Google Update: Wi-Fi snooping earns it a class-action lawsuit

Google Update: Wi-Fi snooping earns it a class-action lawsuit As a follow-up to my recent blog about Google's Street View Cars captured WiFi network information it is no surprise that many people are mad, but for folks who do not have secure WiFi networks....what should they expect? Stay tuned...

Mashable Media Summit 2010 - News and Politics

On June 8th I attended Mashable and CNN's conference about the intersection of digital media, news, and entertainment. Among other notable presentations was CNN's medical correspondent Dr. Sanjay Guptap's (renowned neurosurgeon) interview of Mashable's founder Pete Cashmore and CNN...

Google & YouTube Not Liable For Copyright Infringement

Viacom lost its $1 billion lawsuit against Google and YouTube for alleged copyright infringement when a judge granted summary judgment. YouTube's defense was that it used the "safe harbor" protection of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) where YouTube would remove allegedly...

Google Plans to Take Over Airline Travel

Google plans to buy ITA Software who provides airline travel utilities to American, Continental, Hotwire, Kayak, Orbitz, Microsoft's Bing, among other companies. Of course this purchase for $700 million will require federal scrutiny given the antitrust implications, but as my friend Erika Morphy...

IRS Scored Better Customer Satisfaction than Facebook!

A new report shows that customers are not that happy with Facebook and MySpace also showed that social media was ranked lower than property & casualty insurance. Also not a surprise that airlines were lower in customer satisfaction than social media. The 2010 American Customer Satisfaction Index...

Do We Share Too Much Information?

Google CEO Eric Schmidt "fears that too much information is shared online, and predicts that people will one day change their name and reinvent themselves in order to escape their digital past." Not a very surprising observation given the explosive growth of Social Media, and proliferation...

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook

A proposed law in Germany will restrict employers from using Facebook, and other truly social Social Media sites, when recruiting. However the law would allow employers to search business Social Media sites such as LinkedIn. Since there are no current guidelines in Germany about employer's use...

Texas Attorney General Reviewing Google Search Engine

A number of allegations that Google manipulates search engine results has led to an investigation of possible antitrust violations. Google has now responded about its search engine fairness about why some websites get higher rankings than others: "The important thing to remember is that we built...

Google Wants to Search Before You Even Ask

Allowing Google to access your cell GPS will permit Google to make suggestions about things to do or restaurants to try wherever you happen to be. Although Google's CEO Eric Schmidt recently said these autonomous search features were on the horizon, we're pretty close to that point already...

Google to Post the Dead Sea Scrolls - Copyright Infringement Claims Unlikely

Google will not be accused of copyright infringement by posting the Dead Sea Scrolls unlike the current litigation about Google's Books Library Project where Google is scanning millions of books to be freely available. Although the litigation continues, settlement looms on the horizon but the...

Google Settles French Ad Dispute

Google settled a dispute about rejecting ads with the French Competition Authority including a 3 month notification period for the future when rejecting ads. Navx bought ads from Google to help drivers avoid speeding tickets by providing "online maps pinpointing the location of radar and camera...

Facebook Now Accounts for 25% of All U.S. Pageviews

Hitwise recently reported that 1 in every 4 pageviews in the US is on Facebook , and also incredible is Facebook's claim that people spend over 700 billion minutes per month on Facebook. Astonishing growth made even more amazing by realizing that the second place, and far behind Facebook, is YouTube...

Google Offers New Service Analyzing 500 Billion Words

After digitizing 5.2 million books Google now offers new tools that permit a fascinating view of language, culture, and evolution of thought unlike anything known before. Now anyone can analyze " 500 billion words contained in books published between 1500 and 2008 in English, French, Spanish...

Facebook is the most popular site on the Internet!

All indicators were headed to this new headline that as 2010 ends Facebook overtook Google as the most popular Internet site . Experian Hitwise reported that "8.9 percent of unique online visits were to Facebook this year, compared with Google's 7.2 percent," and ComScore estimates ...

Google Gets Injunction Stopping Microsoft's eMail Service

The Department of Interior (DOI) was enjoined from awarding Microsoft a contract to provide a Cloud email service following Google's bid protest. US Judge Susan Braden issued a temporary injunction because the DOI failed to comply with federal procurement laws. Google and Microsoft both offer...

Google Agrees to 20 Years Privacy Policy Oversight by FTC

Not only was Google's roll out of Buzz in 2010 badly received by the user community, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) filed a Complaint for Google's violation of its own Privacy Policies: ...Google launched its Buzz social network through its Gmail web-based email product. Although...

Google Reports Increased Revenue- But Legal Issue Abound

Q1 revenue increased $8.6 Billion which is 27% higher than a year earlier, however there are a number of critical legal issues facing Google which I included in my recent eCommerce Times column. Those legal challenges include the recent rejection of the long-running Google book settlement by US Circuit...

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors

VOIP is likely headed in a new direction now that Microsoft agreed to pay $8.5 billion for Skype . It was reported that Facebook and Google's offers were in the $3 to 4 billion range , while at the same time Skype was still considering an IPO later this year. As a result of this purchase, Microsoft...

Apple - Most Valuable Brand in the World, But Loses its Retail Guru to J.C. Penny

Google was the most valuable brand name in the world for 4 years, and now Apple has finally surpassed Google as the most valuable brand . Rounding out the top 10 are very familar names: 1. Apple 2. Google 3. IBM 4. McDonald's 5. Microsoft 6. Coca-Cola 7. AT&T 8. Marlboro...

Skype Video Now on Facebook

Microsoft recently paid $8.5 billion for Skype and even though Facebook and Google lost in the bidding wars offering a measly $3-4 billion, nonetheless now Facebook announces that Skype will be available for video calling! Mark Zuckerberg said: Users will be able to click a button in Facebook...

Google: Legal Issues Abound and What about Google+?

Google's newest Social Media adventure Google+ is getting rave reviews with millions of users yet not launched to the public. Keep in mind that the Federal Trade Commission's (FTC) 20 year oversight of Google's privacy policy because of Google's disastrous Buzz - the 2010 failed...

Google Buys Zagat - New Source of Data and Spread for Social Media!

Google paid an estimated $100-200 million to expand its reach by purchasing Zagat Survey that potentially increases Google's Social Media power. Pew Research recently report that 92% of adults on the Internet use search engines every day , so couple that information with Google's "estimates...

Protect Your Business - Update your Terms of Service (TOS) & Click Agreements

All Social Media and Internet businesses rely on TOS and Click Agreements to protect their legal rights, but few businesses take the time to make sure that the TOS and Click Agreements actually protect their business operations. I welcome you to read my eCommerce Times column entitled "Your...

Google Co-Founder Gives $500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation

Since the Wikimedia Foundation (home of Wikipedia) is a not-for-profit , it survives by annual fundraisers. Google co-founder Sergey Brin and his wife Anne Wojcicki (23andMe co-founder) used their Brin Wojcicki Foundation to grant $500,000 to the Wikimedia Foundation. The Wikimedia Foundation kicked...

How to Improve Search Results on Google

Pew Research recently reported that 92% of adults use search engines daily and ComScore recently reported that 65.6% of all US searches are conducted on Google . So I thought I would pass along Hack College's recommendations about how to " Get More Out of Google ." Here are some search...