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Skype Video Now on Facebook
Posted on 7 Jul 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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: ... Read More

Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades
Posted on 15 Nov 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued its second annual privacy report card with lower grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties." Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our... Read More

Google Co-Founder Gives $500,000 to Wikimedia Foundation
Posted on 21 Nov 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Germany May Restrict Use of Facebook
Posted on 31 Aug 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Microsoft Purchases Skype - Facebook and Google Unlucky Suitors
Posted on 10 May 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Google Offers New Service Analyzing 500 Billion Words
Posted on 28 Dec 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Tags: eCommerce , Google

Google Woes in the EU
Posted on 22 Mar 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

Google Woes in the EU Include Conviction for Executives Over Video Posting The recent conviction of 3 Google executives in Italy for a video posted on Google which showed the bullying of a disable teenager captured many headlines. No question that... Read More

How to Improve Search Results on Google
Posted on 28 Nov 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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 "... Read More

Google Update: Wi-Fi snooping earns it a class-action lawsuit
Posted on 24 May 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Tags: eCommerce , Google

Standoff Ends - Google to Testify Before Senate Panel in September
Posted on 11 Jul 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

Google faces antitrust allegations by the Federal Trade Commission (FTC), the European Union (EU), and in Texas that Google's search engine favors its own services in search results and charges rivals higher ad rates. So when asked to testify... Read More

Google Street View Cars Collect WiFi Network Data
Posted on 20 May 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

To the surprise of many Google confirmed that since 2006 its Street View Cars captured WiFi network information in addition to Street View Photos. Google uses this WiFi network information to improve location-based services like search and maps. Specifically... Read More

Google Agrees to 20 Years Privacy Policy Oversight by FTC
Posted on 31 Mar 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

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... Read More

Tags: Buzz , eCommerce , FTC , Google

Google Increases Its Internet Law Business
Posted on 19 Aug 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

In 2009 Google started offering l egal research and eDiscovery services ( Postini), and now Google announced that it invested $18.5 million in RocketLawyer.com which bills itself as the "fastest growing online legal service." Forbes reported... Read More

Google to Post the Dead Sea Scrolls - Copyright Infringement Claims Unlikely
Posted on 21 Oct 2010 by Peter S. Vogel

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 ... Read More

Facebook Confesses Failure to Comply with Privacy Laws
Posted on 1 Dec 2011 by Peter S. Vogel

After the US government filed charges that Facebook violated US privacy law, Facebook finally confessed that it failed to protect the privacy of its 800 million active users. The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) welcomes the public to submit comments... Read More

  • Blog Post: Google Woes in the EU

    Google Woes in the EU Include Conviction for Executives Over Video Posting The recent conviction of 3 Google executives in Italy for a video posted on Google which showed the bullying of a disable teenager captured many headlines. No question that the video was in poor taste and Google took the...
  • Blog Post: Web 2.0 Update - Facebook Surpasses Google

    Hitwise reports that Facebook became the most visited website in the US for the first time. Kind of takes your breath away that a social media site is getting more traffic than the largest search engine in the US. Since Facebook just went over 400 million users this was probably inevitable, but since...
  • Blog Post: Complaint Filed with the FTC Regarding "advertisers' use of digital data"

    A report that a number of privacy groups filed a complaint with the FTC to investigate includes this quote "Internet ad exchanges... are basically markets for eyeballs on the Web. Advertisers bid against each other in real-time for the ability to direct a message at a single Web surfer. The...
  • Blog Post: f8 - Facebook's Play to Take Over the Entire Internet

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerman recently announced significant changes to Facebook expanding 100's of websites with "open graph" and "like" which may revolutionize the Internet . At the annual f8 Facebook outside developers' conference on April 21, 2010 Zuckerman demonstrated...
  • Blog Post: Search Engine Update: Google grabs 71% of U.S. searches, Bing slips

    No surprise that Google's search engine continues to grow at the expense of Yahoo! and Microsoft's Bing. Hitwise now reports April 2010: Google at 71.4%, Yahoo! down 1% to to 14.96%, Bing down 2% to 9.43%, Ask down 37% to 2.18%, and the remaining 78 search engines accounted for 2.03%. As these...
  • Blog Post: Google Street View Cars Collect WiFi Network Data

    To the surprise of many Google confirmed that since 2006 its Street View Cars captured WiFi network information in addition to Street View Photos. Google uses this WiFi network information to improve location-based services like search and maps. Specifically Google confessed that the WiFi information...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Messages on Facebook & MySpace are Protected Information

    A Judge ruled that Facebook wall postings and MySpace comments may not be subpoenaed based on the 1986 Stored Communications Act which is the same statute before the US Supreme Court in Quon v. Arch Wireless . US District Judge Margaret Morrow's May 26, 2010 37 page Order in Buckley H. Crispin...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: PRIVACY: Should the FBI Get Records about Your Internet Activity Without a Subpoena

    A recent report that the White House wants the FBI to have access to an individual's Internet activity may help with investigation of terrorism or intelligence, but what about our expectation of privacy? Notwithstanding all of Mark Zuckerberg's recent comments about privacy, last winter Zuckerberg...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Privacy Update - Frankly Most Social Media Users Don't Care

    Facebook now offers users the ability to download all of their content in a simple zip file format, but this doesn't solve privacy concerns. Sure it's nice to be able to download all the content, but in the meantime Facebook still stores lots of valuable information about users. Let's...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: Obama Gets Mediocre Privacy Grades

    The Electronic Privacy Information Center (EPIC) issued its second annual privacy report card with lower grades of "C for consumer data protection efforts and a D on civil liberties." Mark Rotenberg, executive director of EPIC said "Our bottom-line assessment is that with respect to...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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...
  • Blog Post: 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 ...
  • Blog Post: 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...