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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-05-05 23:00
A consistent theme in my ongoing analysis of Google, has been Google's corporate refusal to overtly disclose the fundamental financial conflict of interest inherent in their business model, i.e that Google does not work for users like they routinely claim, but for advertisers and publishers.
Interestingly, it appears I am not the only one concerned that Google's advertising-based search model has a serious inherent conflict of interest.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2008-05-04 19:03
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-05-02 12:34
Interested observers in the Microsoft-Yahoo-Google-AOL-Ask.com-MySpace incestuous soap opera called search advertising, would be wise to bone up on the fine line between acceptable industry collaboration and illegal collusion, if recent reports prove true.
The fine line between collaboration and collusion.
First, while many may be aware that a Google-Yahoo outsourcing deal "would likely attract intense antitrust scrutiny" there is precious little analysis on this linchpin issue -- hence the genesis of this piece.
I believe the pattern of Google becoming the outsourced search engine for most all of the Internet -- save for a few properties -- is one of the most important and least understood competitive Internet issues.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-30 17:40
CNBC's Maria Bartaromo had a rare in-depth TV interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
The comments that have relevance to net neutrality were how Google's CEO, one of the biggest proponent for Net Neutrality legislation of broadband networks in the world, candidly admitted that all customers were not alike; that they have different needs; and that Google plans to charge those who want higher quality of service -- more money.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-30 13:57
Google deserves some bona fide kudos from me for blogging yesterday with some very sound and practical advice about how their users or anyone who reads their blog - could avoid getting hooked/scammed by fraudsters.
However, I was surprised that they did not choose to link to other sites in and out of government that could also be useful to consumers looking to protect themselves better.
I was also surprised it took a month for Google to say anything about how users could better protect themselves from new fraud scams that were exploiting weaknesses in Google's search engine protections so that Google was unwittingly offering up scam pages as part of their search results.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-30 12:40
Tom Sydnor of the Progress and Freedom Foundation has done a brilliant analysis of Professor Larry Lessig's book "Free Culture" in the important context of Professor Lessig's other works.
Let me highlight some gems:
First, his conclusion:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-04-29 10:02
I had meant to comment earlier on the FT's front page story last week on: "Google resolve crumbles on 'cookies' pledge."
The intro sentence says it all:
I can't say I am surprised -- as the old adage goes, a leopard doesn't change its spots.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-04-25 11:24
Anyone who considers themselves religious should read Red State's illuminating and shocking post, which documents an anti-Christian discriminatory bias by Stanford Law Professor Larry Lessig and his extremely close ally -- Google.
WARNING: Christians will find the one-minute-fifty-second video that Mr. Lessig shows to a laughing Google audience, sacrilegious, offensive, and disturbing.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-23 18:15
National Public Radio's All Things Considered" did a great 5 minute segment on: "Some Libraries Shun Google in Book Battle."
The story is set up as who should control the world's future virtual libraries as libraries and Google rush to digitize the world's books?
I note this story because these libraries are a spontaneous and very real grass roots response to Google's megalomaniacal mission: to organize the world's information and make it universally available and useful."
Google should take note. Here is a grass roots rebellion brewing from their left flank, which looks un-willing to be bought off by Google to go away.
Don't miss -- FCC's McDowell: why engineering problems should be solved by engineers not bureaucratsSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-04-18 15:46
The wisdom and clarity of thought prize at the FCC's enbanc hearing at Stanford goes to --- FCC Commissioner Robert McDowell!
I urge you to take a few moments and read the following excerpt from Commissioner McDowell's statement yesterday -- it really gets to the heart of the matter of what the appropriate role is for the FCC in broadband network management issues.
"...In their joint press announcement, Comcast and BitTorrent expressed the view that “these technical issues can be worked out through private business discussions without the need for government intervention.”