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News Story
7/25/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google intends to use its powerful algorithms and analytics in the service of a science project to unlock the mystery of what constitutes human health at the baseline level. That is, what is the state of a person's molecular chemistry long before what we recognize as disease kicks in? To achieve that knowledge, Google intends to study the...
Blog Post
7/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Remember back in 2011 when Google settled  with the U.S. Department of Justice on charges that it was knowingly selling advertising on its site to Canadian pharmacies that led to illegal importation of prescription drugs? The Internet giant paid $500 million as a penalty.  Apparently the settlement didn’t have a tremendous impact...
News Story
7/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Apple, and all the other tech giants have a vested interest in many of the decisions coming out of Washington, DC. Whether it's how immigration policy will affect the pool of talent HR can pick from, or laws on data and privacy, the rulings coming out of the Capitol can have a huge impact on the tech world. And so it shouldn't come...
News Release
7/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA -- Google spent $5.03 million on lobbying in the second quarter of 2014, matching a company record and well ahead of spending by 14 other technology and communications companies, according to records just filed with the Clerk of the House of Representatives and analyzed today by Consumer Watchdog. Google’s spending matched...
News Story
7/17/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Implementation of the EU's right-to-be-forgotten policy appears to have hit some snags, as privacy regulators tussle with search engines over how they handle link removals. The right to be forgotten is the foundation of a directive allowing citizens to have links to "inadequate, irrelevant or no longer relevant, or excessive"...
News Story
7/8/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
As some of its competitors have been battered over their policies for protecting student data, Microsoft Corp. has sought to make sure that the issue—and what it regards as its strong record on privacy—remain firmly in the public eye. But as the company moves aggressively to position itself as a protector of student-data privacy, some...
News Story
7/1/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Driverless cars are on the road now - Google's fleet has logged about 700,000 miles of autonomous driving - and the California DMV will be issuing regulations in a matter of weeks allowing self-driving cars to be sold to the public, possibly setting the regulatory pattern for the rest of the country (video). Google has predicted 2017 for first...
News Story
6/30/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
The U.S. Supreme Court has rejected Google’s appeal that it did nothing wrong when it used Street View cars to tap into unsecured Wi-Fi networks. Apparently Google’s vehicles collected data being transmitted over wireless networks as they mapped streets for Street View. If a network wasn’t secured, the company picked up...
News Story
6/27/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google has started removing some search results in the EU following an EU court telling it last month to respond to requests by people seeking the ''right to be forgotten,'' Bloomberg reports. The company started offering an online tool to allow people to ask for search results to be redacted after the EU Court of Justice ruled on...
Blog Post
6/26/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google today began removing some search results in Europe under the recently court-upheld “right to be forgotten.”  The Internet giant should offer U.S. users the same basic right to privacy. In May the European Court of Justice ruled that a person has the right to request the removal of search engine links to information that is...