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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-03-02 11:53
Will the FTC strictly enforce antitrust laws in its review of Google's AdMob acquisition? Google-Admob is a watershed decision for the FTC given that:
A recent New York Post article: "FTC inclined to approve Google's acquisition of AdMob" states the deal "may just squeak by federal regulators."
Did Google Over-React to China Cybersecurity Breach? -- "Security is Google's Achilles Heel" Part VIISubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-03-03 12:18
It appears Google impetuously over-reacted to the big cyber-security breach of Google and a reported ~30 other companies. Google alone publicly blamed China and only Google publicly pledged to stop censoring search results in China in retaliation.
What is the evidence that Google impetuously over-reacted here?
First, Forbes reported: "Researchers Call Google Hackers 'Amateurs' -- A new report says the attack on the search giants network was far less sophisticated than it has claimed." Specifically:
People incorrectly assume that because of Google's popularity, brand and reputation for innovation, that Google is secure and cutting edge on cyber-security -- when in reality they are not.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-03-03 21:54
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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-03-04 14:49
The study debunks the views of some that government, regulation and regulators are somehow a font of innovation.
After reviewing the relevant literature and evidence on the subject, Dr. Darby concluded that:
At core, the new notion floated by some that more FCC regulation would encourage innovation is nonsensical and unsupported by any literature or evidence.
The big takeaway here is that new "Mother may I" regulations, which effectively require some market participants to get FCC approval for their innovations, in order to protect or advantage others' innovations, is not innovation policy. It is old-fashioned industrial policy where government picks market winners and losers. This is a policy approach long proven to grossly underperform market-based policies.
Title II reclassification: FCC can't redefine competition as monopoly without being arbitrary/capriciousSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2010-03-04 16:38
The discussion at the Federalist Society about former U.S. Solicitor General Greg Garre's excellent legal analysis (that the FCC does not have the legal authority to promulgate Internet traffic rules), surfaced what I believe to be yet another insurmountable barrier for the FCC to overcome -- beyond the litany of legal barriers outlined by Mr. Garre.
Let me explain.
Public Knowledge's Gigi Sohn laid out the counter argument to Mr. Garre's analysis that the FCC could reclassify broadband as Title II by simply revisiting the basis for the FCC's 2002 decision and overturning it as wrong on three counts:
Ms. Sohn added this about what the FCC could do: "They just have to give a reasoned explanation. They don't actually have to show that the new decision was better than the old decision." -- per Washington Internet Daily.
FCC's non-technology-neutral proposals perversely promote discrimination -- per Phoenix Center reportSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2010-03-05 12:41
"Google does not reap the benefits of significant network effects" -- Google Antitrust Pinocchio Part VSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-03-08 09:41
"Google does not reap the benefits of significant network effects because its search algorithms are centered on the analysis of links, and operate essentially the same way whether one person or six billion are using it." -- said Randall Stross in his Digital Domain column today in the New York Times.
Given that Mr. Stross' article is trying to make the case that Facebook has lots of network effects and "Google does not reap the benefits of significant network effects," it appears that Google is trying to spin a new antitrust defense tall tale that Google faces lots of competition from the likes of Facebook... to create some "reasonable doubt" for upcoming antitrust jury trials that Google is not a monopoly.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2010-03-08 12:43
New research from Piper Jaffray suggests that Google actually may have increased its censorship by ~30% in China since Google grand-standed on the world stage in January pledging that it would no longer censor search results on China.cn.
Per Business Week's Blog, Piper Jaffrey' analyst Gene Munster:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2010-03-09 17:15
Today's New York Times front page story "Google's computing power betters translation tool" by Miguel Helft spotlights that Google arguably owns and operates "the world's largest computer." The article quotes a Google engineering VP explaining that Google's unparalleled computing power enables Google to "take approaches others can't even dream of."
Combine the world's largest computer, with the best automated translation capability for most all of the world's top languages, with reports from the front page of the Washington Post that Google proactively sought help from America's top spy agency, the NSA, for its cyber-security vulnerabilities, and it is not surprising that foreigners would be growing increasingly wary of Google and the extraordinary potential power that Google holds over them.
So what do foreigners increasingly see Google doing?
First, they increasingly see "The United States of Google," a term Jeff Jarvis coined in his book on Google. Shortly after Google publicly accused the Chinese Government of being behind or complicit in the cyber-attacks on Google:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2010-03-10 11:03
Thanks to John Simpson's post at the ConsumerWatchdog.org, which flagged this succinct and illuminating 2 min 46 sec video "produced by Hungry Beast, a weekly news show on Australian television puts Internet giant Google's huge ambitions and gargantuan reach into dramatic perspective."
It is one of the best and most accessible pieces I have seen for the average person to get a better perspective on all things Google.