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European media publisher fears Google power


Many news sites are highly dependent on ad revenue from Google. Yet Google’s Borg-like control over search, video, email, and mobile, as well as advertising is making media giants nervous.

The chief executive of Axel Springer, one of Europe’s largest media publishers, has said that his company is afraid of the power that Google has accumulated, and worries that the search giant is becoming a “superstate” immune from regulation.

There are real conflict of interest questions when Google also competes against such a company.

He refers to a case where a change to Google’s algorithm led to a drop in traffic to an Axel Springer subsidiary of 70 percent: “This is a real case. And that subsidiary is a competitor of Google… I am sure it is a coincidence.”

“We are afraid of Google,” he added.

Google routinely lists its own products first in searches, even if other search results should clearly be first. And despite it’s by-now tired proclamation that it Does No Evil, Google would do serious evil if it only could.

“Google know more about every digital citizen than George Orwell dared to imagine in his wildest visions of 1984,” he says. Döpfner is particularly concerned about comments made by founder Larry Page, who said that there are lots of things the company would like to do but can’t do because they are illegal — pesky antitrust and privacy laws get in the way.

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Google launches Virtual Virtual Reality to combat Facebook Oculus Rift


Google introduces Virtual Virtual Reality, openly mocking the coming virtual reality Facebook  powered by Oculus Rift, calling it a “tired paradigm”. Instead, Google Virtual Virtual Reality will “enable participants to use multiple identities at once, swapping them at will”, as well as the ability to assume the identities of others, even cohabiting the same persona with others simultaneously.

When tech journalist Boris Brom asked Google why anyone would want to do that, especially considering VVR will primarily be used to created glorified faux shopping centers, a Google spokesperson became agitated, replying “Like Edmund Hillary, because it’s there.” Further, he said “Visionaries are always mocked by the unimaginative” then strongly implied Brom would ever not be permitted in Google Virtual Virtual Reality as it will only be accessible to those receiving a Google Passport, and that Brom clearly did not and would never have the proper qualifications.

When Brom inquired “When did Google become a country requiring a passport, and will you still be sending our data along to the NSA”, a Google DNE Robotic Sentry escorted him to the door.

Rumors that Apple will be introducing i3V (Virtual Virtual Virtual Reality) are as yet unconfirmed.

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Google and the NSA. Way worse than you think.

Credit: siliconangle.com

Credit: siliconangle.com

Assange: Google Director of Ideas Jared Cohen is effectively a State Department Director for Regime Change, directly running secret missions. Eric Schmidt’s book is a mechanism for Google to project itself into DC. Schmidt’s visit to him was equivalent to a visit from the State Department, and included many of the same people. Google’s ‘Do No Evil’ slogan appears to have been bullshit from the start. Emphasis added.

WikiLeaks cables also reveal that previously Cohen, when working for the State Department, was in Afghanistan trying to convince the four major Afghan mobile phone companies to move their antennas onto US military bases. In Lebanon he covertly worked to establish, on behalf of the State Department, an anti-Hezbollah Shia think tank. And in London? He was offering Bollywood film executives funds to insert anti-extremist content into Bollywood films and promising to connect them to related networks in Hollywood. That is the Director of Google Ideas. Cohen is effectively Google’s director of regime change. He is the State Department channeling Silicon Valley.

Google started out as part of Californian graduate student culture around San Francisco’s Bay Area. But as Google grew it encountered the big bad world. It encountered barriers to its expansion in the form of complex political networks and foreign regulations. So it started doing what big bad American companies do, from Coca Cola to Northrop Grumman. It started leaning heavily on the State Department for support, and by doing so it entered into the Washington DC system. A recently released statistic shows that Google now spends even more money than Lockheed Martin on paid lobbyists in Washington.

Jared Cohen was the co-writer of Eric Schmidt’s book, and his role as the bridge between Google and the State Department speaks volumes about how the US securitocracy works. Cohen used to work directly for the State Department and was a close advisor to both Condolezza Rice and Hillary Clinton. But since 2010 he has been Director of Google Ideas, its in-house ‘think/do’ tank.

Documents published last year by WikiLeaks obtained from the US intelligence contractor Stratfor, show that in 2011 Jared Cohen, then (as he is now) Director of Google Ideas, was off running secret missions to the edge of Iran in Azerbaijan. In these internal emails, Fred Burton, Stratfor’s Vice President for Intelligence and a former senior State Department official, describes Google as follows:

“Google is getting WH [White House] and State Dept support and air cover. In reality they are doing things the CIA cannot do…[Cohen] is going to get himself kidnapped or killed. Might be the best thing to happen to expose Google’s covert role in foaming up-risings, to be blunt. The US Gov’t can then disavow knowledge and Google is left holding the shit-bag”

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Google sites and products I use regularly

  • Adsense
  • Adwords
  • Analytics (hit monitoring for Polizeros and my website clients)
  • Calendar (it sends me text messages for appointments, etc.)
  • Chat
  • Chrome browser
  • Feedburner (RSS feed for Polizeros)
  • Local business (For website clients)
  • Google+
  • Gmail
  • Maps
  • News
  • Reader (I read 300+ feeds in it)

In other words, Google is basically indispensable for my online and business life. What Google products do you use the most?

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You can now make phone calls inside GMail

Calls within the US and Canada are free until the end of the year. (Not available in all countries yet.)

Mobile developers think Google+ will challenge Facebook

In addition to Google Plus’ impact on mobile growth and adoption, developers also said they believed Google Plus could catch up to Facebook in the long-term. Two-thirds said that the new social network would be an asset for Google in gaining mindshare among consumers and developers alike.

I agree. Google has been on a massive roll lately. The other behemoth is Apple. Microsoft is slipping badly because they are PC-based and the future is multiple devices and storing data in the cloud. Facebook will always be huge but after using Google+ for a few weeks, Facebook seems a bit, well, creaky. Plus it filters what you see, something I find highly annoying. G+ doesn’t do that, you always see all posts from everyone.

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Google page speed service will basically host your website

The new Google Page Speed Service will take data from your website, optimize it for speed, then serve to users from their servers all over the planet. Your website still exists where it is, but you point the DNS to Google. So, Google is the only site that actually reads your site and anyone else gets it from Google servers, which are worldwide, plus they optimize the code before sending it along. This promises faster speeds for your website loading, and you can test it now.

It’s not free. However, they say prices will be “competitive.” In effect, it’s a worldwide content delivery network for websites that also optimizes the pages.

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Google+ is going to be huge

(This is the first in a series of posts this weekend about Google)

Google got it right the third time around with their new social networking product Google+. I find myself spending more time on it and less on Facebook and Twitter. Why? Because it just flows better. It’s easy to find topics and people of interest. All the videos and images are right in the stream (unlike Twitter). Commenting is easy. Conversations easy to start. You see all the stream too, which you don’t on Facebook.

Plus it’s still just a baby, they’re adding new features fast. Something like 20 million people are on it now and it’s the fastest ramp up of any social networking site ever. In six months, with a raft of new features and 100 million more users, it should be amazing.

What’s new in Google+

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Google+ as a primary news source, and more

I first learned about the Norway bombing and murders on Google+. So did Scoble. So did lots of people. Images and videos appear as part of the feed, unlike Twitter, and there’s no 140 character limit. On Facebook, what you see is filtered, so you may not see all of someone’s posts. This doesn’t happen on G+. Everything is open and it’s easy to jump in and add to a conversation. It was also easy to find posts from people in Norway with had photos, videos, and thoughts to share.

The Gillmor Gang — Robert Scoble, Andrew Keen, Kevin Marks, and Steve Gillmor — convened for yet another G+ conversation. This one, however, was noted for its evenhandedness as @ajkeen and @scobleizer traded social blows over the new Google service. As someone in the Friendfeed chat on the livecast noted, @stevegillmor seems surprisingly positive about the new service. As Keen observed, that’s because I think the new service is Friendfeed revisited.

Of course, it is. But it’s also Twitter without the 140 character limit, Facebook without the unseen authority algorithm, and the Gillmor Gang without a human director (Hangouts). @kevinmarks says it a little differently, seeing G+ growth gaining on Club Penguin. And that’s the fundamental reason Google has a winner, by underlining the best parts of each of these services and floating all boats on a rising tide.

That’s the crucial point. G+ has raised the bar. We all will benefit from this. The video is an hour and definitely worth watching.

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Google+ gaining momentum

Google has acquires a social networking company specializing in group management.

“You can guess what’s next for Google+”, says Leo LaPorte (on Google+, of course)

Comment by Brian Turner

Sounds like a nice acquisition by Google. Let’s see where it goes. Keep in mind that Google is treating G+ with a make-or-break mindset, so it’s pulling out all the stops to make sure that G+ succeeds.

Google, suddenly, is acting like a hungry startup coming out of nowhere with something new and different. Indeed, Google+ is taking social networking where it hasn’t gone before.

Google+ has been in beta for a few weeks now, and the early techie adopters haven’t gotten bored and moved on after dissecting it. Instead, they continue to be excited by it. People are writing add-ons, a sure sign of an active and engaged user community. Scoble mentioned recently that the G+ team is so enthused by the repsonse that they’re moving quickly to add new features. Group management will certainly be one of them.

Groups, whether they be a team at a company, bloggers, or hobbyists, can use G+ to post group messages via Circles and have group video meetups with Hangouts. You can do this now. Imagine what G+ will be able to do in a few months. After all, it only has 18 million users now. Soon it will be hundreds of millions.

If you want an invite, send your email address. You can also follow me.

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Do you google naughty / dangerous / political stuff?

Well then, get thee to Google Web History and delete your search history. You did know that Google carefully saves all your searches, right? All your little quirks will be there, staring you in the face. “Naked midget tap dancers wrestling in Jello” indeed.

But you can erase them, and even tell Google to stop saving them. Then use Chrome and do your secret searches in Incognito mode, which affords even more privacy.

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