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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-02 13:21
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-02 09:51
Kudos to Gordon Crovitz' WSJ column that highlighted the wisdom of Larry Downes, author of "The Laws of Disruption" who cut to the crux of the net neutrality debate in asking the simple pointed question: which is the bigger threat to the Internet -- the FCC or companies? His answer: the FCC.
eBay: "there will be only one winner in online payments;" FCC's Open Internet regs are catnip for netopoliesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2009-11-03 13:30
Like Google, eBay knows that "openness" is industrial-policy-speak for:
The netopolists must be giddy at how they now have the full power of the FCC focused on permanently locking in their market dominance going forward.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-11-04 17:40
After discussing whether Google should buy the New York Times, Google decided against it because it "would damage its 'neutral' identity", per Ken Auletta's just-published book "Googled: The End of The World as We know It."
Is Google Neutral?
First, by the standards of Google's own co-founders, Google's search advertising model is not neutral.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2009-11-05 14:05
1. Why has Google been so hostile to protecting brand trademarks that companies have had to resort to suing Google to get any satisfactory brand respect?
2. Why is Google's Chrome browser so hostile to brand-marketing?
3. Why is Google's AdWords "Quality Score" policy so hostile to online brand marketing?
4. Why does Google publicly deny that it works for advertisers... which generate 97% of Google's revenues? Is Google somehow not proud of advertising or their advertisers?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2009-11-06 17:16
Not being one to accept Google's legendary PR spin without a grain of skepticism, lets review the real significance of Google's new "Privacy Dashboard."
First, to be fair to Google, the privacy dashboard is indeed an incremental improvement over what Google users had before, because it aggregates what was in 21 different places before, into a single more convenient "dashboard."
Second, this "dashboard" was exceptionally easy for Google to produce. All it basically does is insert a new front-end web navigation page -- to more easily find other existing Google webpages -- much like any website home page offers navigation to pages behind it.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-09 12:03
To see "smoking gun" proof that "net neutrality" is a made-up issue and argument, read the short but telling excerpt below from George Lakoff's Book: "Thinking Points" published October 3, 2006, when the only net neutrality incident at that time was the FCC's Consent Decree with rural telco, Madison River Communications in February 2005.
From Thinking Points, Chapter 8, The Art of Arguments:
"Thus, the argument for Net neutrality becomes an argument for government regulation in this form by the FCC.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2009-11-09 19:02
Google's acquisition of AdMob, "the world's largest mobile advertising marketplace," will receive serious antitrust scrutiny focused on whether the deal lessens competition by extending search advertising monopoly to mobile devices.
First, Google is misleading with its blanket statement: "We don't see any regulatory concerns with this deal."
Google's Search Engine Discriminates in Favor of New York Times -- per Ken Auletta, "Googled" authorSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-11-11 12:56
Mr. Auletta explains what he learned about Google's secret search algorithm. It favors sites/results based on "wisdom of the crowds" (i.e. most traffic or links), but it also favors authoritative sites like the New York Times, because Google grants them extra ratings points that elevate them in Google's search results.
This information that Google proactively and specifically discriminates in favor of certain content over other content is a big deal for several reasons.
First, Google has long represented that it is a neutral algorithm where Internet users determine what ranks highest in searches, or in other words what content gets found and read and what doesn't.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2009-11-11 15:16
Google and eBay are planning to operate non-neutral broadband ISPs, Google at 47 airports, and eBay on airplanes, that will discriminate against some content for the benefit of their preferred content -- per a story on CNNMoney.com.
This puts the FCC in a pickle concerning its proposed open Internet regulations.
The open question is will the FCC be fair and technologically neutral in preserving the open Internet?