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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-06-02 15:30
Does Google warrant the current exceptional leap-of-faith in the integrity of its dominant ad auction model, given its near total lack of openness, transparency, independent auditability, or third party oversight? There is a growing body of evidence that Google does not.
Why a lack of openness sullies the integrity of Google's ad auctions.
First, it is widely accepted that public markets operate best when open and transparent.
Google's ad auction model has become one of the world's most important public markets. Google is increasingly becoming the world's primary public information broker. Google brokers:
Google is also not open or transparent.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-06-03 12:49
A Bloomberg article highlights yet another Google double standard.
The Google double standard is that Google takes down content objectional to other countries but refuses to largely comply with the legitimate bipartisan request of the Senate Homeland Security Committee to take down terrorist branded content designed to incite violence against Americans and others around the world.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-06-03 18:41
Here is the link to Chip Griffin's 28 minute interview of me on "Conversations with Chip Griffin," an in-depth conversation about many of the reasons why I believe Google is becoming such a big problem and why I personally spend so much time focused on Google.
I believe you will find it an informative, interesting, and entertaining interview covering all things Google, the online economy, net neutrality etc.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-06-04 19:19
The free market Internet works. Both Time Warner Cable and Comcast are logically and naturally experimenting with free market solutions to address increasing network congestion problems that threaten quality of service, because of extremely high and disproportionate bandwidth usage by a small slice of the broadband population.
Free market experimentation is the best, fastest and most efficient finder of solutions to complex difficult problems.
Free market competition produces a diversity of choices for consumers, which is essential because consumers have a diversity of wants, needs and means. A free market naturally provides a diversity of supply offerings to meet the diversity of consumer demands.
Unleashed: Transcript of Griffin/Cleland talk on Google, net neutrality, monopolies, click fraud, privacySubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-06-05 19:05
For those who like the written format, here is the link to the transcript of Chip Griffin's interview of me on all things Google.
This interview turned out to be one of the most comprehensive and in-depth discussions I have had on all things Google -- that's been captured for web listening or reading.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-06-06 18:18
Given that Google CEO Eric Schmidt is delivering a major speech at the Economic Club of Washington Monday June 9th lunch, given that Google's business model is all about delivering "relevancy" to users, and given that Google's public policy mantra is "openness," I have assembled some suggested Washington-relevant questions for reporters and others to ask Dr. Schmidt at and after this open forum.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-06-09 19:23
I wanted to follow up and build upon my post of last week: "The logic of Internet Pricing Diversity and the Fantasy of free limitless bandwidth."
I believe U.S. Internet access consumers have come to understand at least two truths:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-06-10 10:15
I couldn't help to notice yesterday that Google CEO Schmidt didn't take any questions from reporters who were in attendance or meet with the reporter pool afterwards, which is customary for speaking venues like Dr. Schmidt's speech Monday at the Economic Club of Washington.
What's Google got to hide in Washington?
Bottom line: It appears the only kind of "free press" that Google embraces is its advocacy group ally that calls itself FreePress, which is the operation which de facto runs point for Google's net neutrality public policy agenda in Washington.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-06-11 16:37
More evidence comes to the light that the "neutral-ier-than-thou" Google does not in fact act 'neutrally' on the net itself. Reportedly Google has blocked eBay's PayPal offering from Google's app engine, according to both Techcrunch's Michael Arrington and ZDNet's Garrett Rogers.
It will be most interesting to see if Google's poodles in the public interest community (i.e. Public Knowlege, Free-Press, Moveon.org, etc.) will jump up and down and scream crisis that a dominant Internet access point, (Google's search engine with ~80% revenue share), is acting anti-competitively and violating the FCC's net neutrality principles, which in fact apply to Google (Check out the actual text in Principle #4).
It would also be interesting to see how Google's poodles spin that this Google content blocking is any different from the instances that they have claimed... threaten... the very future of... the Internet!!!! DUNDUNDUN....DONNNNE!
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-06-11 19:04
Google co-founder Sergey Brin has booked a flight as a space tourist on Russia's Soyuz space shot according to the New York Times today.
Previously, it was widely reported that Google is working on an inter-gallactic Internet.