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FTC Estimates Google’s Privacy Hack Earned Up To $4 million

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1. October 2012

FTC Estimates Google’s Privacy Hack Earned Up To $4 million

One of the things you hear when companies try to minimize the impact of privacy violations is an attempt to claim there was no financial harm to consumers. However, in an interesting development the Federal Trade Commission is now publicly estimating that Google’s hack around Apple’s Safari browser privacy settings earned the Internet giant up to $ 4 million.

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Obama Ad Libs, Snubs Google In Acceptance Speech

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9. September 2012

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Obama Ad Libs, Snubs Google In Acceptance Speech

Consumer Watchdog has long been critical of the way Google has had easy access to the corridors of power in the Obama Administration. Now there is clear sign that the Internet giant has lost its luster with the President.

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Judge Orders Google, Oracle To Reveal Any Payments To Writers

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8. August 2012

Judge Orders Google, Oracle To Reveal Any Payments To Writers

Ever wonder who is behind some of the opinions expressed by various bloggers. Could it be that some are being paid to express particular views? Are they hit-men-for-hire?

Well, you’re not the only one to ask. The difference, though, is that this person can demand answers. The federal judge presiding in the Oracle v. Google patent infringement case wants to know if either company paid commentators or bloggers during the case.

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Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

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27. July 2012

Google Claims Another Wi-Spy “Mistake” After Breaking Promise

Google admitted Friday to the British data protection authorities that it failed to keep its promise to destroy data its Street View cars sucked up from private Wi-Fi networks. True to its form throughout out the Wi-Spy scandal, the Internet giant claimed it was all a mistake.

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Google Antitrust Deal In Europe Would Impact U.S.

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25. July 2012

Google Antitrust Deal In Europe Would Impact U.S.

Google — facing the possibility of a penalty of around $4 billion — is trying to cut a deal with European antitrust regulators that would settle the regulators’ objections without having to pay a fine.
It’s not certain that an agreement can be reached, but if one is, it will have a direct impact on the United States. Joaquin Almunia, EU competition commissioner, said that any concessions the Internet giant offers to resolve the EU’s antitrust concerns would be applied worldwide.

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They’re Finally Getting Google’s Number

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24. May 2012

They’re Finally Getting Google’s Number

Consumer Watchdog has long held the view that Google’s executives are hypocrites, claiming their mission is to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful, while remaining deeply secretive about the company’s activities. It wasn’t a popular view of the Internet giant. I think many people used to see Google as a [...]

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Google Forging Ahead With New Policy Despite More Objections; Fines Needed

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28. February 2012

Google Forging Ahead With New Policy Despite More Objections; Fines Needed

Google is forging ahead with its plan to launch its new privacy and data handling policies this Thursday despite objections from regulators on both sides of the Atlantic.

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Google faces questions from Congress; session should be public

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17. February 2012

Google faces questions from Congress; session should be public

Google is facing more questions from Congress. The Internet giant’s deliberate circumventing of privacy settings in Apple’s Safari browser — that’s the one used on iPhones and iPads — is prompting the outrage. The deliberate privacy breach was discovered by Stanford University researcher Jonathan Mayer and reported first by The Wall Street Journal.

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Google’s Motorola Deal OK’d, But Regulators Vow to Monitor Patents

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15. February 2012

Google’s Motorola Deal OK’d, But Regulators Vow to Monitor Patents

Regulators on both sides of the Atlantic have cleared Google’s $12.5 billion acquisition of Motorola Mobility, but are vowing to keep a close eye on the Internet giant’s behavior after the deal goes through.

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EPIC Files Suit To Block Google’s New Data Policy

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9. February 2012

EPIC Files Suit To Block Google’s New Data Policy

Our friends at the Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) went to court Wednesday to block Google from combining data gathered from its various services without users’ consent.

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FTC Will Probe Google’s Search Update

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13. January 2012

FTC Will Probe Google’s Search Update

Google’s latest change to its search engine, dubbed “Search plus Your World” apparently has drawn the scrutiny of the Federal Trade Commission because of antitrust concerns, according to Bloomberg News.

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Senators Call for Google Antitrust Probe

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19. December 2011

Senators Call for Google Antitrust Probe

The top Senators on the Judiciary Committee’s Antitrust Subcommittee are expressing concern to the Federal Trade Commission over Google’s business practices and the Internet giant’s impact on competition in Internet search and commerce.

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Google’s Sad LA Saga Draws To A Close

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13. December 2011

Google’s Sad LA Saga Draws To A Close

Google’s sad saga of missed deadlines and unfulfilled promises in attempting to provide the City of Los Angeles with a “cloud” based email and collaboration system appears to be drawing to a close.

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