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Blog Post
6/16/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Google's latest planned acquisition will will take the Internet giant's ability to spy on us and gather information about our activities to new heights -- literally. Last week Google said it would buy Skybox Imaging for $500 million, chump change for a company that is sitting on around $61 billion in cash. Skybox is building low cost...
Blog Post
4/24/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
A settlement has been reached in the $3 billion class action lawsuit on behalf of 64,000 high tech workers who charged that Silicon Valley tech titans like Steve Jobs, Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin illegally conspired to keep their wages down. Details of the settlement weren't released, but a joint letter from plaintiffs' and defendants...
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....
Blog Post
1/28/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
Let's compare and contrast what Google Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt says with what he apparently actually does.  It's not pretty. Last week Schmidt was one of the high flyers who showed up at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.  During a a "fireside chat" he opined, according to Upstart Business Journal...
News Story
1/24/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google, Comcast, AT&T and Verizon Communications ranked among the top spenders on U.S. government lobbying in 2013, with Apple and Facebook increasing their lobbying expenses significantly, according to year-end lobbying reports released this week. Comcast ranked fifth among all organizations in U.S. government lobbying spending through the...
News Release
1/22/2014
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA – Google led in lobbying spending by ten tech firms who pumped a combined $61.15 million into efforts to influence federal regulators and lawmakers in 2013, up 15.9 percent from a combined total of $52.78 million, according to records filed with the Clerk of the House this week. Consumer Watchdog, a nonpartisan nonprofit...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Google’s spending on lobbying dropped in 2013, but it is still lavishing Washington with more money than any other tech company. The search giant spent $14.1 million to help influence lawmakers and regulators last year, according to data published on House.gov. That was down after its 2012 spending spiked to $16.5 million when the...
News Story
1/22/2014
Posted by Mark Reback
Ten of the largest technology companies in the US spent more than $61 million lobbying Washington in 2013, according to an analysis of records filed by Consumer Watchdog earlier this week. The firms, including Apple, Google, Microsoft, and Facebook, used the money in attempts to guide the government's hand on issues such as privacy, data...
News Story
11/19/2013
Posted by Mark Reback
On Monday, Google agreed to pay 37 states to settle charges that in 2011 and 2012 it had ignored a key privacy feature embedded in Apple's Safari browser. As part of the deal, Google — while not admitting fault — has also vowed to stop using the code that lets it circumvent the controls. It's a significant victory for consumers...
News Release
11/18/2013
Posted by John M. Simpson
SANTA MONICA, CA. – Google’s $17 million settlement with states attorneys general demonstrates the Internet giant’s business strategy of doing whatever it wants and then buying its way out of trouble when caught breaking the rules, Consumer Watchdog said today. “Google hacked around the privacy settings on Apple’s...