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Google's Remarkable Monopoly on Data Intrigues Europeans

Mark Weinstein | Posted 06.07.2015 | Business
Mark Weinstein

In Monopoly the game, you buy properties, pay fines, and try to stay out of jail. In monopoly, the real-life big business version, you use all your leverage to dominate markets, manipulate industries, avoid fines, and hire lawyers to keep you out of jail. And most of the time you do win.

Google Accused Of Using 'Deceptive And Unfair' Ads In YouTube Kids App

Reuters | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology

"The videos provided to children on YouTube Kids intermix commercial and other content in ways that are deceptive and unfair to children and would not be permitted to be shown on broadcast or cable television," reads the letter.

The Misguided Quest for Physical Immortality

Stafford Betty | Posted 06.06.2015 | Weird News
Stafford Betty

Brilliant scientists, including Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google, thought it possible to someday "cure death." Dmitry Itskov, the "godfather" of Russia's Internet, predicted that the technology that would allow him to live for 10,000 years would be in place by 2045.

The 'Rising Billion' New Consumers Will Arrive by 2020

Peter Diamandis | Posted 06.06.2015 | World
Peter Diamandis

On a planet with a 7 billion plus population, more than 4 billion people still don't have access to the Internet. But by 2020, I expect the entire world will be connected.

Google Antitrust Case: Can European Institutions Do Anything Other Than Investigate U.S. Tech Companies?

Andrea Stroppa | Posted 06.03.2015 | Technology
Andrea Stroppa

As a true believer in a unified Europe, I dream a continent willing to invest in future generations and ready to support all viewpoints -- a diversity that reinforces a common vision and builds fair opportunities for all European citizens.

10 Rants About Technology

Rabbi Jason Miller | Posted 06.02.2015 | Technology
Rabbi Jason Miller

I'm always raving about the latest innovation so I figured I should also present the other side of the coin.

The Internet Makes Us Think We're Getting Smarter (Spoiler: We're Not)

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 04.01.2015 | Science

Google puts a nearly infinite amount of knowledge at our fingertips, but a new study says that the search engine isn't making us any smarter. Inter...

Europe's Remarkable New War on Facebook

Mark Weinstein | Posted 05.29.2015 | Technology
Mark Weinstein

Remember the name Max Schrems. He's a European David firing his slingshot at the modern-day Goliath you know as Facebook.

You Can Play 'Pac-Man' In Google Maps Right Now

The Huffington Post | Alexis Kleinman | Posted 04.01.2015 | Technology

Waka waka waka waka.

What Costco And Wegmans Have In Common With Google

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 04.01.2015 | Business

Hint: It's all about how they treat employees.

The Stats On Women In Tech Are Actually Getting Worse

The Huffington Post | Emily Peck | Posted 03.27.2015 | Technology

Google just hired Ruth Porat to be its chief financial officer, and is paying her a reported $70 million. You’d think that’s a sign things are looking up for women in the tech industry. Not quite.

Google's New CFO To Get $70 Million For Leaving Morgan Stanley

Reuters | Posted 05.26.2015 | Technology

(Adds details, updates shares) March 26 (Reuters) - Google Inc said it would pay its new Chief Financial Officer, Ruth Porat, more tha...

Leaving Well Enough Alone

Sandra Ramos O’Briant | Posted 05.26.2015 | Fifty
Sandra Ramos O’Briant

My father had warned me about high school boys on the day he returned me home to New Mexico after a year with him in Texas. He'd sat on my bed and wept, telling me how boys are. He knew because he'd been one of the bad boys.

Scandal of FTC Burying Staff Analysis of Google's Search Advertising Monopoly Power

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.26.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

When a company with an overwhelming dominance of search and search adverting is locking rivals out of so much of the marketplace, it seems that the FTC commissioners should at least discuss why this isn't a problem.

Google's Eric Schmidt Doesn't Know What's Keeping Women Out Of Tech. We Have A Few Ideas.

The Huffington Post | Damon Beres | Posted 03.26.2015 | Technology

Wise up, Mr. Schmidt.

The Bible Belt's Long Running Hypocrisy

Richard Fowler | Posted 05.25.2015 | Media
Richard Fowler

These states, with their history of hatred and discrimination, have the audacity to say they are disciples of Jesus and practice the principles of the Bible.

Wisdom and Mindfulness

Manijeh Motaghy | Posted 05.24.2015 | Business
Manijeh Motaghy

2500 participants attended the grand Wisdom 2.0 Conference in San Francisco last weekend. It was invigorating. Attendees came from all over the world and all over the US, curious to find out what was new in the world of Mindfulness and wisdom.

This Time Is Different: How Big Data Has Left the Middle Class Behind

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.24.2015 | Politics
Nathan Newman

Big data technology means that corporations know so much about every person that during every hiring decision, every sale to a consumer, and every loan to a family, they can increasingly extract the maximum profit from each of those transactions. This big data dynamic seems like a key story in the current rise in economic inequality.

Why the Apple Watch Works

David Sable | Posted 05.23.2015 | Business
David Sable

Apple is smarter than the digibabblers. They have introduced a watch: the Apple Watch. They didn't call it the Apple Wearable or make up some new category name; they called it a watch, much like the phone they introduced that changed the category and our lives, the iPhone. They key in to people, not babble.

Ghosts Are Real

Joseph Sutton | Posted 05.23.2015 | Technology
Joseph Sutton

While I am very much alive, I find it interesting to consider the data trail as a shade: It continues to exist, perhaps forgotten, in cyberspace and meatspace alike and, as with the memories of those who outlive me, the data will remain long after my body does.

An App That Highlights The History Women Made Right Beneath Your Feet

The Huffington Post | Alanna Vagianos | Posted 03.23.2015 | Women

With some help from Google, a group of women are changing history by spotlighting herstory. The SPARK Movement has partnered with Google to create ...

The Google Staff Report: March Madness Not Worth Watching

David Balto | Posted 05.20.2015 | Business
David Balto

The accidental release of the FTC's unredacted staff report on the Google investigation has caused quite a stir. However, what initially seems like The Sound and the Fury is actually just a tempest in a teapot.

FTC Report Finds Google Engaging In Anticompetitive Tactics: WSJ

Reuters | Posted 03.20.2015 | Technology

(Reuters) - Key staff members at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission were in favor of suing Google Inc for violating antitrust rules before the agency s...

15 Years of FTC Failure to Factor Privacy Into Merger Reviews

Nathan Newman | Posted 05.19.2015 | Business
Nathan Newman

In many cases, companies that previously built their businesses on promises not to collect or share personal data then were absorbed by companies without such commitments, betraying the trust users had placed in the original companies.

Bent on Yoga Magic!

Janine Francolini | Posted 05.18.2015 | New York
Janine Francolini

Gopi Kallayil, the Chief Evangelist at Google, inspired a room filled with close to 300 guests in formal attire to stand up and practice yoga with him at he Bent on Learning Inspire Gala. We were there to celebrate the incredible work of an organization that brings weekly yoga classes to thousands of students in the New York City Public Schools.