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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-09-02 11:35
Google has launched a big new charm offensive at ad agencies, and they are understandably suspicious -- like any fly would be looking at Google's dominant advertising web.
The New York Times has an excellent and humorous article on just how wary ad agencies are of Google -- "Googling in Person to Make Friends."
Let me use Google's new translation software to translate the 'Googlish' language used in this fun article into english.
""We understand that maybe we haven't been the best partner over the years" said Erin Clift, the director of agency relations at Google."
“We essentially take Google — our people, our products, our food, our tchotchkes — roll into the lobbies and give people the chance to interact with Google,” Ms. Clift said. The events are “a fantastic way to ingratiate ourselves,” she said.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-09-03 10:28
Most everyone has missed the net neutrality and broader competitive significance of Google launching it's own browser -- Chrome -- by myopicly viewing it only through the browser competition lens vis-a-vis Microsoft Explorer.
Goals and motives matter. Listen to how Google describes its goal with Chrome:
What that means is that Google's goal here is to effectively and increasingly replace the neutral browser bar with Google's search advertising bar over time.
What that also means is that rather than typing a URL into a neutral browser bar that neutrally takes the user directly to the site that the user requested... Google will increasingly default the user of the browser bar to a Google page of search results with Google ads and Google's favored content.
If you want honey, don't kick the beehive! -- Google to DOJ: We're going ahead with Yahoo regardlessSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-09-03 11:21
Google is so arrogant it isn't even aware it is being arrogant.
Per a San Francisco Chronicle article:
Let's put this Google behavior into a little context.
DOJ antirust prosecutors are currently involved in a serious antitrust investigation of the Google-Yahoo online advertising partnership for potential Sherman Act collusion/price-fixing illegality.
Bottom line: Normal companies, who respect the rule of law and law enforcement authorities, understand the old adage that "if you want honey, don't kick the beehive."
Let me leave you with this analogy:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-04 11:57
Google's dominance of the Internet's business model for monetizing content only grows.
As I read the article, I thought many involved in the FTC's investigation and subsequent 4-1 approval of the Google-DoubleClick merger must be getting awfully worried that they made a big mistake in not appropriately enforcing antitrust law last year when they had the opportunity.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-09-05 16:10
ABC columnist Michael S. Malone used some real tough words to describe Google: 'amoral" (twice), 'sinister' (twice), 'Big Brother' (thrice), -- in his column: "Is Google turning into Big Brother?"
It's a worthwhile read for Googlephiles because it highlights some impotant information Google would like to brush under the rug.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-09-08 13:26
Google, you have a problem. The verdict of your biggest customers is in -- and you've been found guilty of not pursuing your clients' best interests.
I have two big takeaways for you:
First Takeaway: Google clearly doesn't subscribe to the old adage -- the customer is always right. Google knows best and isn't afraid to tell most of its biggest customers they are wrong -- in public.
Rather than publicly respond to the anticipated ANA letter with respectful comments about how Google looks forward to better explaining how the ad pact will benefit Google's customers, Google essentially wagged their finger at their customers in public telling them they don't know what's best for themselves.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-09-09 09:15
Invited to speak at the ITIF forum on ITIF's white paper: "It's Time to End the Broadband Policy Wars" -- I so strongly disagreed with the framing bias of that white paper and the broadband policy debate in general that I decided I needed to counter it by writing my own white paper:
The abstract of my six page paper is below:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-09-10 15:18
Google is helping fund a satellite broadband access start-up to reach the 3 billion people in the world that are not economically near fiber access per an FT story.
Now that Google has invested millions to vouch for the viability of satellite broadband as a broadband access technology, it will be harder for Google's Poodles, like FreePress and Save the Internet, to argue that broadband is a duoopoly and that broadband competition is not possible.
This Google endorsement of satellite broadband technology is on top of Google's endorsement and investment in Clearwire's WiMax broadband wireless deployment, which is yet another Google validation point that wireless broadband can compete with cable modems and DSL.
Those that continue to argue that broadband is a monopoly or a duopoly simply are not in touch with marketplace reality.
The Irresponsibility of Google's 'Publicacy' Mission -- claims another innocent bystander -- United AirlinesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-11 16:44
Can you trust Google to responsibly exercise its power? Google's crusade to make all information accessible -- no matter what -- has indiscriminately mowed down another innocent bystander.
This latest UAL incident highlights a clear pattern of Google's 'publicacy' philosophy that any information Google can find, copy or photograph -- it should put immediately into the public domain whether it is accurate information, private unauthorized information, or information owned/copyrighted by others.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-11 18:48
Only 14 short days until Google-Yahoo's September 25th deadline for DOJ to complete its review of their proposed advertising partnership...
Under section 16 of the redacted Google-Yahoo agreement submitted to the SEC, the companies gave the DOJ 105 days from June 12th -- that's September 25, 2008, to complete their antitrust review (Google-Yahoo can extend that review deadline if they choose to).
Past experience suggests Google won't back down easily if Justice challenges the agreement, given that Google routinely snubs its nose at U.S. governmental authority: