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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-09-18 19:02
So what are the implications of Microsoft losing its antitrust appeal in the EU's Appeals court -- which was a page one story in all the major papers?
More and different than most may think.
The EU is signalling in it's harsh treatment of Microsoft, that the EU is going to be tough on "dominant" firms.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-09-18 10:56
The New York Times has twin articles today that provide fresh additional evidence of why the Google-DoubleClick merger is anticompetitive: "Google to sell Webpage ads on Mobile phones" and "Times stops charging for parts of its website."
The first article is yet more compelling evidence that Google's main merger defense -- that Google and DoubleClick don't compete in serving ads -- is simply bogus.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-09-14 18:15
I am on a Broadband Policy panel on Monday at 4:45 at the Future of Music Summit with a couple of the lead folks who champion net neutrality: Professor Tim Wu, who coined the term, and Ben Scott, of Free Press who has slickly popularized it in close coordination with Moveon.org.
Congress and the FCC are currently working a series of initiatives designed to revise the telecommunications regulatory framework, with everything from spectrum reform, to broadband deployment, to network neutrality on the table. How will proposed revisions impact musicians, citizens and technologists? How does broadband policy intersect with concerns about protecting intellectual property? What would a pro-musician Telecom Act look like?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-09-14 13:50
Google calling for global privacy standards is like the fox guarding the henhouse calling for better chicken wire standards.
In a public relations ploy, Google, is now calling for international privacy legislation; see AP's "Google launches global privacy crusade."
My analysis of Google's call for International privacy standards is that it is a transparent PR ploy to try and lead the protest march for the cameras while trying to distract people from the fact that the privacy "march" is actually heading directly towards Google headquarters.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-09-14 10:56
Google's credibility as a real and reliable wireless carrier has taken a big hit in that Tech Daily is reporting that a Google/Earthlink's "sweeping plan to blanket San Francisco with a high speed Internet network is officially dead."
With much fanfare Google has said it would bring free WiFi to San Francisco at an estimated cost of $15 million with partner Earthlink, which now is experiencing financial problems and layoffs.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2007-09-13 10:58
Seems that Google and NASA have created a special "two-tiered" information super-runway conveniently 7 minutes away from Google's Silicon Valley Headquarters, where only Google's co-founders planes can land takeoff and park, but no other private planes can.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-09-12 10:58
Evidence continues to mount that the Google-DoubleClick merger presents serious anti-competitive concerns.
Let me share a series of antitrust developments over the last several days that cumulatively are very significant.
First, and most ominous, is that Yahoo, the weak #2 in the search market, which used to use Google's search engine, has been actively considering exiting the search business and outsourcing to #1 dominant Google or distant #3 Microsoft, because investors want the greatly expanded investment returns such a revenue-enhancing and cost cutting move would generate for shareholders.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-09-11 18:05
If you missed The Washington Post's Steve Pearlstein's incisive and on point critique of how the campaign for net neutrality has morphed, it surely deserves a read -- its short.
See the header "Whiny Techies II" ("Whiny Techies I" is funny too.)
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-09-10 12:12
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2007-09-07 18:10
Some folks have no shame.