Consumer Watchdog Repeats Request for Google Wi-Spy Hearing In Congressional Testimony About Federal Use of Web 2.0 Technology

WASHINGTON, DC — Consumer Advocate John M. Simpson today repeated Consumer Watchdog’s call for Congressional hearings into the Google Wi-Spy scandal during testimony about federal agency use of Web 2.0 technology. The hearing was before the Subcommittee on Information Policy, Census and National Archives of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

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Why Won’t Congress Look Into Google’s Wi-Spy Scandal?

21. July 2010

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Inside Google’s John M. Simpson to testify to Congress

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21. July 2010

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Inside Google’s John M. Simpson to testify to Congress

We haven’t yet persuaded the House Energy and Commerce Committee to convene a hearing on Google’s Wi-Spy snooping and its dealings with intelligence agencies, but I’m off to Washington to testify to another committee.

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Multi-State Probe Into Google WiFi Incident Announced

By , NATIONAL JOURNAL - TECH DAILY DOSE BLOG

21. July 2010

Consumer Watchdog, a group that has been critical of Google on multiple fronts, praised the state effort but again urged Congress to hold a hearing on the issue. “Just as the CEO of BP was asked to explain the Gulf oil spill to the House Energy and Commerce Committee, so should Google CEO Eric Schmidt be required to testify about the gross intrusion into consumers’ privacy,” John Simpson, the group’s consumer advocate, said in a statement.

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Google Lobbying Spending Nearly Doubles, $1.34M Spending Focused on Privacy

By , FAST COMPANY

21. July 2010

This past quarter, Google spent $1.34 million on Washington lobbyists, an increase of 41% over last year’s spending during the same period. That brings the company’s lobbying money up to $2.72 million for the first half of 2010, according to Consumer Watchdog. With all that spending, who and what is Google trying to influence?

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