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Google dodges two bullets as Wi-Spy questions linger

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Google dodges two bullets as Wi-Spy questions linger

Google’s success at forging non-adversarial relationships with government regulators in the Anglo-American world is paying dividends for the Internet giant. Wednesday the British information commissioner in London declined to fine the Internet company for privacy violations in the United Kingdom for its Wi-Spying activities.

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The monopoly question just won’t go away

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

The monopoly question just won’t go away

Google’s efforts to expand its search advertising business into the online travel sector now faces the combined opposition of its competitors. The campaign against Google is another reminder that policy decisions in Washington are crucial to the company’s efforts to expand beyond its search advertising business which still provides 97 percent of its revenue.

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British privacy watchdog gets tougher in Wi-Spy scandal

Monday, October 25, 2010

British privacy watchdog gets tougher in Wi-Spy scandal

The United Kingdom privacy watchdog has finally joined eighteen other nations in investigating Google for its Wi-Spying, the Internet giant’s clandestine acquisition of personal user information from wireless networks while taking photographs for its Street View mapping service.

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Google’s PAC joins Republican bandwagon

Friday, October 22, 2010

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Google’s PAC joins Republican bandwagon

In a move that’s either deeply pragmatic or deeply cynical, Silicon Valley’s most openly pro-Democratic company shifted course this fall and gave more than half its political action committee donations to Republicans. Google Inc. NetPAC gave Republicans $57,500 between July and October, the group’s filing this week with the Federal Election Committee shows. That’s 55% of the $105,000 total contributions; Democrats received $47,500 or 45%.

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Is history repeating itself with Google antitrust saga?

Thursday, April 29, 2010

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Is history repeating itself with Google antitrust saga?

Is this how it begins?
A handful of small companies crushed by a technology giant file David v. Goliath unfair competition lawsuits. A leading Silicon Valley antitrust expert lends his legal brains to the seemingly hopeless cause. Soon, a company that thinks it is all powerful and can do no wrong is forced to face up to the reality that it does not play well with others.

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