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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-03-09 17:15
Today's New York Times front page story "Google's computing power betters translation tool" by Miguel Helft spotlights that Google arguably owns and operates "the world's largest computer." The article quotes a Google engineering VP explaining that Google's unparalleled computing power enables Google to "take approaches others can't even dream of."
Combine the world's largest computer, with the best automated translation capability for most all of the world's top languages, with reports from the front page of the Washington Post that Google proactively sought help from America's top spy agency, the NSA, for its cyber-security vulnerabilities, and it is not surprising that foreigners would be growing increasingly wary of Google and the extraordinary potential power that Google holds over them.
So what do foreigners increasingly see Google doing?
First, they increasingly see "The United States of Google," a term Jeff Jarvis coined in his book on Google. Shortly after Google publicly accused the Chinese Government of being behind or complicit in the cyber-attacks on Google:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-03-08 18:47
Apple's patent lawsuit against Google's outsourced handset manufacturer, HTC, is all about putting Google's "innovation without permission" credo in the legal crosshairs and exposing Google's exceptional legal liability here.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-03-03 21:54
If you enjoy these satires, please check out more at the GoogleMonitor.com humor section. Enjoy!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2010-02-27 17:27
The old adage, those in glass house should not throw stones could not fit FreePress better.
FreePress' Campaign Director Tim Karr is
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-02-26 13:10
Google announced it was under preliminary investigation by EU Antitrust authorities due to several antitrust complaints filed against it, and it began to frame its antitrust defense against the charges.
Foundem FCC Filing Documents Google search network discrimination; Window into EU-Google antitrust caseSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-02-24 10:02
Foundem, a UK vertical search competitor to Google, documents serial anticompetitive discrimination on Google's search network, in a data-driven filing to the FCC in the FCC's Open Internet regulation proceeding.
In essence, the Foundem filing accuses Google of monopolistic self-dealing and bundling.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-02-19 15:26
My www.GoogleMonitor.com site will keep watch over Google on Google Energy's trading in energy derivatives because it is ripe for abuse, as I explained in my earlier post: "Google's Energy trading proposal sounds eerily like Enron's disastrous derivative scheme".
Per the WSJ: "A spokeswoman for the company has said Google has no plans to sell its energy management service or speculate in energy markets. But she acknowledged the company isn't completely sure how it will proceed."
The concern here is that Google publicly has given itself wide latitutde here to speculate in energy markets in the future... because of their statement above... and because the FERC approved in its order Feb 18th "blanket authorization... to issue securities and assume obligations or liabilities as guarantor, indorser, surety, or otherwise in respect of any security of a another person..."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-02-19 12:46
Unfortunately I have to respectfully challenge Mr. Masnick of Techdirt for his reflexive apologia of Google in blaming Google's victims for exerising their legal rights to protect themselves and to get their day in court -- in filing a class action privacy suit over Google Buzz.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-02-17 14:28
Pending FCC policy proposals in the National Broadband Plan and the Open Internet regulation proceeding would vastly expand the implicit multi-billion dollar subisidies Google already enjoys, as by far the largest user of Internet bandwidth and the smallest contributor to the Internet's cost relative to its use.
Interestingly, the FCC's largely Google-driven policy proposals effectively would:
I. Does Google need more subsidies?
Google is one of the most-profitable, fastest-growing, cash-rich companies in the world, with over $10b in annual free cash flow, 17% revenue growth, and ~$25b in cash on hand.
"Boldly Deceptive: FreePress' extreme agenda in their own words" -- great Americans for Prosperity reportSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-02-16 17:41
Kudos to Phil Kerpen of Americans for Prosperity for their spot-on report of quotes from FreePress that exposes what FreePress is really all about.
Their report shows, in FreePress' own words, that they are a dystopian nightmare masquerading as a public interest group protecting freedom of the press.