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Say it Ain't so Joe, Again, and Again, and Again, and Again, and Again, and Again: The Never-Ending Saga of Misbehavior at Google, Part 6

(0) Comments | Posted February 28, 2013 | 12:49 PM

Google Privacy Counsel Claims: Wanting Privacy is Like Wanting Chivalry, and Only a Madman would Oppose Google


Google really needs a compliance officer and complete makeover of their corporate culture. They need someone to enforce adult codes of behavior on their employees, from the most junior programmers...

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Say it Ain't So Joe, Again, and Again, and Again, and Again, and Again: The Never-Ending Saga of Misbehavior at Google Part 5

(0) Comments | Posted February 27, 2013 | 11:37 AM

This is a column I never expected to write and never wanted to write. It is part of the never-ending saga of corporate misbehavior, misrepresentation, and even lying at Google. Ok, if you are not a computer scientist, not familiar with the Google's claims and the actual facts, you might...

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Pub sur Internet: 5 raisons de ne pas être rassuré

(10) Comments | Posted February 23, 2013 | 4:08 PM

On nous a conditionné pour accepter que la vie privée n'existe plus.

On nous a conditionnés pour accepter les atteintes à la vie privée comme le prix à payer pour utiliser Internet. Ces atteintes impliquent généralement que notre moteur de recherche nous envoie des pubs plus "ciblées"...

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Online Profiling and Invasion of Privacy: The Myth of Anonymization

(6) Comments | Posted February 20, 2013 | 12:23 PM

We have been conditioned to accept that privacy is dead.

We have been conditioned to accept privacy abuses as the price of using the Internet. These abuses generally involve having our search engine send us "better" ads, which most of us believe cannot be too dangerous. They are...

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Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 4: Privacy Abuses and Forms of Remedy

(3) Comments | Posted December 5, 2012 | 10:53 AM

Part one of this series, "When Fear turned to Loathing," addressed Google's history of abuse and the current status of investigations of the company. Part two of this series, "Forms of Abuse and Forms of Remedy," characterized and classified the types of Google's abuse of power...

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Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 3: Deception and Abuse of Market Power

(3) Comments | Posted November 30, 2012 | 12:05 PM

Part one of this series, "When Fear turned to Loathing," addressed Google's history of abuse and the current status of investigations of the company. Part two of this series, "Forms of Abuse of Power and Forms of Remedy," characterized and classified the types of Google's abuses...

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Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 2: Forms of Abuse and Forms of Remedy

(2) Comments | Posted November 28, 2012 | 12:48 PM

As noted in part one of this series, "When Fear turned to Loathing," Google is under investigation for a series of privacy abuses and for abuse of monopoly power, in both the EU and in the United States. Here we classify the forms of abuse and review the...

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Proposed Remedies for Regulating Google, Part 1: When Fear Turned to Loathing

(4) Comments | Posted November 27, 2012 | 7:16 PM

We hold these truths to be self-evident:

  • Online search is the most important activity on the net after email, and it is the gateway to e-commerce, to information access, and to the efficient functioning of an online economy in a wired world.
  • Deceptive behavior by search engine operators
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Can Google Influence an Election?

(2) Comments | Posted October 9, 2012 | 7:25 PM

Introduction: Google Can Influence Public Opinion
We know from prior research that Google can influence public opinion on at least some important social and political issues, simply by affecting what is returned by search queries, the order in which results are presented, and the text that...

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European Commission vs. Google: That's It? That's All You Got?

(6) Comments | Posted July 18, 2012 | 8:11 PM

While Google's executives initially offered a frosty response in public to the European Commission's position on its anticompetitive behavior, in private they must be celebrating up and down Google headquarters. They may even be willing to settle some or all of the claims against them. But...

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"Say It Ain't So, Joe, Again, and Again, and ...": An Economic Analysis of the Legacy of Continued Bad Behavior at Google

(5) Comments | Posted July 13, 2012 | 3:42 PM

Although I did not intend it when I started writing on misbehavior at Google and abuse of the public trust, it is turning into an op-ed series.

I wrote my first column on Google's misbehaving, "Say It Ain't So, Joe": Of Google and Some Serious Misbehaving, after...

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Does Anyone Need a Facebook Phone? Only If It's Part of a New Facebook Strategy

(1) Comments | Posted June 1, 2012 | 5:04 PM

Qn: So is a Facebook phone a good idea for Facebook? Isn't every smart phone already a Facebook phone, as long as it has a Facebook app?

Ans: Is a Facebook phone a good idea for Facebook? That depends on whether or not any of us would want...

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"Say It Ain't So, Joe, Again, and Again, and Again ...": A Legacy of Continued Bad Behavior at Google

(3) Comments | Posted May 16, 2012 | 9:43 PM

"But to live outside the law, you must be honest
I know you always say that you agree"

Bob Dylan, "Absolutely Sweet Marie," Copyright © 1966 by Dwarf Music; renewed 1994 by Dwarf Music

Google has the power to do almost anything it wants. Time and again, it...

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Reconsidering the Stop Online Piracy Act

(9) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 4:47 PM

Piracy is a complicated issue. Companies that sell music, movies, software, or other content believe that the theft of intellectual property can destroy their business. Search companies, companies whose business models are based on posting other people's property surrounded by ads, or search companies whose business models are based in...

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Valuing Facebook and Its 800 Million Customers: A $100 Billion Option on Unknown Future Strategies

(4) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 12:19 PM

  1. How do you value a company like Facebook?
Probably the most reliable way to value a new company is the technique called mark to like. When a company is too new for its current size, its current revenues, or its current profits to serve as an accurate indicator of...
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Does Google Deliberately Engage in Deceptive Practices? Maybe and Maybe Not

(15) Comments | Posted September 19, 2011 | 1:30 PM

Google has frequently been accused of search bias, that is, of presenting its search results in an unfair and subjective order. What does that mean? And why should anyone care?

What is search engine bias?

In one sense bias truly is the essence of any...

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Is Google Just Another Advertising Company? Maybe and Maybe Not

(0) Comments | Posted September 12, 2011 | 1:57 PM

Relevant Market for Assessing Google Power

One of the first questions addressed in any antitrust inquiry is how to assess the relevant market. You need to know what market a company is in before you know if it dominates it, or if it enjoys monopoly power. This is not always...

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A Guide To The Action At Eric Schmidt's Testimony, Part 2

(8) Comments | Posted September 7, 2011 | 12:43 PM

This is part two of a two-part series. Read part one here.

Part 2 -- What I Would Want to Learn if I Could Ask Questions at the Senate Antitrust Subcommittee Hearings

Next month the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hear...

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A Guide To The Action At Eric Schmidt's Testimony, Part 1

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2011 | 2:16 PM

This is part one of a two-part series.

Part 1: Why Hold a Hearing?

Introduction


Next month the Senate Subcommittee on Antitrust, Competition Policy, and Consumer Rights will hear testimony from Eric Schmidt, Google's Executive Chairman and former CEO. People who think of Google as...

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Are Patents Stifling Innovation at Google? Maybe, Maybe Not

(7) Comments | Posted August 28, 2011 | 3:14 PM

The FTC is investigating Google, and Google is mounting a massive public relations blitz in its own defense. Both are probably justified.

Not all the claims that Google offers in its own defense, or that its allies are offering, are justified. I have attempted to

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