Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-24 18:43
I'd like to welcome back to the playing field, the reconstituted "ItsOurNet Coalition" which inexplicably went away in January, but has now returned as "The Open Internet Coalition!"
Now we finally know what they were doing while they were gone from the scene for four months...
I was frankly surprised that the new group chose not to be forthright and embrace its new "slimmed-down" public physique.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-24 14:20
Self-described "Internet inventor" and former Vice President Al Gore has a newly released book "The Assault on Reason" in which he comes out of the shadows and into the limelight as a leading public proponent of net neutrality.
The Save the Internet coalition blogged/bragged about the book in its post: Al Gore: Net Neutrality is the key to a better democracy." They lifted some Gore quotes that gave them lots of "warm fuzzies" inside:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-05-24 13:02
Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Chairman Kohl (D-WI) wrote the DOJ urging them to block the XM-Sirius merger.
It is an exceptionally persuasive and compelling letter that effectively eviscerates XM-Sirius' contention that satellite radio is not a separate market.
I believe this letter is a good "precursor" for what the DOJ will think and do.
This letter also reached the same conclusion I reached shortly after the merger was announced and which I blogged on in my previous post "XM-Sirius: The emperor has no clothes" 3-31-07.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-23 16:19
The Post Gazette reports today that:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-05-23 11:15
The article is: "Google is best positioned to dominate online ads."
It's a great read.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 18:30
Nick Carr wrote a dead-on column in the Gaurdian: "The net is being carved up into information plantations."
His thesis is the irony that as the web adds more and more destinations on line, fewer people seem to be visiting them.
What's my point? You know I always have a tie in.
This hyper-media concentration that is occurring on the web is much much greater than has occurred in traditional media.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 16:57
Scotland's Sunday Herald reports that : "INTERNET SEARCH engine Google is understood to have reached deals with several large UK news groups over carrying their content on Google News."
This news is on the heels of Google settling with Agence Presse and the Associated Press in separate settlements over IP theft.
The real question is:
Come clean Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-05-22 13:57
SaveTheInternet and net neutrality proponents are losing their populist message discipline, and starting to show their true philosphical colors in blatantly calling for what is effectively "digital socialism."
Andrew Rasiej, the founder of The Personal Democracy Forum, challenged Presidential candidates to become the next "Tech President" in a recent blogpost. It's important to note that his views are mainstream in the net neutrality movement as evidenced by the hearty endorsement they received by SaveTheInternet and by Wired Magazine Blog.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-21 18:02
The NY Times unearthed a fascinating and extremely important piece of antitrust-relevant information in its great article today: "Firefox and the anxiety of growing pains."
However, why this article is such a gem and is so important, is that it provides missing link evidence of why Google has become such a dominant search engine so fast, and why that domination is destined to increase.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-05-21 11:49
I believe Microsoft's purchase of Aquantive will have the effect of increasing antitrust scrutiny of Google-DoubleClick.
Let me count the ways that quote gives antitrust authorities the willies:
I can hear the Antitrust authorities sharpening their pencils and flexing their mouse clicking fingers now.