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4/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
The CEO of Europe's largest newspaper publishing company is charging that Google is seeking to build a "digital superstate" free from the constraints of antitrust regulators and privacy concerns. In an open letter to the Internet giant's Chairman Eric Schmidt, the CEO of Alex Springer writes, "We are afraid of Google. I...
Video
4/15/2014
Posted by Consumer Watchdog Admin
"Simply put, Google Glass is a stalker's dream come true," Consumer Watchdog's report concluded after demonstrating how Glass could easily be used to record PIN information from an ATM card.  Consumer Watchdog has a point or two. Because the virtual display takes up about 15 percent of the visual field, a half-dozen states...
Blog Post
4/11/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
From time to time it's instructive to look at an online company's Terms of Service (TOS) so you understand what you're agreeing to when you use it.  A look at Google's TOS is particularly timely because the Internet giant's legal beagles have revised it and the  new one takes effect on Monday. Here's what they...
Blog Post
4/9/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Perhaps you've heard of Google's latest outrageous gambit. The Internet giant is fighting to trademark the word "Glass."   Google Glass is the company's wearable and privacy-invasive computing device.  It's in beta mode, being tested by so-called explorers, who forked over $1,500 to become Glassholes. ...
News Story
3/31/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) is considering a bill pay feature for Google Now, the company’s digital personal assistant. A framework for the potential feature was uncovered in lines of code that appeared in a recent software update (version 3.3) to Google’s main Search app for Android devices, uncovered by tech blog AndroidPolice....
News Release
3/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – A proposed settlement in Europe’s antitrust investigation of Google that establishes a monitor for five years to ensure that the Internet giant keeps its promises under the deal, does not actually obligate Google to do anything in response to a request from the “Monitoring Trustee,” Consumer Watchdog...
News Story
3/19/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
LOS ANGELES — The cars of the future are heading toward a dealership near you — without a human being at the wheel. To Google Inc. and the other corporations that are investing millions of dollars to develop them, driverless, or autonomous, vehicles are a revolutionary combination of automotive and robotics technology that will yield...
News Release
3/18/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SAN FRANCISCO, CA-- A federal magistrate has denied a motion from Google in the Wi-Spy class action suit that plaintiffs said wrongfully would have blocked lawyers’ access to data Google’s Street View cars gathered from private Wi-Fi Networks. Instead of responding to the lawyers’ discovery requests,  “Google filed a...
News Story
3/18/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Foreshadowing a clash between carmakers and a prominent auto insurance company, Sen. Bill Monning on Tuesday unveiled a bill to loosen car manufacturers’ grip on data generated by vehicles. Framed by a computer-equipped car parked on the steps of the state Capitol, the Carmel Democrat said his Senate Bill 994 would allow consumers to see...
Blog Post
3/14/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's hypocrisy reached new heights in the latest filing by its attorneys in a class action suit in which the Internet giant is charged with violating wiretap laws when it reads the contents of email messages on its Gmail service. You'll recall that twenty-six media companies and journalism professional organizations including The New...