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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-06-24 09:37
Has Mr. Masnick of techdirt fame joined Google's legendary PR team as its go to apologist in the blogosphere?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-06-23 13:17
For anyone wanting to better understand the big picture threat to our Nation's communications and media infrastructure/business models, please don't miss Randy May's outstanding post: "Not Mao Zedong or a communist... but a Socialist."
Building on the great foundation of work laid down by Adam Theirer of the Progress and Freedom Foundation in this area, Randy adds another laser spotlight on how there are powerful ideological forces championed by FreePress' leader Robert McChesney that seek ultimate government control of both the media and the communications infrastructure.
The disturbing common thread here that deserves much more attention from freedom-loving people everywhere, is the deeply (and scarily successful) anti-free-enterprise, anti-property, anti-individual-freedom efforts by FreePress in promoting a de facto government takeover of both the media and broadband communications infrastructure.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sat, 2010-06-19 18:01
Mr. Masnick of techdirt fame is putting his head in the sand, just like an ostrich does, in hopes that the danger of "search neutrality" will somehow go away as long as he manages to not see or hear anything about it.
First, none other than Google's founders railed against advertising causing "insidious" bias in search results -- in their famous Stanford paper on search engines -- see Appendix A.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-06-17 14:06
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June, 17 2010
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“FCC Regulating the Internet like a Phone Company Would Enthrone “Ma Google”
“FCC’s Broadband De-competition Policy Would Accelerate Google-opolization of the Net”
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-06-16 12:00
Google has much to lose in its ill-advised PR and public policy war with Apple, its previous closest Silicon Valley ally.
Antitrust or Fiduciary liablility? Google's recent market behavior puts Google and its CEO Eric Schmidt in a lose-lose situation.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-06-14 14:31
Predictably, the FCC's Google-oriented-BICS-scheme has three fatal flaws -- making it a disaster waiting to happen.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-06-10 15:12
Google unwisely brought closer scrutiny to Google's public representation of its business model by pushing WSJ columnist, Holman Jenkins, to run this footnote/correction:
With all of the controversy surrounding Google's business model (WiFi privacy-invasion investigations on four continents... a massive private data spill from Chinese hackers stealing Google's password security system... and increasing calls for the DOJ/EU to bring an antitrust case against Google), it seems particularly ill-advised for Google to be nitpicking about how Google wants to represent/misrepresent its business model to the public.
Let's parse Google's misleading nitpicking.
First, Google is being too cute by half in insisting its business is not as Mr. Jenkins succinctly encapsulated it to be: "collecting data it can sell to advertisers."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-06-07 12:57
Google's CEO Eric Schmidt, dismissed the notion that Google was "arrogant" in an FT interview.
It seems to me that "the arrogance comes across" with Google because Google operates, and expects to operate, under a double standard -- where rules, laws and expectations apply to others, but do not, and should not, apply to Google -- because Google is somehow special.
The latest example of Google's expectation to be treated differently and better than Google treats everyone else -- is Google's "permissions" policy. (See the Goobris Series below for other examples.)
Google's "Total Information Awareness" Power -- A one-page graphic of all the information Google hasSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-06-04 12:50
To help you picture both the enormity and unprecedented power of what Google knows about you and the world's information: public, private and proprietary, I have organized all the world's information types that Google collects onto a one-page chart/PDF: "Google's 'Total Information Awareness' Power."
For those who really want to understand Google and its impact on most everyone and most everything, please read and study this one-page chart/PDF, because much valuable work and insight has gone into it.
A short refresher on where the term "Total Information Awareness" came from and why it is aptly employed here.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-06-02 22:18
The FCC has a ready-made opportunity to protect consumers by approving the simple rule updates recommended in the pending Retransmission Petition.
The petition is laser-focused on updates to the FCC's rules to protect consumers from being used as pawns or hostages in commercial disputes not of their making or interest.
It is highly instructive that opponents of the retransmission petition focus most all their argumentation on protecting the status quo, that unnecessarily puts consumers directly in harms way, and that does not directly address why consumers should not be protected as recommended in the petition.