Google Update: Wi-Fi snooping earns it a class-action lawsuit
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...
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...
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
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...
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
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
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...
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...
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 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 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
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...
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...
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
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...
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
launched its Buzz social network through its Gmail web-based email product.
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
Times column. Those legal challenges include the recent rejection of
the long-running Google book settlement by US Circuit...
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...
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:
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:
will be able to click a button in Facebook...
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
because of Google's disastrous Buzz - the 2010 failed...
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...
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...
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...
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...