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  • Hollywood ruling sends piracy chill through Google

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    “Why is it so hard to make the decision not to enter into business partnerships with sites whose business model is obvious infringement of the works of U.S. creators?”

    Hollywood is going after advertising companies who help fund pirate websites, and has now won a landmark victory.… Read More

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  • The Google-eyed economy

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    “The report laments that ‘collective intelligence’ such as crowdsourced user-generated content isn’t measured by GDP”

    A new report commissioned by Google, and timed to coincide with the first ever Parliamentary debate on the company today, puts itself and the internet at the heart of the British economy. But it does so by using some creative and interesting definitions.… Read More

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  • Mobile phones: where does the money go?

    Mobile phones: where does the money go?

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    Dediu’s analysis is a good one: winning the commodity smartphone battle really isn’t a battle worth winning. It’s another example of the delusion that turnover is as important as profit.

    One of the oldest mottos at Vulture Central is Show Us The Money. There’s one even better, I think, which is Show Us The Profits. Are there any? If there are, where are they going? At a stroke, this cuts through huge amounts of hype and puts entire industries (and, … Read More

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  • On Google and erasing your identity

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    I appeared on BBC World Service’s Newshour to discuss Eric Schmidt’s advice to erase your digital identity every few years. Click here to listen.

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  • How neutrality locks in the web’s ‘Hyper Giants’

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    By the mid 1990s it had become pointless to compete with Microsoft in operating systems and office software – and investment in potential competitors dried up. The best you could hope for as a software company was to carve out a niche as part of the Windows Office system; this was a very small niche indeed.

    The same thing is happening today with web services. But what Google and other web giants are doing goes largely unnoticed, even by analysts, … Read More

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  • Breaking Google’s last taboo

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    Google has traditionally charged into other business areas with all the subtlety of a bull in a china shop. This isn’t always a bad thing: there are plenty of cosy industries that are ripe for a shake-up, and advertising is one of the cosiest. But there’s one area that’s been strictly taboo.

    Google has always linked to other people’s stuff, and stayed out of retailing bits itself. Over time it’s blurred that line, without ever really crossing it. This was … Read More

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