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  • Oops: Public supports web-blocking in Google-funded poll

    Oops: Public supports web-blocking in Google-funded poll

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    Talk about an inconvenient fact. A survey into US attitudes to internet piracy shows strong public support for blocking access to websites guilty of serial copyright infringement. No fewer than 58 per cent support the idea of ISPs blocking the pirate sites, and 36 per cent disagree with this. Of the respondents, 61 per cent want sites like Facebook to take more action to screen for infringing material.

    This may not be what the corporate sponsor Google, which benefits from … Read More

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  • ‘Google is fantastic and should be applauded’ – competition regulator

    ‘Google is fantastic and should be applauded’ – competition regulator

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    What happens when competition watchdogs lose their teeth – and roll over to have their tummies tickled? Via the influential chair of the Commons Culture Media and Sport Select Committee, John Whittingdale MP, comes a very interesting story today. Whittingdale relates a conversation with John Fingleton, the head of the Office of Fair Trading. The MP asked if the agency had looked at the question of Google’s power in the marketplace.

    Google has a dominant market share of paid search … Read More

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  • Panic in The Chocolate Factory

    Panic in The Chocolate Factory

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    Is Google’s acquisition of Motorola Mobility is good for Android, or an expensive mistake for Google, made in a moment of irrational panic. Columnist Matt Asay thinks it “spells iPhone doom“, and he’s not alone. John C Dvorak thinks it’s “pure genius“. This supposes that Google performed a cost-benefit analysis and calculated that the cost of not buying Motorola’s phone and set-top box division was greater than $12.5bn.

    I beg to differ. Not all business decisions, … Read More

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  • Google hands millions to ‘independent’ watchdogs

    Google hands millions to ‘independent’ watchdogs

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    What do you do when a global corporation pays out millions to the watchdogs that we expect to protect us against it? It’s a fair question to ask in light of the Chocolate Factory’s legal settlement this week, over Google Buzz. The privacy class action suit has landed a windfall of millions of dollars to “privacy” groups – but not a cent to ordinary citizens, users of Google Gmail’s service whose privacy was compromised.… Read More

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  • Nyah! Google is the Kevin the Teenager

    Nyah! Google is the Kevin the Teenager

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    “Nyah”

    For years, Google has been the Stroppy Teenager Kevin when it comes to copyright – full of attitude, and refusing to tidy up the bedroom. But do yesterday’s concessions make any difference?

    No.… Read More

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  • Facebook: Privatising the internet, one Poke at a time

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    The world has been pretty slow to wake up to the power of Facebook and Google, web services with the power to make internet standards disappear faster than a Poke. But maybe people will sit up now. Mark Zuckerberg’s embrace and extend attitude doesn’t just encompass your data – but email protocols too. And there’s very little you’re going to be able to do about it.

    At a typically oversold launch event yesterday, Zuckerberg complained about the “friction” generated by … Read More

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