Posts tagged GOOG

Some of Silicon Valley’s biggest names, like Apple’s Steve Jobs and Google’s Eric Schmidt, were directly involved in a wage-fixing agreement between their companies. That’s according to analysis of confidential internal Google and Apple memos reviewed and published by the news site PandoDaily. They found that it wasn’t just Google and Apple who were guilty, but dozens of other tech companies were also involved, affecting the salaries of more than a million employees.

Only 18 Motorola Patents Found Valuable to Google

That’s all is needed for the Android / iPhone fight…they think.

But these can’t cover the breadth of available information that web searchers need. I don’t know what will, or when, but it’s desperately needed.

You mean like cholera will continue to spread in Haiti? The House Majority will double the size of k-12 classrooms through nefarious cuts to education spending? Better Google searches will bring us Medicare Part E?

I’m being snarky / sarcastic here, but if I’m missing something, if the mucking up of web searches is something more dire than a First World Deprivation, do tell me.

The European Union has slowly started turning the antitrust crank against Google, announcing that it’s launching an investigation into the company for unfair business practices. Microsoft famously went through the EU wringer earlier this decade, and ended up paying more than a billion dollars in fines. It was also forced to reveal more information about technical protocols used by Windows and other products, and to offer an alternate version of Windows without the Windows Media Player, which nobody bought.

A Microsoft manager who worked on the digital media team during this period explained what Google should expect. (He asked to be quoted anonymously, as all official comments about legal cases are supposed to come from Microsoft’s lawyers or public relations groups.)

Tell the FCC: Don't let corporations write their own rules

Net neutrality is one of the bedrock principles of the Internet. It means that Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must treat all websites equally. They cannot make it easier load some websites, and more difficult to load others. It’s what ensures that your ISP can’t privilege the website of Fox News over Daily Kos.

But net neutrality is not the law of the land, so ISPs can abandon it at any time. In fact, Google and Verizon have proposed that net neutrality be abandoned for the mobile web. And they have proposed other violations of net neutrality that would end the Internet as we know it. We cannot allow this to happen.

Nothing good is likely to make its way through Congress anytime soon, so Daily Kos is joining with CREDO to urge Julius Genachowski, the Chair of the Federal Communications Commission (FCC), to take action.

Tell Chairman Genachowski to act—don’t let corporations write their own rules.

Yesterday was the one-year anniversary of Chairman Genachowski’s first major speech as head of the FCC, in which he committed to protecting net neutrality. However, despite having the votes on the FCC to pass strong net neutrality rules, Genachowski has avoided taking the necessary action to do so. There’s no good excuse for his dithering.

The regulatory vacuum his inaction has created set the stage for the Google and Verizon proposal, in which they are attempting to write the rules that would govern their behavior. To see what happens when large corporations write their own rules, we just need look at Wall Street, or the Gulf of Mexico. We can’t let that to happen to the Internet, too. We must push Chairman Genachowski to act before it’s too late.

Verizon & ATT are not likely to get my business in the future

I won’t feed corporations that want to restrict what I legally have access to on the internet.

But Google is guilty of once again acting like just another company with short-term interests to protect. This should not surprise us. Google’s modus operandi is to step into a vacuum that used to be the function of the state. Think about Google Books as a cheap replacement for libraries, which should be connecting people to all that learning. Or consider the clumsy pseudo-diplomatic role Google played earlier this year in its showdown with China.

We should have stopped believing the “don’t be evil” hype some years ago. Google has long asked to be treated as something special. But it’s special in only one way: its capacity for audacity.

Tell Google: Don't be evil.

Google’s motto is “Don’t be evil,” but Google is about to cut a deal with Verizon that would end the Internet as we know it.

According to a front-page New York Times story, the deal would allow “Verizon to speed some online content to Internet users more quickly if the content’s creators are willing to pay for the privilege.”

It would create fast Internet lanes for the largest corporations and slow lanes for the rest of us.

That is why CREDO is joining MoveOn, Free Press, and Color of Change in rallying Google users to tell Google, “Don’t be evil.”

Speak up for a free and open Internet by clicking here to sign the petition to Google. With massive amounts of public pressure, we can stop this deal.

Google is furiously backpeddling on its closed door negotiations with Verizon over the future of the Internet — a direct result of a strong and immediate public backlash. The company has denied some details from the New York Times story, but won’t say definitively that it is not striking a deal with Verizon that will stop the FCC from imposing net neutrality rules.

From the beginning, the Internet has been a level playing field that allows everyone to connect to one another and to the world of content available online — whether it’s Daily Kos or FOX News.

This deal would change all of that by allowing Google and Verizon to pick what websites you can see over others. It would undermine the open Internet upon which hundreds of millions of people rely.

Our Internet connection should be free of corporate gatekeepers — there’s only one Internet, and it shouldn’t matter who your provider is or whether you’re logging on from home or your cell phone.

Founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin created Google to make information freely available to everyone online. But this deal is a complete reversal that abandons their core principles. It’s evil and Google must walk away from it.