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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-12-17 19:24
Google's latest business move to create "knols" should be sending shivers down the spine of any cognizant content publisher that cares about the future economics or growth of their online content.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-12-14 13:28
What may be the most troublesome aspect of Google's extraordinary ascent to power in the marketplace and in our society is Google's exceptional lack of accountability.
On what basis can I say Google has "exceptional lack of accountability"?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-12-14 11:47
ITNews has an interesting take in its piece "Google keeps what Ask.com erases."
I flag this in the context of the Google-DoubleClick merger because not only does Google:
The market is even less competitive than I outlined in my Googleopoly white paper.
It reminds the astute watcher of how Microsoft used non-disclosed contractual arrangements to acquire more market power in the 1990's...
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-12-14 10:53
If you want to test the validity, appropriateness or reasonableness of a so-called inviolate "principle" like net neutrality, it can be instructive to apply that principle in a different context to see if it makes sense.
What if we passed a law that all health care had to be neutral?
What would be the nonsensical result of such a broad imposition of a "neutral" medical treatment mandate?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-12-13 10:43
While I am a frequent and usually appreciative reader of CNet's Declan McCullagh Iconoclast column, I have to challenge Declan's recent piece "House Republican targets Google on Privacy Grounds" when he questions the motives of the Senior Republican of the House Commerce Committee for caring about privacy in the Google-DoubleClick merger, when Declan and CNET did not disclose that Declan's wife now works for Google.
I was also surprised and dismayed that Declan's post included a CNet chart from August to try and put Google in the best light on privacy but did not mention the other side of the coin -- that Privacy International study recently ranked Google as worst in the world on privacy issues.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-12 17:13
Larry Downes produced an outstanding analysis for ZDNet today which he entitled "Save Internet Freedom -- From Regulation."
I strongly recommend it as it is one of the most cogent and persuasive pieces I have read in a long time on the subject.
He does a great service by putting the issue into much clearer context -- vis-a-vis other industries and past attempts to regulate where the government shouldn't have.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-12 10:58
With the Google-DoubleClick merger reportedly in the final decision phase at the FTC, it will be interesting to learn what they ultimately conclude and if they have been monitoring recent market developments closely.
In my Googleopoly analysis published in July, I explained in detail why the search market had already tipped to dominance and why Yahoo and Microsoft would continue to fall behind Google.
The incoming evidence continues to prove my Googleopoly analysis was dead on.
There has been some reporting of Ask.com's new program "search eraser" which is a great new feature to help protect people's privacy that want it.
More guilty-until-proven-innocent regulation from Google's Poodles; new petition on texting regulationSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-12-11 10:59
The Washington Post reports that a consortium of Google's closest net neutrality allies: FreePress/Moveon.org, Public Knowledge, New America Foundation, Media Access Project, are poised to petition the FCC again, this time to mandate that wireless carriers deliver all text messages to their customers, even including text messages by wireless competitors trying to sell their competing wireless services.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-12-06 12:51
I always enjoy learning about a new fresh take on an old issue.
Kudos to Dr. Daniel Ballon who wrote a great editorial on net neutrality for The Hill newspaper: "Net neutrality punishes everyone for Comcast's actions."
He recounts a great analogy about how "neutral" networks on Black Monday, the stock market crash of October 19, 1987, was made worse by a traffic jam of orders that couuld not be managed in an orderly fashion to keep the stock market functioning and open.
At its core, the policy of net neutrality, that all traffic is always treated equally no matter what is -- unreasonable, unwise, and irrational.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-05 18:40
Two prominent Californians that matter recently did not side with home state Google on Google's pet policy crusade -- net neutrality. Awwwww. I feel bad for Google...
Barrons reports in "Arnold drops net neutrality" that:
Moreover, California Public Utility Commissioner Rachelle Chong wrote a great and thoughtful piece for the ACLI of the New York Law School that comprehensively debunks the call for net neutrality in: "The 31 flavors of the net neutrality debate: Beware of the Trojan Horse." Ouch. Ouch.