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Video: Access denied: Privacy fears over Google docs as users suffer ‘creepy’ lockout

Google has been criticised for being over zealous and intrusive after it clamped down on personal accounts. Clients using its word-processor app were locked...

Facebook, Google could help US ‘retaliate’ against Russia – Senator McConnell (VIDEO) — RT...

Published time: 5 Nov, 2017 11:51 Edited time: 5 Nov, 2017 12:51 Days after tech giants...
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Video: Disappointment: Google, Facebook & Twitter executives testify ‘meddling’ in Senate

On Tuesday, senior executives from the big three tech giants, Google, Facebook and Twitter, appeared before a Senate Judiciary subcommittee chaired by ... Via Youtube
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Video: Balfour 100 – time to break up the Google Microsoft Facebook tech giants’...

The Making Of A Modern Monopoly By Avirup Banarjee - Friday, 27th October 2017 ... Via Youtube

Twitter, Google & Facebook grilled by Senate, try hard to find ‘Russian influence’ —...

As the lawyers for Facebook, Twitter and Google were questioned by the Senate Intelligence Committee over...

Twitter & Google’s 2016 election tricks — RT US News

Testimony from social media giants to the Senate Intelligence Committee revealed that Twitter censored #PodestaEmails tweets...
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Video: No evidence of RT manipulating YouTube during US election – Google

Google says it's not found any evidence of RT policy violations on its platforms. The findings are part of a detailed report released by...

Facebook, Google, Twitter staff aided both US presidential candidates – study — RT US...

Employees of Facebook, Google and Twitter played a large role in developing candidates' messages and targeting...

Google & Soros-backed ‘fact-checkers’ join forces to control news search results — RT US...

Google has partnered with an organization largely funded by billionaire George Soros to “fact-check” news stories,...

UK’s plans to make Facebook & Google ‘media outlets’ would ‘control freedom of speech’...

Published time: 12 Oct, 2017 14:51 Edited time: 13 Oct, 2017 08:37 A British government...
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Video: Google & Facebook facing calls for tougher content regulation

Social media giants are feeling the heat again. The British MPs want the likes of Facebook and Google to be classified as media outlets,...

Smoking gun or nothingburger? WaPo claims Russia ‘meddled’ in election through Google, YouTube

In the latest of its near-weekly scoops, the Washington Post has claimed that “Russian operatives exploited...
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Video: Did Stephen Paddock do it? Questioning the Las Vegas mass shooting + Catalonia...

Las Vegas mass shooting - Catalan referendum violence - Ted Heath, Tory paedophile PM - Google's 'Hitler's birthday algorithm' Original podcast, website and ... Via...
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Video: Google’s 2017 ‘Hitler birthday’ algorithm censors investigative journalism, could presage WWIII

ALTERNET, SJW WEBSITE COMPLAINS ABOUT BEING CENSORED BY GOOGLE ... Via Youtube

Google’s New Search Engine Bias is No Accident

Alternet has gone public with concerns about the way Google and Facebook have limited traffic to its website and, more generally, undermined access to progressive...
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Video: Murdered bankers: Google’s ‘April algorithm’ censors world’s most incisive investigative journalism

Northampton based Blogger Michael Tyler explains how Google has censored his and many other investigative articles, in some cases entirely removing them ... Via Youtube

Procrastination station: Google releases new batch of addictive birthday doodles

Published time: 28 Sep, 2017 00:56 It’s Google’s birthday, again, and to celebrate they have released...

Are Facebook and Google the New Colonial Powers?

To qualify as colonial powers, Facebook and Google must effectively limit the choices and power of users, and punish or coerce those...

The Google Apocalypse Looms

Google facing antitrust lawsuit for removal of Gab from app store

Gab, an alternative social networking platform, is suing Google over claims of antitrust violations. In the...

Google caves in to US government demands for overseas data

Google is to stop fighting most search warrants issued by US judges for data stored on...

Google Drive down in parts of US

Published time: 12 Sep, 2017 15:51 Edited time: 12 Sep, 2017 16:19 Google Drive services are...

Google says it found no trace of Russia’s interference in US election on its...

Google has said it has failed to unearth any facts that would implicate Moscow in exploiting...

Google slammed over pressuring foundation, reporters

Another journalist has joined the ranks of those speaking out about Google squelching content it disapproves...

Why Google Made the NSA

Read Part I Mass surveillance is about control. It’s promulgators may well claim, and even believe, that it is about control for the greater good,...
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Video: Machines Know Better? Google under fire for search & YouTube video ‘censorship’

YouTube and its parent company Google are being accused of stifling 'alternative viewpoints.' They're cracking down on extremist content, but have also ... Via Youtube

Google cancels neo-Nazi website’s registration over Terms of Service violation

Published time: 15 Aug, 2017 00:49 Edited time: 15 Aug, 2017 08:06 Already dropped by another...

Anti-Google street art pops up near Google offices in response to firing of diversity...

Spoof ads are appearing all around Google offices in California after the tech giant fired an...
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Video: Google sacks employee for memo on gender stereotypes

One of the employees at the Silicon Valley has posted a memo which does not quite fit in the liberal social justice frame. The...

‘Censorship is for losers’: Assange offers fired Google engineer job at WikiLeaks

Published time: 9 Aug, 2017 22:53 Julian Assange is offering the Google engineer fired over a...

Google Fires Author of Divisive Memo on Gender Differences

Alphabet Inc.’s Google has fired an employee who wrote an internal memo blasting the web company’s diversity policies, creating a firestorm across...

Google employee fired over email challenging gender equality in tech

More negative press is plaguing Google, as an employee who distributed a politically incorrect internal memo...

Why was Prince Harry invited to Google’s shadowy Davos-style summit?

Prince Harry attended a summit in Italy this weekend at one of Sicily’s most exclusive resorts, alongside tech billionaires and pop stars. The lavish...

Gender gap is natural, Google employee says in 10-page ‘internally viral’ memo

A 10-page memo that went viral inside Google and has been obtained by Gizmodo sees a...
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Video: Netflix show fallout: Google search for ‘suicide’ increase 20%, parents not concerned

Two families in the US have complained the Netflix series '13 reasons why' lead their children to suicide. RT's Caleb Maupin reports about the...

Google street view captures snapshot of modern Britain in turmoil

From the Grenfell Tower fire to protests outside Downing Street after the general election, Google...

Google’s life science division to release 20mn infected mosquitoes in California

Verily, formerly Google Life Sciences, is releasing millions of infected mosquitoes into the wild to test...

NHS patient information illegally shared with Google DeepMind

Published time: 3 Jul, 2017 16:03 Data belonging to 1.6 million patients was illegally shared...

Google ends Gmail snooping, has all the personalized data needed for ads

Published time: 24 Jun, 2017 01:54 Google has unexpectedly announced that it will no longer read...

Is Google’s search-engine now appallingly corrupt?

Eric Zuesse Here is the evidence I’ve come across which indicates to me that the Google search-engine is now appallingly corrupt, and for which reason...

‘Who should I vote for?’ Google reveals top searches ahead of #GE2017 (VIDEOS, GRAPHS)

Hours before UK voters head to the polls, Google Trends is providing an interesting insight into not only the partisan divide online, but also...

Uber fires self-driving car chief over lawsuit with Google’s Waymo

Taxi firm Uber has sacked its vice president responsible for its self-driving car project. Anthony Levandowski is out after refusing to follow court orders...

‘Google Docs’ phishing scam spreads across web through disguised emails

Google Docs users came across a new sophisticated type of phishing scam after many clicked a...

Google Changing Search Engine to Combat ‘Fake News’ and ‘Hate Speech’

Google is tweaking their search engine in a new effort to combat “fake news” and “hate speech.” “Today, in a world where...
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Video: World War 3: Google searches on global military conflict at record high

Amid all the military rhetoric being talked about at present by the media and politicians, Google says searches of the term World War Three,...
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Video: From ‘true’ to ‘pants on fire’: Google launches ‘fake news fact check’

Internet giant Google has decided to introduce a fact-checking feature to its search engine. That has some concerned that news consumers may soon lose...

Google’s Censorship Of Independent News – RINF Becomes Latest Victim

Mick Meaney (RINF) - 'Fake news' is a term designed to fool the weak minded into believing the corporate media are the only reliable sources of...

Google blood money

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Video: RT & Sputnik blamed for interfering in Google search results

Senator Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate Intelligence Committee, and Senator Mark Warner, the ranking member, held a press conference about the ... Via Youtube

YouTube and Google boycott spreads to US as AT&T and Verizon pull ads

Major phone networks express concern over video sharing site and parent company’s inability to guarantee money won’t flow to extremism. The growing...

Google Maps & local utilities team up to fight methane leaks

Published time: 23 Mar, 2017 03:21Edited time: 23 Mar, 2017 08:55 Google Maps is about to chart...

Google to fight city-wide warrant for search data in Minnesota fraud case

Published time: 18 Mar, 2017 14:44 Google has said it will fight a search warrant approved by...

Google pledges ad policy change after backlash over adverts shown near extremist content

Published time: 18 Mar, 2017 13:09 Google is promising to change its advertisement placement policies after...

Google’s message app Allo overshares data with friends

Published time: 14 Mar, 2017 21:41 Privacy advocates are raising alarm about Google’s messenger app Allo, pointing...

Fake news ‘flourishes’ on Facebook & Google, say publishers

Regulators should “urgently” investigate the role of tech giants Facebook and Google, as well as...

Google & Microsoft sign pact to clamp down on illegally-streamed sports

Illegally streamed sporting events and films will be increasingly difficult to find online under an anti-piracy agreement between Google and Microsoft which will hide...

Perspective or censorship? Google shares AI designed to fight online trolling

Google has released to developers the source code to Perspective, a new machine tool designed to...

Google’s AI Resembles Google’s Bosses

Will artificial intelligence get more aggressive and selfish the more intelligent it becomes? A new report out of Google’s DeepMind AI division suggests this...

Google must comply with FBI data request to hand over overseas emails – US...

An American judge has ruled that Google must provide emails stored overseas to US authorities for...

Power of the internet: CA cops prevent NY suicide using Facebook, Google Maps

Police officers in California used everyday websites Facebook and Google Maps to discover and locate a...

Privacy Advocates Warn of Potential Surveillance Through Listening Devices Like Amazon Echo, Google Home

Privacy experts are keeping a close watch on the case of a Bentonville, Arkansas, man who was charged with murder after prosecutors obtained a...

Google will not censor ‘pied piper of Jihad’ who inspired 7/7 London bombings

Google is refusing to censor the rants of al-Qaeda terror preacher Anwar al-Awlaki, who reportedly...

The World According to Google

/or/ The Micro-Soft-Kill by Robert Filos / December 25th, 2016 In a world full of false idealsimages and trending captionscompete with pix-elated passionsdouble-speak is now the...

Orlando victims’ families sue Google, Facebook & Twitter for allegedly radicalizing attacker

Google, Facebook and Twitter are being sued by the families of those killed in June’s Pulse...

Google believes the secret to longevity may lie in naked mole rats

For centuries, the mystery of aging has plagued mankind, but not naked mole rats. Calico Labs...

Pave the Waymo forward: Google’s self-driving car now its own company

Waymo, the new company spinning off under Google’s umbrella, will take the reins of the self-driving...

Google goes green, plans to run entirely on renewable energy

Google’s recent solar and wind energy acquisitions will power its entire operation without a drop of...

Google’s Biased Search Engine Exposed

Hillary Clinton’s ties to Google, CNN, PBS, and The New York Times illustrate the conspiracy among these organization who tried to help Hillary be crowned leader...

A Hillary Win Will Be Google’s Win of Everything

Eric Zuesse On November 7th, a Morning Consult and Politico poll of early voters showed Donald Trump to be overwhelmingly viewed by early voters as...
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Video: Google search suggestions favour Clinton – research

People trust the “unbiased” internet search giant Google so much it can actually influence up to 10 million undecided voters to choose Hillary Clinton...

$50mn closer: Hyperloop One gets investment from its Dubai backer, hires ex-Google treasurer

Hyperloop One, a company that might soon introduce humans to a new era of epic high-speed...

Google search results deleted following dozens of fake lawsuits — report

A little known legal maneuver offers the secret to scrubbing out undesirable Google search results, one...

Banker googled ‘soft parts of the human skull’ before killing wife with ax, court...

A depressed Surrey-based banker stands accused of murdering his wife in a brutal ax and...

Whatever you do, do not use Google Allo: Snowden

Google Allo, the new “smart” chat app launched on Wednesday, is ‘dangerous’ and should be avoided,...

Stupid, dirty, ugly: Brits not up to much in Europeans’ eyes, according to Google...

Many might have long suspected it, but now Google may have provided some form of...

Stupid, dirty, ugly: Brits not up to much in Europeans’ eyes, according to Google...

Many might have long suspected it, but now Google may have provided some form of...

Google dodges Clinton health problems in search autocomplete – expert

Search giant Google is now covering up Clinton’s health issues, alleges Robert Epstein, a critic of...

Google-run project "redirect method" to tackle ISIS propaganda, but now focus on the far...

A pilot project launched by Google’s startup incubator and a British IT company will target potential Islamic State recruits – and also the American...

Google Suppresses News

By Gary North GaryNorth.com August 25, 2016 The big story on Drudge’s site on the evening of August 23 was this one: the records of Hillary...

Tech Companies Apple, Twitter, Google and Instagram Collude to Defeat Trump

My dad always told me that conservative candidates have to work twice as hard as their liberal opponents to win elections because...
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Video: Google in the White House? Assange Warns of Close Ties Between Hillary Clinton...

http://democracynow.org - During the Green Party convention in Houston, Texas, over the weekend, WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange spoke via video stream ... Via Youtube
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Video: FindFace: Russian face recognition app beats Google at identifying people in photos

RT LIVE http://rt.com/on-air Subscribe to RT! http://www.youtube.com/subscription_center?add_user=RussiaToday Like us on Facebook ... Via Youtube

Google, YouTube, Facebook, Others, Now Using Automated Blocking of ‘Extremist’ Content

The web’s biggest content providers have started using automation to remove “extremist propaganda” videos from their sites. Censoring Content YouTube (owned by Google) and Facebook are...

British grandma floors internet with ‘polite’ Google search history

A British grandma astonished her grandson (and a huge chunk of the internet) with her...
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Video: ‘Revolving door’: Google & EU govts’ cross-hiring revealed in new report

A new report has raised concerns about Google's influence in European politics, revealing a “revolving door” between the tech giant and politicians. It follows...

Did Clinton’s campaign boost her image with a Google bomb?

A report claims that Google’s autocomplete function may have been a tool in Hillary Clinton’s campaign....

Google involved with Clinton campaign, controls information flow – Assange

American tech giant Google is closely cooperating with Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign to promote the candidate,...

‘Google it’: Oklahoma execution ordered to go ahead despite wrong drugs being delivered

The governor of Oklahoma’s top lawyer is out of a job after insisting that a state execution proceed despite prison officials receiving the wrong...

Parse this: Google releases free AI software that can understand English

Before machines become powerful enough to truly pave the way towards virtual assistants, translation programs and...

Patients' private data more secure with Google than with UK hospitals, AI developer says

Google DeepMind's cofounder Mustafa Suleyman has lauded the data-sharing deal with the NHS to create...

Google, Ford and Uber join forces, create coalition for self-driving cars

Companies from Detroit and Silicon Valley are teaming up to urge lawmakers to put self-driving cars...

Google upgrades warnings to alert users to when Big Brother is watching

Google will display a full-page warning if state-backed attackers attempt to access a user’s Gmail account...
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Video: Revealed Clinton e-mails: State Dept-Google-Al Jazeera plot aimed at helping to overthrow Assad

The Western media has quietly ignored an unexpected collaboration between Washington, Google, and 'independent' Al Jazeera aimed at helping to overthrow ... Via Youtube

Obama: New Google deal will bring wifi, broadband to Cuba

President Barack Obama began his historic three-day visit to Cuba Sunday and, despite landing in the...

There’s a map for that: Google maps help illegal immigrants locate border checkpoints

Some politicians may want to build a wall between the US and Mexico, but they can’t...

Google selling its Boston Dynamics robot division ‒ reports

The robot uprising may have to wait awhile: Reports say that Google’s parent company, Alphabet, is...

When Google Meets the Pentagon

The United States is, indisputably, the world’s foremost killing entity, and it has been since its genocidal inception., The killing is relentless — in...
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Video: Animal vs Robot: Terrier shows Google robo-dog who’s the boss

COURTESY: Video by Jurvetson (flickr) https://www.flickr.com/photos/jurvetson/24734777053/ Google's robot dog 'Spot' has received his first experience in ... Via Youtube

Google testing secretive drone project that can beam 5G internet – report

Google is reportedly testing a new internet connectivity program called Project Skybender. The project involves solar drones that use millimeter radio waves to allow...

Cameron under pressure over Google deal

Pressure is mounting on British Prime Minister David Cameron over a back tax deal agreed by Internet group Google. During a hot debate in the...

#WoofWoofWednesday! Google UK leaves dog in charge of Twitter account

Forget ‘bring your pet to work day’ — Google UK appear to have left theirs in charge, as a dog took command of the...
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Video: Trump Block: Google Chrome extension filters out online reference to pres. hopeful

During the last Republican presidential debate, Donald Trump said he wanted to “shut down” parts of the internet. However, it seems as though the...

Who do I send the ticket to? Cops pull over Google self-driving car

A Google self-driving car was pulled over near the company’s Mountain View, California headquarters because it was driving too slowly, police said. According to the...

‘Google This’ Is Good Advice From War Criminal Netanyahu, Since NYT Won’t Check His...

The invitation for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to speak at the Center for American Progress (CAP), a Democratic Party-oriented think tank, was controversial,...

16yo teen invents world’s fastest Ebola test, grabs Google science prize

A 16-year old teenager from Connecticut has invented an express test to detect the deadly Ebola virus in just 30 minutes at a cost...

Google ponders creating GM mosquitoes to fight tropical disease

Tech giant Google, soon to be Alphabet, is considering entering the burgeoning research area of genetic modification, beginning with the mosquito genome. Online portal...

Google using NASA partnership to test drones inside the US – report

A partnership with NASA has enabled Google to test-fly its drones in US airspace, dodging federal aviation regulations. Citing current rules as too restrictive,...
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Video: Going To Japan, While Getting Screwed By Google

In this video blog, Luke Rudkowski takes you behind the scenes as he randomly gets a deal to go to Tokyo and deals with...
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Video: CONFIRMED: Google Caught Using Microphones to Listen to Users

Almost a decade after Infowars first warned that corporations may be spying on computer users via PC microphones, it has now come to light...

Google searches give own services priority, ‘yield inferior results’ — new study

A hard-hitting new study claims that Google’s search results not only favor its own internal websites over competing destinations, but also degrade social welfare...
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Video: Google’s ‘listening network’ could be exploited by NSA – Falkvinge

Voice recognition technologies are part of the future, but should trigger concern that IT companies are essentially building “listening networks” which can be ... Via...

Google’s self-driving cars hit public streets for 1st time

Google’s new self-driving vehicles have been tested on public roads for the first time in the US state of California, where the search giant...

What Information Does Google Hold on Me?

Have you ever wondered how much personal information Google holds on you? The search giant has made it easier than ever before to keep...

Advocates Charge Google with Deceiving Parents about Content on YouTube Kids, Request FTC Action

(Common Dreams) - WASHINGTON - Two leading child and consumer advocacy groups have filed an important update to their Federal Trade Commission complaint against Google’s...

Google Pays $8.5 Million in Illegal Data Sharing Suit

Google will pay $8.5 million, most of it to nonprofit organizations, to settle a class action that claimed that it illegally divulged users' search...

Google fails to dismiss privacy lawsuit over Google Wallet

In a decision on Wednesday night, U.S. District Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose, California said Google must face claims it breached users'...

Google will review Europe-only policy for ‘right to be forgotten’

Google is only removing search results from European websites when individuals invoke their “right to be forgotten”, contrary to regulators’ guidelines, but will review...

Microsoft, Yahoo start ‘forgetting’ EU search results, in Google’s footsteps

Search giants Bing and Yahoo have begun to address European customers’ requests regarding the “right to be forgotten” policy on the removal of search...

Google’s Rapidly Expanding Political Activity and Information Collection Systems Present Cause for Concern

Public Citizen Report Details Google’s Ambitious Technological Expansions and Its Newfound Status as One of the Most Politically Active Companies in the U.S. WASHINGTON -...

Revealed: Google’s links to US govt

One of the world's largest internet companies, Google 'should be a serious concern' internationally, WikiLeaks co-founder and Editor-in-chief Julian Assange says, revealing its connections...

How Federal Agents Illegally Force Twitter, Google, and Banks to Turn Over Private Customer...

Andrew Napolitano Earlier this week, FBI Director James Comey gave an interview to 60 Minutes during which he revealed a flawed understanding of personal freedom....

Google, Facebook’s spying on users bigger intrusion than NSA’s

Unlike Facebook and Google who collect enormous amount of users’ data, the NSA is not actively snooping on Americans’ internet and e-mail accounts and...

Google announces it can now monitor your bills

Figuring out how broke you’re about to become has never been easier: a new feature being rolled out by Google is letting mobile app...

Death, drones and driverless cars: how Google wants to control our lives

If you want to understand the future of humanity — where we’re headed, who’ll be in charge, and exactly how worried you should be...

Google Acts Like Privatized NSA

In interviews with BBC and Sky News, WikiLeaks founder explains how Google's behavior, though legal, is like that of surveillance agencies. Andrea Germanos Google's practices are...

Google tries to understand what ‘Right to be Forgotten’ means

The company plans to hold seven meetings across Europe to discuss the regulations -- and Google's problems with it.. Don Reisinger The European Union's "right to...

Leaked Documents Show NSA ‘Google-Like’ Search Engine Of People’s Lives

The United States National Security Agency has built a massive information sharing system intended to allow intelligence community analysts from across the US government...

Google is ‘distorting’ and undermining EC privacy ruling — EU Justice Commissioner

Google and other prolific search engines are “distorting” and undermining the European High Court’s recent ‘Right to be Forgotten’ ruling, the European Commission’s (EC)...

Google’s Satellites Could Soon See Your Face from Space

Google will soon have an unprecedented ability to spy on you from space. Theoretically, at least. How? Two months ago, after much lobbying by the biggest...

Calico Discussed at The Google Camp

James Hall RINF Alternative News When the billionaire tech jet set decides to let down their hair, what do they talk about around the campfire? According...

Google Is Acting Like an Arm of the Surveillance State

Convicted in 1994 of sexually assaulting a young boy, John Henry Skillern of Texas once again finds himself incarcerated and awaiting trial, this time...

Is Google the New Sheriff in Town?

First there was Google Maps, then there was Google Books, and then there was Google Glass. Now, apparently, there's Google Cops. Last Wednesday, police in...

Google admits scanning Gmail for kiddie porn after turning in pedophile

A man in Texas found out the hard way that Google is required by law to scan emails for suspected child abuse after he...

Hard to forget: Google faces problems in complying with EU privacy ruling

Google says that complying with the EU court ruling is difficult as some requests from users who want to be forgotten contain “false and...

‘Google must not be left to censor history’

The power to “censor history” should not be left in Google’s hands, Wikipedia Founder Jimmy Wales warned, after the search engine giant revealed it...

Google to face lawsuit over providing consumer data to advertisers

A federal judge has denied Google Inc’s attempt to dismiss a privacy lawsuit brought against the technology giant for commingling user data across its...

Censorship war: Website unmasks links Google is blocking from search results

A subversive website has been launched to keep track of news and other webpages Google has “censored” from the search engine’s index, following the...

Google strikes deal to put smart lens into diabetics’ eye

The internet giant has reached a deal with Novartis to develop “smart” contact lenses to help diabetics track their blood sugar levels and another...

Ninth Circuit Doubles Down in Garcia v. Google

CORYNNE MCSHERRY After months of waiting, a Ninth Circuit panel has finally responded to Google's plea, supported by public interest groups (including EFF), journalists, librarians, other service...

Google’s War on Guns

Selwyn Duke While its corporate motto is “Don’t be evil,” its critics might say “Don’t be Google.” And this is especially true now that Google...

Goldman Sachs goes to court to ‘un-send’ email to Google user

If you’ve ever hit ‘send’ on an email only to regret it later, Goldman Sachs can sympathize with you. It’s seeking a court order...

BBC Reporter: Google Moving to “Suppress Legitimate Journalism”

BBC economics editor Robert Peston warns that Google’s implementation of the controversial “right to be forgotten” ruling is working to “suppress legitimate journalism” after...

Supreme Court refuses to weigh in on Google privacy violations

The Supreme Court of the United States said Monday that it won’t consider a request from Google to weigh in on a matter concerning...

Occupy Google 10 arrested at Google Hdq asking for dialogue; battle for Net Neutrality

Net neutrality protesters arrested late last night at Google headquarters. Fight for the Future supports actions for net freedom, asks Google to dialogue with...

News Corp demands that Google stop access to pirated material

News Corporation has demanded that Google remove all algorithms from its search functions that enable users to access pirated material. Just a couple of years...

EU privacy A-Team tells Google: Get a grip and obey OUR laws

The EU's advisory panel on privacy and data protection has warned Google to comply with Europe's laws in an unusually strongly worded statement. The Article 29...

Demo at Penthouse of Google Employee and Landlord Thomas Fallows

We don't know why some people need to be so rich, but we know why everyone else needs to be poor. Homelessness and unemployment...

Google can’t protect our privacy. What we need are new laws

So Google has decided to provide end-to-end encryption for any of its Gmail users who wants it. One could ask "what took you so long?" but that would...

Ex-DARPA Director & Google Exec Pushes Microchipping Human Beings

With the recent revelations by NSA whistle blower Edward Snowden, it’s no secret that we live on a planet characterized by mass surveillance and...

Google ordered to drop links to irrelevant personal data in landmark EU court ruling

People have the right to make Google delete information about them from the tech giant’s search results, EU’s Court of Justice has ruled. Judges...

Orwell’s Nightmare: The NSA and Google–Big Brother Meets Big Business

“The Google services and apps that we interact with on a daily basis aren’t the company’s main product: They are the harvesting machines that dig up and process the stuff that Google really sells: for-profit intelligence.”—Journalist Yasha Levine “We know where you are. We know where you’ve been. We can more or less know what […]

Google unveils ingestible tracing devices and electronic tattoos

Google's Regina Dugan shows off electronic tattoos and edible passwords at D11 conference. Video below: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzB1EcocAF8

Apple, Google to pay $324 million to settle conspiracy lawsuit

Four major tech companies including Apple and Google have agreed to pay a total of $324 million to settle a lawsuit accusing them of...

5 Reasons to Fight Google

After our small demonstration against Kevin Rose in San Francisco, numerous critics have claimed that we have not presented a rational or coherent argument...

Google Updates Terms of Service to Officially Allow it Scan Your Emails

Google has officially changed its Terms of Service to make it quite clear that users are consenting to the search giant scanning the content of their...

The ‘Proprietary’ Internet? Google Buys Drones of Its Own

Search giant purchases Titan Aerospace in move that confirms tech world's vision of internet's future Jon Queally RINF Alternative News Are deep-pocketed web companies laying the groundwork...

Protesters Gather at Google Lawyer’s Apartments

Halprin, a Google lawyer and now a landlord, stood resolute on Friday at 8:20 a.m. at the top of the stairs leading up to...

Do Google, Facebook Know More Private Info Than NSA and Soviet-Era Secret Police?

Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist Julia Angwin joins us to discuss her new book, "Dragnet Nation: A Quest for Privacy, Security, and Freedom in a...

Apple and Google busses blocked in Oakland

On Tuesday, April Fool’s Day, 2014, a group of people blocked an Apple bus attempting to cross the High Street bridge from the Fruitvale...

Google distances itself from the Pentagon, stays in bed with mercenaries and intelligence contractors

With all the hubbub about NSA spying, Google’s PR people really want you to know how separate the company is from America’s military-industrial complex. “The...

Apple, Google, Microsoft, NFL: suicide by greed

Jon Rappoport RINF Alternative News The old movie line, “Stop me before I kill again,” comes to mind. In this case, however, it’s “Stop me before...

Apple, Microsoft, Google, NFL: suicide by greed

Apple, Google, Microsoft, NFL: suicide by greed by Jon Rappoport March 25, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com The old movie line, “Stop me before I kill again,” comes to mind. In this case, however, it’s “Stop me before I kill myself.” PandoDaily has uncovered a wide-ranging scandal among tech giants. It’s basically an illegal scheme to limit wages […]

Creepy Google Caught Spying On Your Kids

Google has been rocked by another scandal - this time, it's our children's privacy under attack. The company is facing a lawsuit over data-mining...

Google Escapes Privacy Class Action

Google Inc won a significant legal victory as a U.S. judge decided not to combine several lawsuits that accuse the Internet search company of...

Oakland emails give another glimpse into the Google-Military-Surveillance Complex

On February 18, several hundred privacy, labor, civil rights activists and Black Bloc anarchists packed Oakland’s city hall. They were there to protest the...

Protesters interrupt Google talk at Wisdom 2.0 conference

Ellen Huet  RINF Alternative News Protesters briefly interrupted a talk by Google executives on corporate mindfulness on Saturday at the Wisdom 2.0 conference in San Francisco. The...

Culture of Narcissism Meets Google Glasses

The recent case of Google Glass wearer Cecelia Abadie being given a citation for wearing a computer-in-eyeglass device while driving is only a launch point for what will be some very interesting court battles. The citation was dismissed in a San Diego court by a judge who properly noted that the police could not prove the [...]

Google oppose court-ordered privacy sanctions

Well there's a surprise.. the web's biggest search giant which just so happens to be in the business of collecting personal data, objects to...

​Google moves into home hardware with purchase of Nest, sparking privacy concerns

Google announced Monday it acquired Nest, a maker of futuristic “smart” thermostats and smoke alarms founded by two former Apple executives in 2011.Read Full...

Google’s reach expands into your home more via $3.2 billion Nest acquisition

Larry DignanBetween the LinesJanuary 14, 2013 The Nest thermostat can record energy history. Credit: grantsewell via...

Mistrust In Google At All Time High

Since revelations emerged last year about the NSA PRISM spying scandal, public mistrust in Google has been increasing and as a result web surfers started...

Massachusetts man goes to jail for automated Google+ invite to ex-girlfriend

Sending an ex-girlfriend an email invitation to join Google+ despite an active restraining order landed a Beverly, Massachusetts man in handcuffs and behind bars.Read...

Google Maps Renames German Square After Adolf Hitler

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comJanuary 10, 2014 Oops. Google's bad. It made the unpardonable mistake of allowing Theodor-Heuss-Platz in...

Google Maps Renames German Square After Adolf Hitler

Kurt NimmoInfowars.comJanuary 10, 2014 Oops. Google's bad. It made the unpardonable mistake of allowing Theodor-Heuss-Platz in...

Google and the World Brain

Google and the World Brain by Jon Rappoport January 8, 2014 www.nomorefakenews.com In a BBC documentary, “Google and the World Brain,” the issue of author copyright is explored. Google has scanned and published out-of-print books that are still covered by copyright. Interviewed, Kevin Kelly (twitter) (also here and here), the co-founder of Wired, makes a […]

How Google Become One of America’s Biggest Tax Dodgers

Darwin Bond-Graham Yesterday San Francisco's politicians announced that Google, Apple, and other Silicon Valley companies will be charged for the use of the city's bus...

Google’s Illuminati Themed New Year’s Eve

Tech giant showcases all-seeing eye pyramid Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com December 31, 2013 To cap 2013, the tech giant has chosen an...

Amid Censorship, Google Prominently Displays Christmas Tree to Millions

From the establishment's erosion of the very word ‘Christmas', to the mass wave of censorship that is now suffocating free speech across the web...

Where No Google Buses Go

For every word written about the gentrification and displacement that is tearing San Francisco apart, there should be ten words written about the the...

Google-owned SCHAFT robot wins DARPA Robotics Challenge Trials

Will ConleySlash GearDecember 23, 2013 The Google-owned Japanese robotics company SCHAFT has won the DARPA Robotics...

Google reveals sharp rise in requests for removal of political content

Dominic RusheThe GuardianDecember 21, 2013 Google revealed a sharp rise in requests from governments asking for...

Google search and destroy: The internet giant buys a pioneer of scary robot animals

Cahal MilmoIndependent.co.ukDecember 17, 2013 Big Dog is capable of many things of interest to its new owners at Google. What remains to be seen is...

Google Buys Boston Dynamics, DARPA Funded Robot Corp.

Related: Eric Schmidt: Google AI Indistinguishable From Humans Within a Decade Related: Google's Building an Army of Robots Related: DARPA's Next Generation Terminator-like Robot Unveiled JOHN MARKOFFNY...

Google’s ‘misunderstanding’ saves its execs millions on private jet flights at taxpayers’ expense

A “misunderstanding” between Google and NASA resulted in deeply discounted fuel rates for the search giant’s private corporate jets, costing California taxpayers between $3.3...

Google wants to move into your HOME

Giant plans to fit microphones in ceilings — and it could happen as soon as 2018 Victoria Woollaston Google is already heavily criticised for trying to...

Badge Classes And Segregation Inside The Googleplex

Filmmaker Andrew Norman Wilson‘s eerie short Workers Leaving the Googleplex reveals his brief time employed as a temp in video production at Google's headquarters...

Ceiling microphones and inner-body microchips: Google engineer predicts company’s next steps

Google has put supercomputers in the pockets of millions of Americans and plans to have self-driving cars soon navigating the nation's roads. Naturally, the...

Exposed: NSA Uses Google ‘Cookies’ to Snoop on Targets

(Photo: AFP)You know those pesky companies that track internet users' online activity to scoop information on potential consumers and deliver tailored ads? It turns out...

Google Wants Microphones In Your Ceiling & Microchips In Your Head

Last refuge of privacy to be completely eviscerated Paul Joseph Watson Google engineering director Scott Huffman says that within five years people will have microphones attached...

Apple, Google, Microsoft and more demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws

Dan Roberts and Jemima Kiss The world's leading technology companies have united to demand sweeping changes to US surveillance laws, urging an international ban on...

IRS using Google Maps to spy on taxpayers

Josh Peterson Google also sold business map licenses to an IRS contractor Credit: arrayexception via Flickr Agents from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) are using Google...

Literal Android: Google develops robots to replace people in manufacturing, retail

Now that the mystery surrounding the elusive Google barges in the San Francisco Bay reported last month has been brought to light, the Silicon...

I Googled “Evil” And It Took Me to Google

Google may have been, unil now, the Obama of hip internet monopolies.  No matter how many nations the President bombs, people still put Obama peace-sign stickers on their cars.  No matter how many radical rightwing initiatives Google funds,...

Google Is Now Pouring Money Into Far-Right Wing Organizations

PR Watch notes that Google's political activities don't necessarily match up with the views held by its workers: Google, the tech giant supposedly guided by...

Court Orders Google, Microsoft & Yahoo to Make Pirate Sites Disappear

TorrentFreak.comNovember 30, 2013 While its common for search engines to receive DMCA takedown requests for specific URLs, events in France have taken things to a...

Google Glass techie ejected from hipster hotspot

Rebekah DennSeattle TimesNovember 28, 2013 Google's augmented reality head mounted glass / via Wikimedia Commons Seattle entrepreneur Dave Meinert named The Five Point Cafe a Google...

Google to pay $17mn for spying

Google has not acknowledged any wrongdoing saying the violation has been an accidental side effect of efforts to make it easier for people to...

Google: US Government Spying Has Tripled Since 2010

A 32 percent jump in requests for user data just in the last year; NSA surveillance stats remain under FISA gag order Steve Watson Google announced...

Google Funds Creation of Secretive Avatar-Style Virtual Reality

Second Life founder behind new project that plans to immerse people in Star Trek-like CGI environments within six years Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com November 13, 2013 Google is...

YouTube co-founder hurls abuse at Google over new YouTube comments

The Guardian November 9, 2013 After an eight-year silence, YouTube's co-founder Jawed Karim has made his second-ever post on the site — to fuel the controversy...

French Court Orders Google to Take Mosley S/M Photos Offline

Kurt Nimmo Privilege has its perks. For instance, the privilege enjoyed by Max Mosely, a former barrister and president of the Fédération Internationale de l'Automobile. On...

Google Says Its Mystery Barges May Be Used As Interactive Space Where People Can...

Matthew Panzarino techcrunch.com November 7, 2013 Google has issued a statement (finally?) about its months-long mystery barge project. The barges, which are anchored in both Portland, Maine...

The NSA’s Invasion the Google and Yahoo Servers

What a week! Shortly after Secretary of State John Kerry admitted that maybe our government had gone “too far” in its surveillance programs,...

GCHQ intercepts Google, Yahoo cloud data hosted in Britain, feeds info to NSA

Published time: November 04, 2013 22:57 Satellite dishes are seen at GCHQ's outpost at Bude, close to where trans-Atlantic fibre-optic cables come ashore...

Mysterious Google barges identified as giant party boats

The secret behind Google's strange mystery barges in the San Francisco Bay and Portland, ME has been revealed: They are promotional party boats. According to...

Secret NSA program gains “bulk access” to Google, Yahoo data centers

By Alex Lantier31 October 2013 The National Security Agency (NSA) is spying on hundreds of millions of users of Google and Yahoo services, according...

NSA infiltrates Yahoo, Google networks

Newly leaked documents show the US National Security Agency infiltrates the main communication links that connect Yahoo and Google's data centers outside the US. On...

‘I Hope You Publish This’: NSA Broke Into Google, Yahoo Data Centers

Without their knowledge or permission, the National Security Agency has broken into the global data centers of Yahoo! and Google, the Washington Post is...

NSA secretly accessed Yahoo, Google data centers to collect information

Despite having front-door access to communications transmitted across the biggest Internet companies on Earth, the National Security Agency has been secretly tapping into the...

Google suspected of building enormous floating structure in San Francisco Bay

Published time: October 28, 2013 20:39 AFP Photo / Robert Galbriaith A mysterious four-story structure is being built atop a barge floating in the...

Did Google Collude With Obama Administration to Censor Video?

Paul Joseph Watson In a possible act of collusion between the Obama administration and Google-owned YouTube, a video exposing US-backed rebel atrocities in Syria —...

The Google Unemployment Index

zerohedge.com With even the Federal Reserve throwing doubt on the veracity (or usefulness) of the 'official' unemployment data (having finally caught on to the...

Massive Barge On San Francisco Bay Likely Secret Google Facility

KPIX 5October 27, 2013 The U.S. Navy had its share of secrets on Treasure Island, but...

New Google technology ‘uProxy’ to provide uncensored internet for global activists

Published time: October 22, 2013 00:45 Reuters / Cathal McNaughton Internet privacy advocates and activists suffering under repressive government regimes may now have a...

Meet the Google executive who plans to cheat death

Flashback: The Dark Side of Ray Kurzweil's Transhumanist Utopia UK Daily MailOctober 20, 2013 Google engineering director...

Party Like It’s 1999 – Google Breaks $1000

Presented with little comment aside to note that Google (3rd largest market cap in the S&P 500) is now up 13% on the day... (at $1007.40) Average: Your rating: None Average: 5 (3 votes)

Do Google and YouTube Search Engines Block Inconvenient Truth? A Case Study

NEW YORK, Oct. 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ – The 9/11 Consensus Panel reports that a study published Saturday, by the Centre for Research on Globalization,...

Vogue’s Creepy Google Glass Photoshoot

Selling the trendies on transhumanism Paul Joseph Watson Vogue Magazine recently published a photoshoot set in a dystopian futuristic landscape to...

Google “Constitute” Pushes New Governments to Embrace Democracy

Little did James Madison know that if the Constitutional Convention could have just been delayed a couple of hundred years, he could have saved...

Search Engine Manipulation. Google and YouTube Suppress 9/11 Truth?

With polls consistently showing that approximately 50% of Canadians and Americans doubt the official story of 9/11, the feat of keeping the lid on...

Google Is Being Accused Of Illegal Wiretapping

Justin Sullivan Yahoo Finance Oct. 2, 2013 If you have a Gmail address, it's likely you've seen ads that are specifically targeted at you...

Google’s wide net of data-fishing could land it whopping fines

Google may be facing its toughest fight yet, as a series of court cases involving the company's casual wiretapping of the world's e-mails and...

France moves to fine Google

France™s data-protection watchdog has decided to fine Google up to 300,000 euros (USD 402,180) over its failure to observe data privacy rules. According to a...

Google Back in Court over Wiretapping Gmail Accounts

RINF Alternative News Today a federal judge has given the go-ahead for a class-action suit against Google who have allegedly, yet again, breached wiretapping laws. The suit concerns...

Google launches ‘Constitute,’ a new tool for designing governments

Russell BrandomThe VergeSept. 23, 2013 The process of drafting a constitution is usually long, intricate and...

NSA posed as Google for spying

The US National Security Agency has masqueraded as Google in order to spy on web users, leaked documents show. In order to pose as Goggle...

Google’s Schmidt: won’t ‘pass judgement’ on NSA surveillance

It's not the danger to privacy that worries Eric Schmidt, executive chairman of internet leviathan Google, about the National Security Agency's vast data collection...

Report: NSA disguised itself as Google to spy on you

Edward MoyerCnetSeptember 13, 2013 Here's one of the latest tidbits on the NSA surveillance scandal (which...

NSA disguised itself as Google to spy, say reports

Edward Moyer CNET September 13, 2013 Here's one of the latest tidbits on the NSA surveillance scandal (which seems to be generating nearly as...

Court: Google can face wiretapping claims in Street View lawsuits

Maura Dolan L.A. Times September 11, 2013 A federal appeals court decided Tuesday that Google Inc. can be held liable for violating a federal...

Google security exec: ‘Passwords are dead’

Daniel Terdiman Cnet September 11, 2013 New startups looking for ways to keep their users secure should know one thing, a top Google security...

Google Glass app will map your face to detect your emotions

A facial recognition app has been created for the Google Glass platform which maps your face and detects your emotions based on your expressions....

Google Glass app will map your face to detect your emotions

A facial recognition app has been created for the Google Glass platform which maps your face and detects your emotions based on your expressions....

U.S. tapped into networks of Google, Petrobras, others: report

The U.S. government tapped into computer networks of companies including Google Inc. and Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, according to leaked U.S....

U.S. tapped into networks of Google, Petrobras, others: report

The U.S. government tapped into computer networks of companies including Google Inc. and Brazilian state-run oil firm Petroleo Brasileiro SA, according to leaked U.S....

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

Martha MendozaAssociated PressSeptember 5, 2013 Google’s attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents...

Google argues for right to continue scanning Gmail

Martha Mendoza Associated Press September 5, 2013 Google’s attorneys say their long-running practice of electronically scanning the contents of people’s Gmail accounts to help...

Microsoft and Google to sue over US surveillance requests

Rory CarrollThe GuardianAugust 31, 2013 Microsoft and Google are to sue the US government to win...

Google “Doing Things the CIA Cannot Do”

Julian Assange thestringer.com.au August 26, 2013 It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions...

Hacker Pilots Drone With Google Glass

Victoria WoollastonDaily MailAugust 24, 2013 A developer has created code that makes it possible for Google...

Google a Reef and Help Save It

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/google_a_reef_and_help_save_it_20130824/ Posted on Aug 24, 2013 ...

Hacker pilots a drone with Google Glass using just his head movements

Victoria Woollaston The Daily Mail August 23, 2013 A developer has created code that makes it possible for Google Glass wearers to pilot drones...

Shocker: Yahoo tops Google in US Internet traffic

Could this be the beginning of the end for Google’s reign over the Web? According to a report published this week, Internet icon Yahoo!...

Google Glass ‘Police’ App Allows Cops to View Live Feeds of Nearby Security Cameras

Darrell Etherington TechCrunch August 20, 2013 Google Glass has lots of potential applications beyond just making it easier for people to check out their...

How Google Chrome Lets Anybody See Your Passwords

Daniel G. J.Infowars.comAugust 17, 2013 One of the most popular features of Chrome is its ability...

Google Claims Right to Rifle Through All Gmail Messages

“If you care about your email correspondents’ privacy don’t use Gmail.” That’s the advice given by Consumer Watchdog’s Privacy Project director, John M. Simpson. On...

Google Submits Patent For Minority Report Style Eye Tracking Device

“Head mounted” technology will relay “emotional analytics” to advertisers Steve Watson While the current incarnation of Google Glass continues to prompt...

No Google Privacy? Status Quo for United States of Surveillance

(Photo: Robert Scoble/ Flickr)Uproar following Google's recent disclosure that email users should have 'no legitimate expectation of privacy,' begs critics to question–with the rise...

Google: Gmail users ‘have no legitimate expectation of privacy’

As tensions worsen among privacy-focused email users amid the escalating scandal surrounding government surveillance, a brief filed by attorneys for Google has surfaced showing...

Google Chrome security flaw allows access to users’ passwords

A software developer has discovered a critical security flaw in the highly popular Google Chrome browser that could put the privacy of potentially millions of users at risk.

Gigantic Pentagram Found in Kazakhstan — Can Be Seen in Google Maps

A gigantic pentagram was found in Google Maps in an isolated region of Kazakhstan, West of the city of Lisakovsk (coordinates +52° 28′ 47.14″, +62° 11′ 8.38″). The circle’s circumference is over 1000 feet wide and contains a clearly defined, mathematically correct pentagram. The pentacle (a pentagram inside a circle) is used in ritualistic magic and the inverted pentagram is used in black magic.

Reporter Wears Google Glasses to Pelosi Press Conference

Elizabeth HarringtonCNS NewsAugust 3, 2013 Google Glass stole the show at House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi’s...

Google’s call for open Internet hedged in its own rules

When Google was just a mighty search engine, the company championed an open, unfettered Internet. Now that it’s selling ultra-fast broadband Internet and TV service in Kansas City, Mo., with plans to repeat the service elsewhere, the tech giant bars customers from hosting servers on the Google Fiber network without written permission.

Feds Visit Family Who Googled Backpacks & Pressure Cookers…But the NSA Isn’t Watching You

Be careful what you Google….you never know when it might get you a visit from the federal anti-terrorism task force, despite the government’s claims that information about average Americans is not being analyzed.

Google Pressure Cookers and Backpacks, Get a Visit from the Cops

Philip BumpAtlantic WireAug 1, 2013 Michele Catalano was looking for information online about pressure cookers. Her...

Google silent on YouTube Press TV block

More than a week after Google disabled Press TVâ„¢s YouTube account, the internet giant has yet to explain why it blocked the alternative TV...

Microsoft asks Google to blacklist Microsoft.com

Like many copyright holders, Microsoft routinely asks Google to remove links from its search engine that contain copyrighted material. But last week, the software...

Google disables Press TV Youtube account

Google has prevented Press TV from accessing its Youtube page since Thursday, causing a large number of viewers and subscribers to contact the channel...

Google disables Press TV Youtube

Google has prevented Press TV from accessing its Youtube page since Thursday, causing a large number of viewers and subscribers to contact the channel...

‘Church of England must leave Google’

An advisor to British Prime Minister David Cameron has called on the Church of England to show "moral leadership" and end investment in Google...

Google Engineer Wins NSA Award, Then Says NSA Should Be Abolished

David Harris-Gershon Tikkun Daily July 27, 2013 Last week, Dr. Joseph Bonneau learned that he had won the NSA’s first annual “Science of Security...

Analyst: At Least Two Million Google Glasses To Be Sold Annually

Todd Spangler Variety July 24, 2013 Google has taken a stake in Himax Display, which produces microdisplays for head-mounted devices including Google Glass –...

Google plans on implanting chip in your brain

Daniel G. J. London IndependentJuly 20, 2013 Scott Huffman, Google’s engineering director, says the company’s intention is...

Hackers give Google Glass facial recognition capability

Google’s head-mounted computer Glass has yet to hit stores, though the Palo Alto company is already facing backlash from privacy advocates due to the...

Google experimenting with anti-NSA encryption – report

Google is considering encrypting users’ data generated on its Google Drive as a protection from the US government's invasive meta data collection policies revealed...

First Google Glass-Recorded Arrest: ‘Little Brother’ Filling In The Gaps

Donna Anderson Infowars.com July 10, 2013 While it’s difficult to go about your day without being tracked by Big Brother’s security cameras,...

Google reportedly paid Adblock Plus not to block its ads

Nathan Olivarez-Giles The Verge July 5, 2013 Google has reportedly paid the makers of Adblock Plus, the single most popular browser extension on Chrome and Firefox, to...

UK tells Google to remove private data

Britain's data regulator says Google must delete all personal data it has gathered using its Street View project or face court action by the...

France, Spain may fine Google

France and Spain are likely to fine US Internet giant Google Inc. over its policies on collecting user data, amid Washingtonâ„¢s controversial surveillance programs...

Google’s chief engineer: People will soon upload their entire brains to computers

Published time: June 20, 2013 16:02 There are around 377 million results on Google.com for the query “Can I live forever?” Ask that...

Skynet rising: Google acquires 512-qubit quantum computer; NSA surveillance to be turned over to...

Mike Adams Natural News June 20, 2013 Most people don’t know about the existence of quantum computers. Almost no one understands how they...

Google Fights for Right to Report on Surveillance Data Requests

Google is challenging the federal government over gag orders on data requests, asserting that it has a constitutional right to speak about information it...

Google Fights for Right to Report on Surveillance Data Requests

Google is challenging the federal government over gag orders on data requests, asserting that it has a constitutional right to speak about information it...

Google challenges U.S. gag order, citing First Amendment

Google asked the secretive Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court on Tuesday to ease long-standing gag orders over data requests the court makes, arguing that the company has a constitutional right to speak about information it is forced to give the government.

Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

Martha Mendoza and Nick PerryAssociated PressJune 18, 2013 Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere...

Google’s deep CIA and NSA connections

Eric SommerPravda.ruJune 17, 2013 The Western media is currently full of articles reporting Google’s denial that...

Google plans to wipe child porn from the Web

Dara KerrCNetJune 17, 2013 The search giant is creating a database of images depicting child exploitation...

UK MPs urge HMRC to investigate Google

A group of British MPs have urged HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) to fully investigate the search giant Google on tax avoidance as information...

Google Hiding Behind Smoke Screen Of NSA’s Internet Spying Scheme

In an exclusive interview with Fox News, Google feigned shock and dismay at revelations that the NSA (National Security Agency) had been using the network to spy on millions of American citizens.

Google & Facebook Discussed Secret Systems for U.S. to Spy on Users

Google and Facebook have discussed — and possibly built — special portals for the U.S. government to snoop on user data, according to revelations sparked...

Google ‘Palestine’–It Exists, And So Do Palestinians

On May 4, Google did something President Obama didn’t have the guts to do: they recognized Palestine as a state and gave us our...

NSA taps in to user data of Facebook, Google and others, secret files reveal

Glenn Greenwald and Ewen MacAskillguardian.co.ukJune 7, 2013 The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to...

NSA Taps in to Systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and others, Secret Files Reveal

A slide depicting the top-secret PRISM program.The National Security Agency has obtained direct access to the systems of Google, Facebook, Apple and other US internet giants, according to a top secret document obtained by the Guardian.

How the Chinese Exploited the Shady Relationship Between US Spymasters and Google

Silicon Valley is now ground zero of the biggest espionage struggles facing the United States since the height of the Cold War.

Through a Google Glass, Darkly

Let me throw out two predictions so obvious that I shouldn’t even have to commit them to print: 1) Within days, if not hours, of...

Amazon and Google chiefs join other corporate tax avoiders at annual Bilderberg confab

Ben QuinnLondon GuardianJune 4, 2013 Image: Infowars.com George Osborne and his Labour shadow, Ed Balls, are on...

Google Glass bans facial recognition

Matt WarmanTelegraph.co.ukJune 3, 2013 Google Glass is currently being trialled by ‘Explorers’ as the company tries...

Google Is Ordered To Give Private Customer Data To The FBI

London GuardianJune 2, 2013 A U.S. judge has ordered Google to comply with FBI secret demands...

Hand 'Em Over: Judge Rules Google Must Comply with FBI Demands for Customer Data

In a defeat for privacy advocates and a warning to those worried about the encroaching ability of federal law enforcement agencies to spy on...

Hand 'Em Over: Judge Rules Google Must Comply with FBI Demands for Customer Data

In a defeat for privacy advocates and a warning to those worried about the encroaching ability of federal law enforcement agencies to spy on...

Hand 'Em Over: Judge Rules Google Must Comply with FBI Demands for Customer Data

In a defeat for privacy advocates and a warning to those worried about the encroaching ability of federal law enforcement agencies to spy on...

Google Gestapo Coming to a City Near You

GiGi ErnetaInfowars.comJune 1, 2013 Lithunia, Greece and various parts of Europe are experiencing the pressure of...

‘Google must give customers’ data to FBI’

A US court says Internet giant Google must comply with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warrantless demands and turn over the data of...

Judge orders Google to comply with warrantless spy requests

A legal battle between Google and the United States Department of Justice is heating up as the Internet behemoth challenges the Obama administration’s warrantless...

Judge orders Google to comply with warrantless spy requests

A legal battle between Google and the United States Department of Justice is heating up as the Internet behemoth challenges the Obama administration’s warrantless...

Judge orders Google to comply with warrantless spy requests

A legal battle between Google and the United States Department of Justice is heating up as the Internet behemoth challenges the Obama administration’s warrantless...

Judge orders Google to comply with warrantless spy requests

A legal battle between Google and the United States Department of Justice is heating up as the Internet behemoth challenges the Obama administration’s warrantless...

EU demands Google do more to settle antitrust case

Associated Press The European Union’s antitrust chief said Tuesday that Google will have to offer more...

Yahoo’s Tumblr, Google’s Makani and Noah Cross’s Future

Toward the end of Roman Polanski’s masterpiece “Chinatown” an exchange takes place between “hero” Jake Gittes and the super-rich Noah Cross when Gittes finally...

The Bilderberg, Google and the G8: New Global Tax Regime Already in the Works

This year’s annual Bilderberg conference is rapidly approaching — where the world’s political and business elite meet in private to discuss their agenda which...

Eric Schmidt: Google AI Indistinguishable From Humans Within a Decade

Technology to pass Turing test within 5-10 years Paul Joseph WatsonInfowars.comMay 24, 2013 Eric Schmidt. Image: Wikimedia...

Google attempts to trump Facebook $1bn bid for Waze

Google are among a number of companies circling Israeli mapping software company Waze after Facebook put in a $1bln takeover bid. ...

Gross Hypocrisy From Google: ‘We Have To Fight For Privacy’

Google executive chairman Eric Schmidt and Jared Cohen of Google Ideas bizarrely made hypocritical statements at the company's Big Tent event this week about the increasing need to protect our privacy, while conveniently ignoring the fact that they profit from destroying it.

‘Same copyright boat’: Dotcom vows not to sue Google, Facebook in exchange for legal...

Megaupload founder and Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom claimed via Twitter Wednesday that he invented Two Step Authentication, a method of online security that adds...

‘Same copyright boat’: Dotcom vows not to sue Google, Facebook in exchange for legal...

Megaupload founder and Internet tycoon Kim Dotcom claimed via Twitter Wednesday that he invented Two Step Authentication, a method of online security that adds...

Google Glass: Privacy, policy violation worries arise with wearable gadget

Reuters May 19, 2013 Google staged four discussions expounding on the finer points of its “Glass” wearable computer during this week’s developer conference....

Google’s Plan To Take Over The World

Steve KovachBusiness InsiderMay 19, 2013 Google‘s big keynote at its I/O developers conference this week wore...

Ex manager: Google, immoral cheat

A former Google director says the American multinational company has cheated hundreds of millions of pounds out of the British taxpayer. This article originally...

Google insider exposes ‘immoral’ tax scam

Simon Duke and Jon Ungoed-ThomasThe Sunday TimesMay 18, 2013 A FORMER Google executive has blown the...

Chinese man uses Google maps to locate family 23 years after being kidnapped

A Chinese man has used Google maps to locate his family, 23 years after he was abducted. Luo Gang, who was kidnapped when he...

Google accused of ‘devious’ tax policy

British lawmakers accuse Google of "devious" and "unethical” tax behaviour.British lawmakers have accused Google of "devious" and "unethical” behaviour amid reports that the internet...

Google ‘Knows When You’re Home’

Google has devised yet another ingenious way of convincing people to hand over their real-time location data, by offering location specific “reminders” as part of its Google Now feature.

Google-Berg Merger Ushers in Planned-Opolis Future in the “Hybrid Age”

Daniel Taylor Infowars.comMay 16, 2013 The secretive Bilderberg Group has had more exposure in...

Domestic Spying and Social Media: Google, Facebook “Back Doors” for Government Wiretaps

The Obama administration is close to announcing its support for a law that would force Google, Facebook and other Internet communications companies to build...

Google Glasses Hack Reveals Disturbing Level Of Privacy Intrusions

A software developer has reportedly hacked Google Glasses, revealing a number of disturbing security flaws. Through a simple modification to the Google Glasses software, practically anyone can secretly record video and audio from the wearable device.

Google Fined (Again) Over Privacy

Google has been fined by German authorities over claims it illegally collected personal data during its Street View project.

Las Vegas Bans Google Glasses

While some thought news of a Seattle bar banning Google Glass was little more than a PR stunt, it seems not, as yet more firms have preemptively declared that they will not allow their customers to wear the funny looking spectacles.

Campaign To Limit Google Glasses Gathers Pace

Google's latest invention, the augmented reality (AR) eyewear known simply as Glass, is not even on the market, yet along with excitement over this possible glimpse into the future, Glass is also causing controversy.

More Regulators To Investigate Google Over Privacy Breaches

Six European data protection authorities will conduct formal investigations of Google's privacy policy after the company repeatedly rejected their requests that it reverse changes it made to the policy last March.

‘Ungoogleable’: Sweden removes term after pressure from Google

Published time: March 26, 2013 12:11
AFP Photo / Kimihiro Hoshino

Sweden’s Language Council for the first time decided to remove a word from its 2012 annual list of new words following pressure from Google, as the US search engine giant feared falling into the trap of becoming a generic trademark.

Google asked for the definition of the new Swedish term 'ogooglebar,' – meaning something that you cannot find on the web with the use of a search engine – to be amended to refer only to searches performed using Google’s own service, according to the Council.

The Language Council failed to comply, and decided to remove the word altogether after a prolonged legal debate.

Google's lawyers “tried to influence our way of defining the word,” Language Council head Ann Cederberg told Sveriges Radio. “It's not just about our definition of the word; we also tried to describe how users define the word and Google had opinions about that.”

Cedenberg admitted that the debate with Google took “too much time and resources,” and that even though the word was removed from the list, it still exists in Swedish language and nothing can stop people from using it.

“It's the users of the language who decide if it will remain,” she said. “So if the word exists, use it if you want. That's something Google can't decide.”

She also contradicted the claims that Google censored Sweden. Instead, Cedenberg argued that the idea behind the decision to remove the word was to trigger a debate. "We thought it would be useful to start talking about this; we have nothing to lose," she told TT news agency.

Google has taken up the fight to protect its brand from becoming a generic trademark like Zipper, yo-yo, aspirin, Kleenex, Band-Aid and others, the Verge news website suggested. Companies can lose their brand if consumers start treating the name as an everyday word, and stop associating it with a specific brand.

Earlier in May 2012, Arizona man David Elliott sued to have 'Google' be declared a generic word that means “search on the Internet,” and to have Google’s trademark cancelled.

Elliot’s attempt came after a court ruling that forced him to give up more than 750 website names, such as 'googlegaycruises.com' and 'googledonaldtrump.com.'

Google Glass – Wearable Orwellian Surveillance Devices

Nick Pickles, Director of Big Brother Watch, has raised concern over new technology developed by Google. Google Glasses are wearable surveillance devices that can record every aspect of a users life, and those around them.

Google ‘faces’ Russia’s probe over private email spying

Published time: March 12, 2013 11:35

Reuters/Truth Leem

Russian antimonopoly officials have launched an inquiry into Google for allegedly violating correspondence privacy in their advertising, Russian media reported. Google denied the charges, claiming that e-mails are reviewed by a computer, not a human.

Google’s webmail service Gmail will be investigated by Russia’s Federal Antimonopoly Service (FAS) for alleged unfair business practices and violating laws concerning the privacy of email correspondences, Izvestia daily revealed on Tuesday. The investigation was launched after multiple appeals by Russian citizens who were targeted by contextual advertising generated by Google’s web service engine, FAS representatives said.

Google’s mind-reader

Contextually targeted advertising is nothing new – initially, this technology used keywords that users had entered into the search engine. Google’s search engine advertising (SEA) now reads users’ emails automatically to fish out valuable information on what exactly the person is currently preoccupied with, or searching for.

Google’s office in Moscow did not deny that Gmail analyses its users’ emails: “It is the advertisement that enables us to provide services for free. We constantly work to make the ads safe, relevant and unobtrusive,” Google spokesperson Alla Zabrovskaya said. “Surely, there is nobody reading your mails or your account to pick up ads for you. It is automatic assessment algorithm similar to spam filtration that chooses ads.”

Gmail violates Russian law?

Google’s ‘mind-reading’ capabilities could violate Russian laws concerning the secrecy of private correspondence. Article 138 of Russia’s Criminal Code promises fines or corrective labor for “violation of secrecy of correspondence, telephone conversations, postal, telegraph, or other messages of citizens.” The use of “special technical means for secret collection of information” implies a maximum $10,000 fine, or up to four month behind bars.

In this case, a license agreement between Gmail and its clients cannot serve as an excuse for such practices, as long as the emails are a part of a Russian citizen’s private life, explained Sergey Kopylov, head of the legal department at Russia’s Internet Technical Center.

According to the Russian Civil Code, a license agreement is kind of contract; as long as a contract does not obey existing legislation, it must be considered void without any legal consequences, Kopylov told Izvestia.

Google vs Microsoft

Russia is hardly the first to suspect that Google is spying on those who use its services. In 2010, many users expressed frustration at how Google placed ads around their personal communications in Gmail. Since then, the company has further mastered this advertising technique.

Google’s rivals couldn’t miss the opportunity to turn the controversial innovation against the Internet giant. In November 2012, Microsoft accused Google Shopping of delivering search results based not on relevance, but according to the amount the web stores pay to promote their goods. As an alternative, Microsoft proposed its own Bing Shopping search engine, a partner of eBay-owned Shopping.com.

On February 6, 2013, Microsoft launched an aggressive anti-Google marketing campaign with the website Scroogled.com, which lashes out at Google’s questionable business practices. “Think Google respects your privacy? Think again,” Scroogled.com says, pointing out that “Google goes through every Gmail that's sent or received, looking for keywords so they can target Gmail users with paid ads.”

Microsoft’s campaign is part of its efforts to promote its own Outlook email service, which Microsoft maintains does not violate users’ privacy. Microsoft has also asked users to sign a petition to stop Google from going through personal emails to sell ads. The company’s counter-campaign came after the web giant announced its Gmail service reached 425 million active monthly users in June 2012, surpassing Hotmail to become the world’s largest email service.

Screenshot from www.scroogled.com

‘Using Gmail is your own choice’

Russia’s leading web companies that own mail services prefer to keep a safe distance from anything that could be construed as inspecting personal emails.

Russian internet giant Yandex believes that such privacy intrusion only irritates clients. And Mail.ru Group President Aleksey Katkov told Izvestia that his company does not use information from personal correspondences “for a number of reasons… We believe that kind of targeting [clients] is less effective than our own technologies,” Katkov said.

Russian MP Ilya Kostunov, an IT security expert, does not doubt that Google has violated correspondence secrecy laws: “Well, Internet companies do collect information about the users – but they do not read personal e-mails. I’m going to address to FAS so that they clear out if this is deceptive trade practice infringing the interests of Russian internet companies.”

Kostunov told Izvestia he is preparing legislation requiring civil servants to use only government webmail services for official correspondence, instead of using privately owned addresses registered at Gmail, Yandex or Mail.ru.

“I’d like to see inviolability of correspondence guaranteed by the state instead of Google,” he told Izvestia.

Kaspersky Lab Co-Founder and Director General of InfoWatch Natalya Kasperskaya also does not doubt that Google has broken the law, but explained that using Gmail is voluntary: “[Google’s Gmail] is free for anybody. Don’t like it – don’t use it. But if you do use it – be ready to be targeted with context ads. Your personal data is going to be combined with data from other Google services and analyzed. [Google Maps] will suggest your whereabouts. The photos of you and your relatives will be found at Picasa [Google’s photo hosting]. Your friends and acquaintances will be tracked via Google+ [social network], your preferences can be tracked by your web inquiries. The number of your credit card will be known when you pay on Android market. The more Google services you use – the less privacy you have left.”

Spotting ‘fashion fingerprints’: Google Glass app helps locate friends

Published time: March 08, 2013 12:47

A Google employee wears Glass at Google's Developers Conference. (AFP Photo / Mathew Sumner)

New Google Glass app InSight takes the experience of spotting your friends to the next level, as it recognizes your peers by their clothes and accessories – matching specific color patterns and textures to the user.

This new human recognition software makes it impossible to lose your friends in a packed place, such as an airport, concert hall or shopping center.

The app creates a ‘fashion fingerprint’ for every friend based on the outfit they are wearing including clothes, jewelry, glasses, etc.

‘Fashion fingerprint’ is generated by snapping pictures of the user and creating a file of that image called a ‘spatiogram’, which calculates patterns and spatial distribution of colors on the user and analyzes the information to identify that particular person later on in the distance or from a different angle. 

The new system is being partly funded by Google and was presented at the HotMobile technology conference last week, while currently still being developed by the Duke University in North Carolina.

So far the app has been tested by 15 volunteers and managed to identify people correctly 93 per cent of the time.

The software does not use facial recognition systems to locate individuals since it is unlikely that the users will be looking straight into the Google Glass’ camera, InSight developer Srihari Nelakuditi told New Scientist.

He also noted that the ‘fashion fingerprint’ lasts only as long as the user does not change clothes. Afterwards, a new snapshot must be made and a new ‘fingerprint’ created. Thus, for privacy protection, all the user has to do is change outfits, argues Nelakuditi.

Google Glass is a new wearable computer with a head-mounted display. It displays information in a smartphone-like format hands-free and can interact with the internet via natural language voice commands.

The new product does raise new privacy issues, especially considering that users will be able to video record everything through Google Glass without being noticed by others.

Australian Senator Cory Bernardi believes that Google Glass will be “the end of privacy as we know it” because the device can be used for massive surveillance, The Register quoted him as saying.

“A single Google Glass wearer in your favorite restaurant could capture your image and your conversation without you ever knowing,” argues Bernardi. “The footage would be stored on the Google servers, your voice could be translated into text and with the use of facial recognition, could be actually matched to your Google profile.”

Google also has been facing a row of privacy battles in EU and US for its current products.

Just last month European data protection agencies said they intend to crack down on the US internet giant Google before summer after it allegedly failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws.

Previously, the data protection agencies warned Google that its new confidentiality policy was not in line with EU laws. The regulators included a list of 12 "practical recommendations" which would bring Google’s privacy policy and data collection up to standard. The advisory centers on the firm’s automatic collection of personal data, ranging from browsing histories, to real-time location, to credit card details.

Since January, Google has also been embroiled in its biggest privacy battle yet in the UK over reportedly tracking users’ online habits. At least 10 UK citizens began legal action with dozens more lining up. According to media estimates up to 10 million Britons could join in.

Google is accused of evading security settings on Apple’s devices and Safari’s web browser in order to keep tabs on people’s online preferences.

68% of Brits Worried About Google Privacy

A new survey conducted by pro-privacy campaign group Big Brother Watch has found that an alarming 68% of British people are "very concerned" about Google's practices which frequently threaten our privacy. The survey interviewed 2,050 British adults via the web.

Google in More Trouble with Privacy Watchdogs

European data watchdogs said they plan to take action against Google by this summer for its privacy policy, which pools user data from across all its services.

Europe to face Google over privacy rules

Europe intends to take coercive action against the US-based internet giant Google over its failure to follow orders to comply with the European Union privacy laws.

France's CNIL data protection agency said on Monday that European data organizations have planned to set up a working group to “coordinate their coercive actions which should be implemented before the summer.”

CNIL further added that European data agencies are set to hold talks next week to approve the action plan. The France-based organization will lead the effort.

In October 2012, European Union-led investigations warned that Google’s new privacy policy fails to provide users with sufficient control over their data, urging the company to modify it within months or face legal actions.


“At the end of a four-month delay accorded to Google to comply with the European data protection directive and to implement effectively (our) recommendations, no answer has been given,” said CNIL.

Google unveiled the new privacy policy in March, authorizing the firm to trace users to develop targeted advertising by combining data from all of its services despite sharp criticism from the US and European consumer advocacy groups.

The Internet giant contends the move simplifies and unifies its policies through its various services such as Gmail, YouTube, Android mobile systems, social networks and Internet search.

However, critics argue that the policy gives Google, which is the operator of the world's largest search engine, unprecedented ability to monitor its users.

Google Inc. is an American multinational corporation that hosts many internet-related services including, Internet search, cloud computing and advertising technologies.

Most of the company's profits are generated by the advertising revenue coming from its on-line advertising system known as AdWords.

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EU watchdogs promise ‘repressive action’ against Google over privacy row

(AFP Photo / Daniel Mihailescu)

(AFP Photo / Daniel Mihailescu)

European data protection agencies intend to crack down on the US Internet giant Google before summer after it allegedly failed to follow their orders to comply with EU privacy laws, France’s data watchdog said.

"At the end of a four-month delay accorded to Google to comply with the European data protection directive and to implement effectively (our) recommendations, no answer has been given," France's Commission Nationale de l'Informatique et des Libertes (CNIL) data protection agency said in a statement on Monday.

CNIL, which led the probe on behalf of EU data-protection authorities, vowed EU regulators “are determined to act and continue their investigations” and their “repressive action.” CNIL did not elaborate on what those measures would entail.

European data protection agencies plan to set up a working group to "coordinate their coercive actions which should be implemented before the summer," and they will meet next week to approve the action plan, CNIL continued.

In October the data protection agencies warned Google that its new confidentiality policy was not in line with EU laws, giving the Internet giant four months to make changes or face legal action, including possible fines.

The regulators included a list of 12 "practical recommendations" which would bring Google’s privacy policy and data collection up to standard. The advisory centers on the firm’s automatic collection of personal data, ranging from browsig histories, to real-time location, to credit card details.

Google maintained in a statement released Monday that its confidentiality policy was not in breach of EU law.

“Our privacy policy respects European law and allows us to create simpler, more effective services,” Google said. “We have engaged fully with the CNIL throughout this process and we’ll continue to do so going forward.”

Google's privacy policy—which allows the company to track users between services like Gmail and YouTube – has drawn fierce criticism from both US and European consumer advocacy groups.

The California-based firm argues the creation of a uniform set of policies for more than 60 of its products last year would improve the user experience and give them a more integrated view of its users – bringing them in line with Apple and Facebook.

EU competition authorities are separately investigating whether Google has used its search engine to promote its own services and hinder competitors like Microsoft by manipulating search rankings.

Google has offered to change some of its business practices in response to that probe in order to avoid billions of dollars in potential fines.

Google may go retail by end of the year

image from flickr by Scott Beale

image from flickr by Scott Beale

On a wave of fresh rumors about Apple’s future products, the news has emerged about Google’s plans to enter the retail business. By next holiday season Google is rumored to open a chain of stores to showcase its growing collection of products.

­Rumors lit the tech blogs and forums ablaze Friday when an “extremely reliable source” revealed Google’s plans to have retail stores by the end of this year to 9to5Google’s Seth Weintraub.

“I wouldn't put it past Google to do this,” said Ben Bajarin, principal analyst with Silicon Valley-based Creative Strategies.

The stores will likely feature Google’s latest phone, the Nexus 4, Chromebooks, Google powered Samsung and Android smartphones, and other Google gadgets that are currently sold from retailers, and not directly from Google itself.

Currently, many wireless carriers do not carry Google’s Nexus 4. And since it is priced at $500, it is a large enough sum of money that customers may want to ‘test drive’ the device before the purchase.

Google already has ‘pop-up’ kiosks in BestBuy stores, where Google employees can sell the Nexus phone and answer product questions.

The stores will also be a showcase for Sergey Brin’s latest, Google Glass, motion-censored reality glasses, which are set to hit the market sometime in 2014, starting at $1,500. Customers will certainly want to play with these before laying down the dough.

Google founder Sergey Brin poses for a portrait wearing Google Glass glasses (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)
Google founder Sergey Brin poses for a portrait wearing Google Glass glasses (Reuters / Carlo Allegri)

Google will likely borrow heavily from Apple’s successful in-store retail model, the highest grossing US retailer.

Apple opened its first retail store on May 15, 2011 outside of Washington D.C. Bright, minimalistic, and simple, the store offered a space for customers to test-drive products.

One of the big elements of Apple’s retail success is its Genius Bar. This idea was not revolutionary by any standard – Circuit City, Best Buy, Radioshack, and dozens of others electronic outfitters offered in-store customer care when Apple opened its doors. 

The Apple Genius bar is straight forward. The customer brings in the faulty product, and the ‘Genius’ fixes it on site, or places an order for a replacement from the depot. But so much of the Google brand is digital so where will Google draw the line on its customer care? Will Gmail customers be able to set up a Genius appointment to find out how to activate an out-of-office reply or how to recover lost files on their cloud?

Even if the Google store chain does not reach sales of Apple proportion, it will at the very least function as a showcase that creates customer awareness around the product.

“Google does not have as many products as Apple, but it has enough to justify a physical retail presence,” said Greg Sterling, a senior analyst with Opus Research.

Until recently, the Google Brand has been digital- engines, ads and clouds. Two thirds of search engine requests are keyed in on Google, and in December 2012 it served as the platform for 114.7 billion searches, according to the latest comScore engine rankings for January 2013. And 'going retail' is of course a risky maneuver, even for an industry giant like Google.

Google Wallet Intentionally Shares Private Information

Google-privacy
An Australian software developer has raised concerns over Google's app store, after being sent the full names, email and some postal code information of everyone who bought his mobile app.

Google Moves to Destroy Online Anonymity … Unintentionally Helping Authoritarian Governments

Google Inc: "Don't Be Evil"

Governments Move to Destroy Online Anonymity

Some of the world’s leading social critics and political critics have used pen names.

As Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge points out (edited slightly for readability):

Though often maligned (typically by those frustrated by an inability to engage in ad hominem attacks), anonymous speech has a long and storied history in the United States. Used by the likes of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) to criticize common ignorance, and perhaps most famously by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (aka publius) to write the Federalist Papers, we think ourselves in good company in using one or another nom de plume.

Particularly in light of an emerging trend against vocalizing public dissent in the United States, we believe in the critical importance of anonymity and its role in dissident speech.

Like the Economist magazine, we also believe that keeping authorship anonymous moves the focus of discussion to the content of speech and away from the speaker – as it should be. We believe not only that you should be comfortable with anonymous speech in such an environment, but that you should be suspicious of any speech that isn’t.

But governments – especially authoritarian governments – hate anonymity.

A soon-to-be-released book by Google executive Eric Schmidt -  called “The New Digital Age” – describes the desire of authoritarian governments to destroy anonymity.  The Wall Street Journal provides an excerpt:

Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable and unverified citizens — “hidden people”; they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account, and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.

Last December, China started requiring all web users to register using their real names.

But the U.S. is quickly moving in the same direction.  As Gene Howington reported last year:

Do you have a right to anonymous political free speech?

According to the Supreme Court, you do. According to the Department of Homeland Security, you don’t. They’ve hired General Dynamics to track U.S. citizens exercising this critical civil right.

The history of anonymous political free speech in America dates back to our founding. The seminal essays found in “The Federalist Papers” were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay under the nom de plume of “Publius” although this was not confirmed until a list of authorship complied by Hamilton was posthumously released to the public. As previously discussed on this blog, the right to anonymous political free speech has been addressed by the Supreme Court. Most notably in the cases of Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60 (1960) and McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 514 U.S. 334 (1995). In Talley, Justice Hugo Black writing for the majority said that, “Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all.” In McIntyre, Justice John Paul Stevens writing for the majority said that, “Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. [… ] an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” That seems clear enough in defining that citizens do have a Constitutionally protected right to anonymous political free speech.

The full DHS policy statement regarding its activities can be viewed in the DHS Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative (November 15, 2011), but rt.com’s summary spells out the basics:

“Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.” – rt.com

This question about the right to anonymous political free speech is also asked over the background of the Electronic Privacy Information Center filing a FOIA request against the DHS to find out the details of the agency’s social network monitoring program.

***

As part of recent disclosures related to the EPIC suit, it is revealed that the DHS has hired and instructed General Dynamics to monitor political dissent and the dissenters. The range of websites listed as being monitored is quite impressive. Notably, jonathanturley.org is not on this list [Howington's essay is a guest blog on constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley's website], but equally of note is that this list is by the DHS’ own admission “representative” and not “comprehensive”.

***

Some of the more high profile and highly trafficked sites being monitored include the comments sections of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, Wired, and ABC News. In addition, social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are being monitored. For the first time, the public not only has an idea who the DHS is pursuing with their surveillance and where, but what they are looking for as well. General Dynamics contract requires them to “[identify] media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government, DHS, or prevent, protect, respond government activities.” The DHS also instructed General Dynamics to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.” In other words, the DHS wants to know who you are if you say anything critical about the government.

Anybody thinking of the name “Goebbels” at this point is not out of line.

Indeed, valuing online privacy could even get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

Google Moving to Help Destroy Anonymity

Google’s motto is “Do No Evil“.   And Google notes in a patent application:

When users reveal their identities on the internet, it leaves them more vulnerable to stalking, identity theft and harassment.

So you might assume that Google is fighting to protect anonymity on the web.

But Schmidt’s new book reveals that Google will support the destruction of anonymity (via Wall Street Journal):

Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.

Search Engine Journal explains:

[Passages from Schmidt's book] confirm what many industry writers have been passionately clattering away about for months now.  Google+ is an identity verification network.  As the network continues to grow, content associated with a verified identity will rise to the top of Google search rankings.

(Google+ is now the world’s second most popular social network.)

In other words, Schmidt acknowledges (in the first quote above) that authoritarians want to destroy anonymity … and Google will help them do so.

We are not saying that Google likes authoritarians. (Potential ties between Google and the government are beyond the scope of this essay.)   However, Google will do business with anyone … and will cowtow to authoritarians they happen to do business with.

Google is doing this to make money.  Remember, Google gathers information across all of its platforms, and personalizes search engine results based upon what you’ve looked for in past searches.

After all, Google is primary an advertising company … not a search company. See this, this, this and this.

As the Daily Mail reported last year:

A former Google executive has lambasted his ex-employer … claiming that the search company has been turned into an ‘ad company’ obsessed with harvesting people’s private information.

James Whittaker, a current Partner Development Manager at Microsoft and ex-Engineering Director at Google, posted the 1328-word attack on Google on his Microsoft blog this week.

‘Perhaps Google is right,’ writes Whittaker, ‘Perhaps the future lies in learning as much about people’s personal lives as possible.

‘The Google I was passionate about was a technology company. The Google I left was an advertising company.’

***

The move comes in the wake of Google’s controversial new ‘privacy policy’, which allowed the search giant to ‘pool’ information from 60 separate services including Gmail, Google Search and Android phones, to create ‘personalised’ advertising.

The bottom line is that anonymity reduces Google’s ability to monetize personal information and sell it to its advertisers.  So Google is on a campaign to destroy anonymity … and unintentionally helping tyrants in the process.

As INeedHits laments:

We knew a day would come when privacy was a thing of the past, but Schmidt clearly spells out that day is sooner than we had expected.

Google Moves to Destroy Online Anonymity … Helping Authoritarian Governments In the Process

Governments Move to Destroy Online Anonymity

Gene Howington reported last year:

The history of anonymous political free speech in America dates back to our founding. The seminal essays found in “The Federalist Papers” were written by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay under the nom de plume of “Publius” although this was not confirmed until a list of authorship complied by Hamilton was posthumously released to the public. As previously discussed on this blog, the right to anonymous political free speech has been addressed by the Supreme Court. Most notably in the cases of Talley v. California, 362 U.S. 60 (1960) and McIntyre v. Ohio Elections Commission, 514 U.S. 334 (1995). In Talley, Justice Hugo Black writing for the majority said that, “Anonymous pamphlets, leaflets, brochures and even books have played an important role in the progress of mankind. Persecuted groups and sects from time to time throughout history have been able to criticize oppressive practices and laws either anonymously or not at all.” In McIntyre, Justice John Paul Stevens writing for the majority said that, “Anonymity is a shield from the tyranny of the majority. [… ] an author’s decision to remain anonymous, like other decisions concerning omissions or additions to the content of a publication, is an aspect of the freedom of speech protected by the First Amendment.” That seems clear enough in defining that citizens do have a Constitutionally protected right to anonymous political free speech.

Tyler Durden of Zero Hedge points out (with slight editing):

Though often maligned (typically by those frustrated by an inability to engage in ad hominem attacks), anonymous speech has a long and storied history in the United States. Used by the likes of Mark Twain (aka Samuel Langhorne Clemens) to criticize common ignorance, and perhaps most famously by Alexander Hamilton, James Madison and John Jay (aka publius) to write the Federalist Papers, we think ourselves in good company in using one or another nom de plume.

Particularly in light of an emerging trend against vocalizing public dissent in the United States, we believe in the critical importance of anonymity and its role in dissident speech.

Like the Economist magazine, we also believe that keeping authorship anonymous moves the focus of discussion to the content of speech and away from the speaker – as it should be. We believe not only that you should be comfortable with anonymous speech in such an environment, but that you should be suspicious of any speech that isn’t.

But governments – especially authoritarian governments – hate anonymity.

A soon-to-be-released book by Google executive Eric Schmidt -  called “The New Digital Age” – describes the desire of authoritarian governments to destroy anonymity.  The Wall Street Journal provides an excerpt:

Some governments will consider it too risky to have thousands of anonymous, untraceable and unverified citizens — “hidden people”; they’ll want to know who is associated with each online account, and will require verification at a state level, in order to exert control over the virtual world.

Last December, China started requiring all web users to register using their real names.

But the U.S. is quickly moving in the same direction.  Gene Howington explains:

Do you have a right to anonymous political free speech?

According to the Supreme Court, you do. According to the Department of Homeland Security, you don’t. They’ve hired General Dynamics to track U.S. citizens exercising this critical civil right.

***

The full DHS policy statement regarding its activities can be viewed in the DHS Privacy Compliance Review of the NOC Media Monitoring Initiative (November 15, 2011), but rt.com’s summary spells out the basics:

“Under the National Operations Center (NOC)’s Media Monitoring Initiative that came out of DHS headquarters in November, Washington has the written permission to retain data on users of social media and online networking platforms.

Specifically, the DHS announced the NCO and its Office of Operations Coordination and Planning (OPS) can collect personal information from news anchors, journalists, reporters or anyone who may use “traditional and/or social media in real time to keep their audience situationally aware and informed.”

According to the Department of Homeland Security’s own definition of personal identifiable information, or PII, such data could consist of any intellect “that permits the identity of an individual to be directly or indirectly inferred, including any information which is linked or linkable to that individual.” Previously established guidelines within the administration say that data could only be collected under authorization set forth by written code, but the new provisions in the NOC’s write-up means that any reporter, whether someone along the lines of Walter Cronkite or a budding blogger, can be victimized by the agency.

Also included in the roster of those subjected to the spying are government officials, domestic or not, who make public statements, private sector employees that do the same and “persons known to have been involved in major crimes of Homeland Security interest,” which to itself opens up the possibilities even wider.

The department says that they will only scour publically-made info available while retaining data, but it doesn’t help but raise suspicion as to why the government is going out of their way to spend time, money and resources on watching over those that helped bring news to the masses.” – rt.com

This question about the right to anonymous political free speech is also asked over the background of the Electronic Privacy Information Center filing a FOIA request against the DHS to find out the details of the agency’s social network monitoring program.

***

As part of recent disclosures related to the EPIC suit, it is revealed that the DHS has hired and instructed General Dynamics to monitor political dissent and the dissenters. The range of websites listed as being monitored is quite impressive. Notably, jonathanturley.org is not on this list [Howington's essay is a guest blog on constitutional law professor Jonathan Turley's website], but equally of note is that this list is by the DHS’ own admission “representative” and not “comprehensive”.

***

Some of the more high profile and highly trafficked sites being monitored include the comments sections of The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Newsweek, the Huffington Post, the Drudge Report, Wired, and ABC News. In addition, social networking sites Facebook, MySpace and Twitter are being monitored. For the first time, the public not only has an idea who the DHS is pursuing with their surveillance and where, but what they are looking for as well. General Dynamics contract requires them to “[identify] media reports that reflect adversely on the U.S. Government, DHS, or prevent, protect, respond government activities.” The DHS also instructed General Dynamics to generate “reports on DHS, Components, and other Federal Agencies: positive and negative reports on FEMA, CIA, CBP, ICE, etc. as well as organizations outside the DHS.” In other words, the DHS wants to know who you are if you say anything critical about the government.

Anybody thinking of the name “Goebbels” at this point is not out of line.

Indeed, valuing online privacy could even get you labeled as a potential terrorist.

Google Moving to Help Destroy Anonymity

Google’s motto is “Do No Evil“.   And Google notes in a patent application:

When users reveal their identities on the internet, it leaves them more vulnerable to stalking, identity theft and harassment.

So you might assume that Google is fighting to protect anonymity on the web.

But Schmidt’s new book reveals that Google will support the destruction of anonymity (via Wall Street Journal):

Within search results, information tied to verified online profiles will be ranked higher than content without such verification, which will result in most users naturally clicking on the top (verified) results. The true cost of remaining anonymous, then, might be irrelevance.

Search Engine Journal explains:

[Passages from Schmidt's book] confirm what many industry writers have been passionately clattering away about for months now.  Google+ is an identity verification network.  As the network continues to grow, content associated with a verified identity will rise to the top of Google search rankings.

(Google+ is now the world’s second most popular social network.)

In other words, Schmidt acknowledges (in the first quote above) that authoritarians want to destroy anonymity … and Google will help them do so.

We are not saying that Google likes authoritarians. True, there are potential ties between Google and the government.  For example, the head of DARPA now works for Google, and Internet powerhouse Vint Cerf has worked at both institutions.  Wired reports:

Long before it reportedly enlisted the help of the National Security Agency to secure its networks, Google sold equipment to the secret signals-intelligence group. In-Q-Tel [the CIA's investment arm] backed the mapping firm Keyhole, which was bought by Google in 2004 — and then became the backbone for Google Earth.

And a former high-level CIA officer alleges that the CIA funded Google with seed money.

However, the focus of this essay is on Google’s profit motive.  Specifically, Google will do business with anyone … and will cowtow to authoritarians they happen to do business with.

Google is doing this to make money.  Remember, Google gathers information across all of its platforms, and personalizes search engine results based upon what you’ve looked for in past searches.

After all, Google is primary an advertising company … not a search company. See this, this, this and this.

As the Daily Mail reported last year:

A former Google executive has lambasted his ex-employer … claiming that the search company has been turned into an ‘ad company’ obsessed with harvesting people’s private information.

James Whittaker, a current Partner Development Manager at Microsoft and ex-Engineering Director at Google, posted the 1328-word attack on Google on his Microsoft blog this week.

‘Perhaps Google is right,’ writes Whittaker, ‘Perhaps the future lies in learning as much about people’s personal lives as possible.

‘The Google I was passionate about was a technology company. The Google I left was an advertising company.’

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The move comes in the wake of Google’s controversial new ‘privacy policy’, which allowed the search giant to ‘pool’ information from 60 separate services including Gmail, Google Search and Android phones, to create ‘personalised’ advertising.

The bottom line is that anonymity reduces Google’s ability to monetize personal information and sell it to its advertisers.  So Google is on a campaign to destroy anonymity … and unintentionally helping tyrants in the process.

As INeedHits laments:

We knew a day would come when privacy was a thing of the past, but Schmidt clearly spells out that day is sooner than we had expected.

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Microsoft Hypocritically Attacks Google Over Privacy

And conveniently forgets to mention it's own privacy track record

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Yes, Gmail scans every email you send or receive, and no, there isn't any way to opt-out. Yes, it probably does breach international privacy laws and yes, Google does systematically steal and abuse our data. But! let's take a closer look at Microsoft...

Google exposes racial discrimination in online ads delivery — study

(AFP Photo / Eva Hambach)

(AFP Photo / Eva Hambach)

Google’s search algorithms expose racial discrimination, a new study by Harvard professor purports. It claims ads related to criminal records are more likely to pop up when "black-sounding names" are ‘googled’.

­Latanya Sweeney, Professor of Government and Technology in Residence at Harvard, had found out that Google searches involving "black-sounding names" are more than 25 percent likely to produce ads that imply that person has been arrested than “white-sounding names”.

What are “black- and white-sounding names”?

In her paper “Discrimination in Online Ad Delivery” (published January 28) Sweeney refers to the a Job Discrimination study that “used a correlation of names given to black and white babies in Massachusetts between 1974 and 1979.”

First, using those findings, she collected a list of more than 2,000 names that were suggestive of race.

Names such as Lakisha, DeAndre, Jermaine, Leroy and Darnell more often tend to suggest that the person was black, while names like Allison, Kristen, Greg or Jack were considered to be white-identifying names.

Sample face images on google.com retrieved for searches “latisha”. (Image from arxiv.org)
Sample face images on google.com retrieved for searches “latisha”. (Image from arxiv.org)

Sweeney has taken a look at the so-called public record ads like InstantCheckMate or PeopleSmart and some others. She compared search results on Google.com and Reuters.com.

It turned out that “black-sounding names” are more likely than “white-sounding” to trigger ads including the word "arrest".

Searching for names like Leroy, Jamal or Kenya yielded a greater percentage of ads with the word “arrested” in the ad’s text, while for Jack or Greg, for instance, neutral ads, with no criminal related text, popped up.

In Google search InstantCheckMate ads contained the word “arrested” in 92 per cent of returns (in 332 cases out of 366) when “black-sounding” names were looked for, 8 per cent of neutral ads popped up.

For comparison, on Reuters search InstantCheckMate ads suggested checking criminal records in 60 per cent of all black identifying names.

Sweeney  tried her own name. A computer scientist with no criminal past, she discovered that prior to presenting her academic merits, she first of all was greeted by an ad that suggested checking if “Latanya Sweeney, arrested?”

Sweeney followed the link and paid a fee to discover there was no criminal record associated with that name.

"Perhaps you are in competition for an award, an appointment, a promotion, or a new job…” the scientist writes in her paper, giving a bunch of circumstances for which an online researcher seeks to learn more about a person.

“Appearing alongside your list of accomplishments is an advertisement implying you may have a criminal record whether you actually have one or not,” Sweeney concluded.

However, she hesitated to give a cause for the differences in ads, saying more information “about the inner workings of Google AdSense [Google's online ad tool]” is required. 

Sweeney suggested that the search engines might be just a reflection of society’s prejudices and delivered ads are simply based on the most popular links previous users have clicked on.

"So the ad text getting the most clicks eventually displays more frequently,"
she explained.

Google AdSense has responded Sweeney’s findings saying that it does not conduct any racial profiling in its search software.

Sample ads and criminal reports for “latanya farrell” (a,b), “latanya sweeney” (c,d). (Image from arxiv.org)
Sample ads and criminal reports for “latanya farrell” (a,b), “latanya sweeney” (c,d). (Image from arxiv.org)

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Locate the Gulags: Google unveils more detailed North Korea maps

North Korea is now more than a blank square on Google Maps. The company has revised its maps application and added what it says is the most detailed plan of one of the most isolated countries in the world.

­Until Tuesday the only spot labeled in North Korean territory was its capital Pyongyang. Now the update shows not only roads, railway stations, hotels and restaurants, but also the country’s several city-sized “gulags”. When zoomed in the grey-colored camps can be easily identified.

In the country’s northeast, for instance, Google has labeled what it calls the “Hwasong Gulag.” It’s cut through by a street called Gulag 16 Road, after the Gulag 16 Checkpoint that is also labeled on the new map. The first user reviews are mostly ironic. One of the “tips” suggests avoiding the checkpoint if “cavity searches” is not “your cup of tea” and proceeding straight to the gulag.  

According to a Google post, the map is a work of  “a community of citizen cartographers” that voluntarily have been working on it through an interface known as Google Map Maker since 2009. In the case of North Korea, where access to the full-blown internet is restricted, almost all of a limited number of volunteers were working from outside of the country.  They used information that was already public, bringing together details from analog and satellite maps. The data was fact-checked in a similar process to that used by Wikipedia.

“As a result, the world can access maps of North Korea that offer much more information and detail than before,” Jayanth Mysore, a senior product manager at Google Map Maker said in the statement posted Monday.   

However, the new map is said to have less information than other maps created by private efforts with the help of a different Google product, the satellite image program Google Earth. One of the maps was created by Curtis Melvin, who runs the North Korea Economy Watch blog. He also spent years spotting landmarks in North Korea.

In addition to a lack of information, the map fails to provide routes from one spot to another.

“We know this map is not perfect,” Google said in a statement, calling for people from around the world to continue helping to improve the maps’ quality.

As for who is to benefit from the new service the Google Map creators expect that it is most likely to be users from South Korea.

“While many people around the globe are fascinated with North Korea, these maps are especially important for the citizens of South Korea who have ancestral connections or still have family living there,” Mysore wrote.

With the two countries still technically at war, decent maps of the North are reportedly almost impossible to obtain in South Korea.

The release of the maps comes just weeks after Google Chairman, Eric Schmidt, visited Pyongyang. But his visit was unrelated to the map roll-out, a Google spokesman said.

Before (Image from Google Maps)
Before (Image from Google Maps)

After (Image from Google Maps)
After (Image from Google Maps)

I Don’t Think Facebook Investors Will “Like” This!!! Google Has Already Caught Up In...

For those who don't follow me, I've been bearish on Facebook's stock since day one, primarily due to valuation and pricing issues.  I'vemade (or saved) my subscribers a fortune on the Facebook IPO, from pre-IPO private trading to IPO at $38, to its fall to $17 or so. Lately, the stock has been on a tear. On January 10th, I posted "As Facebook Finally Starts To Approach Its IPO Price The Competition Thoroughly Outclasses It - Buyer Beware", basically a warning that my many admonitions concerning FB's risk adjusted prospects for success are still rather optimistic considering the offerings of its most dangerous competitor, Google. The piece illustrated how Google+ was not only technically superior to Facebook in nearly every way, but far cheaper for advertisers (Facebook's only real revenue stream) as well. Well, here's another potential nail in the like button coffin...

Facebook has two major caveats to its current business model. One is the monetization of its user base. The second is the growth of said user base itself....

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Facebook's subscriber growth has actually slowed materially since this graphic was made.  

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Well, here's the real kicker....

... and to make things worse, Google also owns the number three social platform as well. When combined, they have effectively caught up to Facebook already after just a single year of effort. That should scare the shit out of Facebook investors!

Google+, who despite being branded a failure or ghost town by large portions of the media, grew in terms of active usage by 27% to 343m users to become the number 2 social platform. Interestingly for Google, YouTube (not previously tracked by us as a social platform) comes in at number 3, demonstrating the immense opportunity of linking Google’s services through the G+ social layer. This is also a key indication of why Google+ integrated with the Google product set is so key to the future of search and the internet. We’ve got more coming on Google+ later this week as well.
Source: +GlobalWebIndex 
Link: http://goo.gl/hgU4k

Here are some very interesting comments from the Google+ post that I sourced this from, one being from the Google+ head himself (Vic).

  • I recently read an article about Exxon using G+ in place of Facebook and Microsoft to create global collaborative workgroups. The article noted the seamless G+ integration with video, messaging, and document sharing as a key factor in their decision to utilize Google over similar services offered by MS and the like. Another interesting growth area has been in education.#GooglePlusInTheClassroom. IMO Google Plus isn't as much of a social networking platform as much as a Information Enterprise platform for the masses.

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This level of social interaction from Google managment is both impressive and commendable. Now, to reminisce on past pontifications Facebook....Here's where I broke it down on Capital Account

I also happened to do the same on the Max Kesier show...

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And from the archives...

I discussed Facebook on the Peter Schiff radio show, the Facebook excerpt is below...

Additional Facebook analysis, valuationa and commentary.

On Max Keiser, go to the 13:55 marker for more on Facebook...

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Google reports record requests for private info

Google received a record number of requests to disclose user information to governments and law enforcement bodies in 2012. Requests have rocketed by 25 per cent in the last year, with the US leading the field by far in calls for data disclosure.

The search giant published its findings in its annual transparency report, detailing the number of requests for user information by country. Since Google began documenting figures in 2009, there has been an increase of over 70 per cent in disclosure requests. The company says it has complied with 66 per cent of recent cases.

National governments and law enforcement agencies made 42,327 requests for personal data in 2012, a drastic increase from the 34,001 requests in 2011.

The US comprised the most submissions for private information, with over 8,438 requests in the latter half of 2012, a large portion of which were made through subpoenas. Google granted 88 per cent of these requests, the lowest since the search giant began reporting the figures.

None of the other countries in the report even came close the US total, but India came in second, reporting a total of 2,431 in the latter half of 2012, followed by 1,693 from France.

The UK also saw a significant number of requests, 70 per cent of which were granted by the company in 2012.

Google said that it could not specify as to the details of the case, but they did say “the statistics primarily cover requests in criminal matters.”

“In some instances the same Gmail account may be specified in several different requests for user data,” wrote Google in the report. Google also noted the statistics where not a hundred percent accurate because the company can comply with a request sometime after it was lodged.

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Private data, not a ‘treasure trove’

UK-based rights group Privacy International said that the report showed that “Google, Facebook and Twitter are highly vulnerable to government intrusion.”

"The alarming statistics in this latest Transparency Report serve as a reminder of the need for stronger national and regional privacy protections in relation to online communications,”
said Carla Nyst, head of International Advocacy in a statement.

She went to say that the personal information held by Google “paints a detailed picture of who we are – from our political and religious views to our friendships, associations and locations.”

With this in mind, the government needs to stop treating Google and other similar companies as “treasure troves,” often bypassing judicial authority, concluded Nyst.

­

EU double standard?

In spite of the growing quantity of data requests from governments, the EU is moving to put in place more controls on the information Facebook and Google can share without users’ consent.

Last week a German MEP proposed modifications to the 1995 Data Protection Act that would restrict the personal data that Google and Facebook can sell without a user’s consent.

"Users must be informed about what happens with their data," said Jan Philipp Albrecht, a German Green Party MEP. "And they must be able to consciously agree to data processing  or reject it."

Google and Facebook have protested such modifications to EU legislation, claiming they will impede innovation and damage business in the region.

France to debate charging Google, other content providers for traffic

(AFP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt)

(AFP Photo / Rainier Ehrhardt)

Thousands of HD videos uploaded and downloaded daily, traffic streams are turning into data tsunamis. So French ministers are now to debate whether content providers should also pay for the ever-growing burden on internet networks.

­“What solutions do Internet providers have when faced with content providers who use their networks but don’t invest in them?” France's Digital Economy Minister Fleur Pellerin said Monday.

Times appear to be changing for internet content providers in France.

The previous week, France’s second-largest internet service provider Free began blocking web advertising for its customers. The company has been updating user software with an ad-blocking feature as a default setting.

Though such tools are widely accessible for internet users (Mozilla add-ons can build a similar firewall), the move sent panic across companies that base their business on web-advertising. If the practice becomes a general trend, it could spell the end for many companies that derive their revenue from ads.

Free has not given the exact reason it’s decided to block ads. But the company’s head, Xavier Niel, has often complained that Google’s content, and particularly YouTube video traffic, put his network’s capacity under constantly increasing pressure.

The pipelines between Google and us are full at certain hours, and no one wants to take responsibility for adding capacity. It’s a classic problem that happens everywhere, but especially with Google,” he told Nouvel Observateur magazine in 2012.

On Monday, however, the French government ordered Free to stop blocking online advertisements, saying the company had no right to edit the contents of its users.

An Internet service provider cannot unilaterally implement such blocking,” Pellerin said at a news conference after meeting the feuding parties. Advertising should not be treated differently from other kinds of Internet content, she added.

However, the issue of who should pay for growing traffic remains on the agenda, the minister said:  We need to ask serious questions about how Web companies can put some money into networks.”

Pellerin and Industry Minister Arnaud Montebourg are set to host a debate on the issue on January 15. The minister also said they would try to convince Google, which did not attend Monday’s meeting, to participate in the debate.

Global Internet traffic is expected to grow 32% per year till 2015, Network World counted in their 2012 report, which puts internet service providers under a constant need to improve their networks capacity, or bandwidth. The new traffic mostly comes from more videos streaming through web lanes and smartphones or tablets proliferation. But while the IP traffic grows exponentially, budgets for network equipment are growing at less than 10 per cent.

So for smaller companies, or those who like France’s Free offer extremely cheap service, constant technology update could be a strain. This has already made phone companies reassess their business models. Companies as France Telecom SA are charging some content companies extra for a fast lane on the Internet.

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All Hail Google

Target: Google


by William Anderson

[Posted on Tuesday, December 13, 2005] [To receive the Daily Article in your inbox, go to email services, and tell others too!]
It was only a decade ago that the Clinton Administration had decided that Microsoft was an Enemy of the People and tried (mostly unsuccessfully) to litigate the company into oblivion. While the principals in that set of lawsuits have gone on to other things, the "anti-monopoly" propaganda machines are turning their sights elsewhere. It seems that Google, the powerful and innovative Internet search engine, now enjoys the title of "Most Hated Company."

Now, if this were an article criticizing the 6.7 million "Hate Google" links that have sprung up (yes, you can use Google to find anti-Google sites ), it would be quite short. Those people who don't like Google can use Alta Vista, Yahoo, or some other search engine, and that should be the end of it. And if they wish to spend a good part of their day blasting Google on blogs or in emails, that is their business.

Google is no longer just a search engine of course. It offers premium email, instant messageing with voice, online books and media, maps and directions, web-use analytics, advertising programs, among a hundred other fast-changing, super-innovative ideas. For years now, it has been on the cutting edge, and the company shows no sign of slowing down. The competition seems constantly on the defensive. Many people believe that if the Windows OS is ever taken down a peg or two, it will be because of some Google innovation.

Its success is driven entirely by the consumer's evaluation of its quality. Google innovates but it is the market that renders the verdict.

When it comes to the law, however, I fear that we are not at the end, but rather the beginning, and the people at Google should be worried. If Microsoft's error was not being politically astute when the Clinton Administration took aim at the software company, then perhaps Google's big "mistake" is being aligned closely with the political party that happens to be out of power.

According to CNN, 98 percent of political contributions from Google employees went to candidates who were Democrats, and Google's search policies are decidedly left-wing. (For example, Google refused to run an advertisement for Candice E. Jackson's book Their Lives, which is critical of Bill Clinton's behavior toward women.)

In the libertarian view of things, Google has (and should have) the right to run those things they wish to run and extend its right of refusal to whatever it chooses. The politics of Google, its CEO, and its employees are irrelevant in the larger scheme of things and are private matters. However, politicians are not the sort of people to permit individuals to live and work as their conscience dictates, and I would not be surprised if the Bush Administration decides to use antitrust law (a term that in my view is an oxymoron) to punish the company.

Granted, the suit would have no legal or economic merit (although one can say that about any antitrust case), but searching 90-year-old grandmothers in wheelchairs who are trying to board planes has no merit, either, yet the government does it.

The vindictiveness against Google stems from the fact that people choose to use that particular search engine more than they do other searchers. Other people don't like the way that Google ranks websites, which means that a site that someone may think is the Most Important Website in the World is buried deep among the many other sites on the same subject.

But the biggest current complaint against Google is that it is just "too big." We hear things like "Google controls 80 percent of the market" for search engines, yet that statement is nonsense. Google does not "control" anything on the Internet. People have to choose to avail themselves of Google's services. No one is forced to use the Internet at all and, thus, can avoid Google altogether if that is their choice.

These things should be obvious to anyone, yet antitrust law is not based upon what is obvious. In fact, antitrust law does not even constitute good law, since the violations of the law, such as "restraint of trade" or "monopolizing a market" are not readily defined. "Recognizing" a "monopoly" depends upon how one chooses to delineate the term.[1] That fact alone should make one recognize the political nature of antitrust "enforcement."

The vagueness of antitrust law makes it easy for government to heap abuse upon those firms that are out of favor at any given time, as no real legal proof is needed for the courts to act against the alleged "monopolist." All that is needed is an allegation and a friendly judge, and prosecutors and the news media will perform the rest of the job.

As Dominick Armentano, one of the world's best experts on the subject of antitrust, writes:

There is much historical evidence (especially at the state level) to suggest that the laws were intended by business and agricultural interests to restrict and restrain efficient competition, much like tariffs and quotas still do in international trade.

But regardless of original intent, any objective study of antitrust cases would reveal that the laws have never been used to protect consumers from monopoly power. On the contrary, they have been used by government and private plaintiffs (90% of all antitrust cases are private) to attack and destroy successful companies while protecting their inefficient competitors.

He continues:

It's no accident that in all of the classic antitrust cases in business history, the indicted firms were expanding output, innovating rapidly, and lowering their prices. Antitrust has never been consumer friendly and the antitrust establishment's protestations to the contrary simply won't wash with the facts.

Thus, if antitrust cases brought on by the government are overtly political, then it would seem that Google could have problems. First, as I already have pointed out, Republicans — who hold both the White House and a majority of both houses in Congress — are not particularly fond of Google.

Second, despite the millions of dollars that the company's leaders and employees have raised for the Democrats, it is doubtful that many Democrats would be willing to stand up for a firm that is accused of being a "monopolist." After all, Bill Gates is rumored to be a Democrat and Microsoft is located in the Seattle area, which is a Democratic stronghold. Even though that was the case, no Democrat having real political influence was willing to speak out against the Clinton Administration's jihad against Microsoft and Gates.

Further evidence of Democratic cowardice in protecting business figures accused of wrongdoing was the lack of support by politicians for Martha Stewart. While Stewart has been a stalwart contributor to the Democrats, no one from that party stood up for her when the Bush Department of Justice tried and convicted her in federal court on very flimsy charges. (Hillary Clinton even sent back a $1,000 contribution that Stewart had sent her during her 2000 U.S. Senate campaign.)

On the Republican side, no one with influence has stood up for Kenneth Lay, who was indicted last year on charges of "securities fraud," despite the lack of real criminal evidence. Republicans might have sought Enron money when it was a hot company, but it seems that everyone headed for the exits when the firm financially unraveled.

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Yet, while Lay and Enron might be considered politically radioactive, one must remember that it was politics, not law that drove the indictments and prosecution of Lay and others with Enron. That is why I am concerned about Google. Should the government decide to go after Google for antitrust "violations," it will do so for purely political reasons.

At the same time, however, Google will find that any political capital it has tried to establish with the Democrats will come to naught, as no self-respecting Democrat is going to stand up for a "monopoly." (Remember that Enron also made large contributions to the Democratic Party during the years of the Clinton Administration, but when the company fell from grace, it suddenly was described as a "Republican" firm.)

Such is the world of antitrust law. Because the law can be applied only on a political basis, all government prosecutions of firms accused of violating antitrust statutes are political by definition. While I hope this is not the case, I do know that there exists almost no political downside for an administration that pursues civil and criminal cases against firms and business owners. Although the Bush Administration is unpopular with large segments of the population (mostly for the failure of war in Iraq), any action it takes against Google will win praise from all sides — and the Bushies could use some political popularity at the current time.


William Anderson, an adjunct scholar of the Mises Institute, teaches economics at Frostburg State University. Send him MAIL. See his Mises.org Articles Archive. Comment on the blog.

[1] Former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, in writing an opinion about an obscenity case, said that while he could not define obscenity, he would know it when he saw it. Things like "restraint of trade" and "monopolizing markets" are even more vague than obscenity in Potterland.


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