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Google is not warning its users of its role in one of largest cyber-security breaches ever on the NetSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-04-01 19:03
USA Today broke a much under-appreciated and potentially blockbuster Internet security breach story: "Google searchers could end up with a new type of bug." Kudos to Byron Acohido and Jon Swartz, who reported it in USA Today, and also blogged on it at ZeroDayThreat.com, a site for their book "Zero Day Threat" which defines a Zero day Threat as "a threat so new that no viable protections against it exists."
Why this is a big deal:
Hackers exploiting Google's "open" platform to endanger users' privacy/security with new Goolag toolSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-02-28 12:52
In crusading for an "open Internet" Google is irresponsibly silent on how Google's bias for "open" innovation over user security and privacy makes tens of millions of Americans much more open and vulnerable to hackers seeking to steal their identities or to fraudsters and predators seeking to do them harm.
PC World and AP are reporting on a scary new "open source" hacker tool called Goolag produced by Cult of the Dead Cow, that exploits and leverages Google's search engine platform to make cyber-crime super-efficient.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-01-18 18:33
The big question for investors is why?
Google's Regulatory Outlook:
Federal Trade Commission:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-01-16 17:55
Tim Wu is losing credibility fast.
Mr. Wu please calm down. Put away any sharp objects and please listen to some reason.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-01-04 10:59
NBC11.com of San Jose posted an interesting reminder about Google's unique, highly suspect, and special deal with NASA, in which Google's founders get special parking privileges for their 767 "party plane" at NASA's Moffet Field, which is conveniently located just seven miles from Google's Silicon Valley headquarters.
Where is NASA's Inspector General on this?
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-19 16:43
Just when I have thought I have heard it all about Google thinking that the normal rules of ethical behavior simply don't apply to Google -- they come up with another of their heralded "innovations without permission" that just leaves me shaking my head in disbelief.
ParisLemon.com has a great post: "Goog-411 is the Ultimate in Ulterior Motives: its really about getting voice samples from you."
Aren't we all familiar with the phone disclosure recording when we call a company that informs us that "this phone call is being recorded for training or quality assurance purposes"?
It only confirms a Google trait that I have driven home before that Google has no adult supervision or internal controls to speak of.
Weekly Standard: "Google and its Enemies" -- a great article on Google's Kleptomania in Digital BooksSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2007-12-05 10:58
The Weekly Standard's cover story this week is "Google and its enemies -- the much hyped project to digitize 32 million books sounds good. why are so many people taking shots at it?"
The article explains that Google is currently undertaking the most ambitious book copying project in human history, looking to scan 32 million books over ten years at an estimated cost of $800m.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2007-12-04 10:46
One World Trust "conducts research on practical ways to make global organisations more responsive to the people they affect, and on how the rule of law can be applied equally to all. It educates political leaders and opinion-formers about the findings of its research."
It is good to get additional third party confirmation of many of the themes I have been blogging about for over a year and a half on Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-11-12 13:37
I thought you might enjoy the latest evidence that Googlers think of themselves as special, better than the rest of us, a form of American nobility, the elite of the elite.
From the recent Newsweek article: "Google goes globe-trotting":
This Newsweek article preceded the precious front page New York Times story of today: "Google Options Make Masseusse a Multi-Millionaire."
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2007-11-05 10:59
Tim Wu, the "father of net neutrality" because he made up the term a few years back, was surprisingly candid in a CNET article that: "the whole net neutrality issue is really about a power struggle."
I also found another candid quote by the Moveon.org/FreePress folks that also tells us what they are up to: