Archive | August, 2010

Google as Pentagon contractor

31. August 2010

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Google as Pentagon contractor

Google’s emergence as a major defense contractor was underscored last week when the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency tweaked its Aug. 20 announcement of a sole-source contract to the search giant for visualization services.

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Watch our new Times Square video: Don’t Be Evil?

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30. August 2010

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Watch our new Times Square video: <i>Don’t Be Evil?</i>

Do you want Google or any other online company looking over your shoulder and tracking your every move online just so it can increase its profits? Consumers have a right to privacy. They should control how their information is gathered and what it is used for.

Watch our video, and sign our petition telling Congress to make a “Do Not Track Me” list.

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Google faces close DOJ scrutiny on ITA

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27. August 2010

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Google faces close DOJ scrutiny on ITA

Despite what the spinmeisters over at Google’s Public Policy Blog would have you believe, the Internet giant is facing tough scrutiny from the U.S. Department of Justice over its planned acquisition of ITA Software.

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Stephen Colbert: 1. Google: 0.

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26. August 2010

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Google loses its mojo

25. August 2010

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Google loses its mojo

Three Web pundits are asking: is the quality of the Google’s search product declining? These are not the defensive gripes of traditional journalists lamenting the demise of the newspaper business model. These are New Media partisans who say the quality of the Google search experience is declining.

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If you’re ashamed of what you’ve done, change your name

20. August 2010

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If you’re ashamed of what you’ve done, change your name

At a certain point, fabulously successful people can grow fabulously out of touch with the world that the rest of us live in. Think of the late Michael Jackson. Think the hedge fund manager who was surprised that people were offended by his $3 million birthday party.

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Is new tablet computer tied to Google-Verizon deal?

19. August 2010

Is new tablet computer tied to Google-Verizon deal?

When Google and Verizon (G-V) announced their “joint policy framework” on net neutrality, the search giant denied its new position had been shaped by its alliance with the telecom giant.

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Four House members blast Google-Verizon plan; call on FCC to act

16. August 2010

Four House members blast Google-Verizon plan; call on FCC to act

Four members of the House Energy and Commerce Committee’s Subcommittee on Communications, Technology, and the Internet, on Monday called the Google-Verizon joint net neutrality plan too “industry-centered” and called on the Federal Communications Commission to regulate broadband.

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Did Google-Verizon deal scuttle a better Web plan?

16. August 2010

Did Google-Verizon deal scuttle a better Web plan?

The New York Times reported Monday that Google and Verizon reached their agreement on managing the Internet just as the Federal Communications Commission’s efforts to forge “a stronger agreement” were close to succeeding.

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“Do Not Track Me” gains traction in Washington

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15. August 2010

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“Do Not Track Me” gains traction in Washington

I’m just back from a sweltering week in Washington, DC, convinced that those of us who care about protecting consumers’ online privacy have reason for optimism. There is growing interest in creating a “Do Not Track Me” list and mechanism to implement it.

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Smile! Aerial Images Being Used to Enforce Laws

14. August 2010

RIVERHEAD, N.Y. — On New York’s Long Island, it’s used to prevent drownings. In Greece, it’s a tool to help solve a financial crisis. Municipalities update property assessment rolls and other government data with it. Some in law enforcement use it to supplement reconnaissance of crime suspects. High-tech eyes in the sky — from satellite […]

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Google’s net neutrality case fails to convince

13. August 2010

Google’s net neutrality case fails to convince

As protests against Google’s changing position on net neutrality mount online (here, here and here) and at the company’s Mountain View campus, it’s worth parsing the search giant’s official response.

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Santa Monica Consumer Group Alleges Google-Verizon Internet Plan Could Hinder Universal Internet Access

11. August 2010

A Santa Monica-based consumer watchdog group this week decried a proposal by Google and Verizon Communications that it says would put an end to net neutrality and create a system of pay-to-play haves and have-nots when it comes to internet access.

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