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You can read ‘CQ Researcher’ in-depth report on Google’s dominance

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23. November 2011

You can read ‘CQ Researcher’ in-depth report on Google’s dominance

The Prestigious CQ Researcher has recently tackled the issue of  Google’s dominance, asking the question: “Is the online-search giant too powerful?”  See below for information about how you can read the entire online version of this important study. In a half-page opinion piece in the 24-page report, I square off with Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt [...]

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Google and Facebook lobby expense reports likely to set new records Wednesday

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18. July 2011

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Google and Facebook  lobby expense reports likely to set new records Wednesday

Lobbying expenditure reports are due to be filed with the the Senate Office of Public Records Wednesday and you can expect record expenditures from both Facebook and Google.

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Ex-Googler Leaves The White House

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23. December 2010

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Ex-Googler Leaves The  White House

Former Google executive Andrew McLaughlin has resigned as Deputy Chief Technology Officer in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, prompted at least in part, I think, by issues Consumer Watchdog raised.

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NY Times Asks: Can Google Grow Without Becoming A Monopoly?

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22. December 2010

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NY Times Asks: Can Google Grow Without Becoming A Monopoly?

The New York Times editorial questioning Google’s purchase of online flight software company ITA raises questions that could well apply to any new business Google buys unless the Internet Goliath changes its business model.

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Add a 4th category of lie: Googlespeak

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25. October 2010

Add a 4th category  of lie: Googlespeak

You’ve probably heard the description of ways to mislead people that was attributed to British Prime Minister Benjamin Disreali and popularized in this country by Mark Twain: “There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies and statistics.” Now we can add a fourth: Googlespeak.

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Google’s PAC joins Republican bandwagon

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22. October 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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Google ‘definitions’ offer interesting insight into Internet giant

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15. October 2010

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Google ‘definitions’ offer interesting insight into Internet giant

Struggling to find the definition for a word? Simply type “define: XXXX”, where XXXX is the word you’re asking about, into Google’s search box. Over at the New Yorker in an article called “Don’t Be Evil,” Simon Rich notes Google’s ability to serve up definitions. Then he has a little fun.

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Google continues buying binge, maintains image as innovator

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28. September 2010

Google continues buying binge, maintains image as innovator

Internet giant Google is leading led the tech sector in acquisitions buying almost twice the number of companies as second place IBM. The data, compiled by CB insights, shows Google has announced 23 acquisitions through Sept. 24 compared to IBM’s 12

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Google OKs critical ads after Consumer Watchdog’s letter to CEO Eric Schmidt

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10. September 2010

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Google OKs critical ads after Consumer Watchdog’s letter to CEO Eric Schmidt

Google has now decided to run ads from Consumer Watchdog critical of the Internet giant’s privacy practices and aimed to promote a satirical animated video of CEO Eric Schmidt. Thursday Consumer Watchdog President Jamie Court and I wrote Schmidt arguing that the company had a moral obligation to display advertising from critics.

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Our letter to Eric Schmidt: Google shouldn’t care more about its own privacy than ours

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9. September 2010

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Our letter to Eric Schmidt: Google shouldn’t care more about its own privacy than ours

Google’s mission may be to open the world to information, but it is refusing to let our consumer group buy a search advertisement promoting wildly popular online animation that takes CEO Eric Schmidt to task over his statements about privacy issues. It seems the search giant cares a lot more about its own corporate privacy, than it does about its users’ privacy.

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Google as Pentagon contractor

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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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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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Google Builds Street Cred w/Chef Jose Andres

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15. July 2010

Google Builds Street Cred w/Chef Jose Andres

I ventured into the DC Googleplex last night for one of the company’s “Google D.C. Talks” and no one challenged me at the door. It looks like Consumer Watchdog isn’t on a no-entry list after our latest investigation into Google’s Wi-Spy wiretapping activities. No one was asked to sign a non-disclosure agreement to get in either, as they usually ask visitors to do.

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