Google’s Racketeering Challenge

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According to a recent civil lawsuit, a plaintiff is suing Google for violating the racketeering laws (aka “RICO”). ( Attia et al v. Google et al , Cal. Where no NDA is required, Google has simply copied and criminally stole other inventors’ copyrights… 115.

Google Beats Lawsuit Accusing YouTube of Censoring Conservatives

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Business Politics Tech Business THR Online Google YouTube PoliticsA judge holds that YouTube isn't a "public forum" run by a "state actor." read more. THR, Esq.

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Google Sued for Allegedly Breaching "Googles" Agreement

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The owner of Googles has something in common with Paul McCartney. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

Guest Post by @schneidermaria: Google’s Self-driven “Carma”

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It’s the height of irony that Google finds itself in court suing Uber over the piracy of documents and creative works it believes should be protected as its intellectual property (IP). If Google’s claims come to bear in court, Levandowski could go to jail.

Google Searches for a Way to End "Googles" Breach Lawsuit

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SM Kids alleges Google has violated a 2008 deal by producing content for children on YouTube. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Business THR Online

The MMF’s Google Problem

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David Lowery’s recent post on the Trichordist reveals the disclosure by an apparent whistleblower that the Music Managers Forum and to some extent the Feature Artist Coalition have each been taking undisclosed money from Google and Spotify. For which Google sells the ads , of course.

Google Facilitates the Sale of the Drug that Killed Prince

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The answer to that is quite straightforward: Just one click away in a Google search or a YouTube video. In fact it is so well known in some law enforcement circles that Google was the subject of a multi-year sting operation by the FBI, IRS, FDA and the U.S.

@GTP_Updates: White House Kept Close Tabs on FTC Google Antitrust Probe — Artist Rights Watch

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Newly-uncovered emails show the White House was closely tracking the outcome of the Federal Trade Commission’s antitrust probe of Google, with an official contacting Google’s lobbyist shortly before the agency’s decision to settle the case. White House Internet Advisor R. David Edelman.

Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 1

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But one thing that Enron and Drexel have in common with Google is that they both developed incredibly complex financial instruments. Google calls it Adsense. And just like derivatives trading it is largely off the books and almost entirely in the control of Google one way or another.

Conservative Video Producer Suing Google Over "Censorship" Pushes for Injunction

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Google urges a judge to throw out a lawsuit over restricted videos on YouTube. read more. THR, Esq. Business Television Tech Business THR Online

The Information’s Expose on Google’s Hostile Work Environment is a Cry for Corporate Reform

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The Information has conducted an extensive review of Google’s apparently hostile work environment and one thing is clear–all the stories we heard about Google’s headman, Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt really have had the predictably corrosive effect.

Google Meltdown Continues With Missouri Attorney General’s Consumer Protection Subpoenas

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One of Google’s worst policy nightmares is that state attorneys general will wake up to their obligation under state laws to protect both consumers and advertisers from Google’s overreach. In June, the European Union issued Google a record $2.7

@eriqgardner: Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It’s Getting Desperate — Artist Rights Watch

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What is significant is that the case dealt with intellectual property and the possibility that Google might have to do more than pay lip service to piracy….If If one didn’t know any better, it would be reasonable to assume that Google has lost its mind.

@hneidig: Yelp accuses Google of violating FTC settlement

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Yelp is accusing Google of violating a 2012 settlement with the Federal Trade Commission in which the internet search giant agreed to stop passing off third-party content as its own. Luther Lowe, Yelp’s vice president of public policy, sent a letter to acting FTC Chairman Maureen Ohlhausen on Monday saying that Google has been scraping images from Yelp to include in search results for certain local businesses.

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Google will always do evil

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"One day in late April or early May, Google removed the phrase "don't be evil" from its code of conduct. Google didn't advertise this change. After nearly two decades of trying to live up to its motto, it looks like Google is ready to face reality. Google will always do evil

@FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch

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What a shock: The EU’s pursuit of Google, along with probes into other U.S. via @FooYunChee: White House “Irritated” as EU antitrust regulators open third front against Google — Artist Rights Watch.

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Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office — Artist Rights Watch

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In a typically backstabbing lame duck kabuki dance, Google has fired Maria Pallante, the head of the U.S. via Google Fires Head of U.S. Copyright Office.

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@andreworlowski: Google had Obama’s ear on antitrust probe — Artist Rights Watch

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According to emails released under the US Freedom of Information Act, Google briefed the White House on an antitrust investigation into itself, breaking a 40-year precedent of the President’s office staying out of competition issues. Google White House Fixer Doogie Howser R.

Google Glass and Creepy Permissionless Innovation

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“Google and the World Brain”

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Of course, there are bound to be occasional howlers in a corpus as extensive as Google’s book search, but these errors are endemic. google books google books settlement

Google Seizes on Sony Hacked Docs to Attack MPAA Conspiracy

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Google''s general counsel says the MPAA''s Project Goliath is "deeply concerning" read more. SOPA Google Tech Business Sony Hack THR Online THR, Esq.

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@davidclowery: Does Google Use Dominance in Search to Steer Traffic to “Unofficial” YouTube Videos? — The Trichordist — Artist Rights Watch

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But it sure seems like Google search (especially in ex-USA markets) seems to return top search results for UGC (User “Generated” Content) videos instead of official videos. via @davidclowery: Does Google Use Dominance in Search to Steer Traffic to “Unofficial” YouTube Videos? —

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Google Sends in the Shills to Dodge Appearing at @SenRobPortman’s Hearing on Stopping Human Trafficking

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on Tuesday, September 19, 2017–but Google and Facebook won’t be there. As MTP readers will recall, Google has a long history of supporting human trafficking sites like Backpage.com through Google surrogates like the Electronic Frontier Foundation and the Internet Association.

Understanding Google’s Advertising Problem

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If you’ve been aghast at the reporting on Google’s advertising problem, it’s important to distinguish which is more shocking–that they did it, that they got caught, or that anyone thought it serious enough to report on. “Why does Rice play Texas?”

Mississippi @AGJimHood Triumphs Over Google

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MTP readers will recall Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood’s struggle to get answers from Google to Hood’s subpoena of the company regarding their troubling business practices. Google was awarded an injunction by U.S. But was Google simply postponing the inevitable?

4 Million DMCA Notices Don’t Stop the Google Piracy Machine: How Google Drives Traffic to Pirate Sites Through Google Alerts

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Google news alerts are emails sent to you by Google through the data analysis of its monopoly search engine. Yes, the all seeing Google knows a lot of stuff and they are happy to share it with you so you can share it with others.

George Soros Reportedly Turns on Google and Facebook

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In a curious turnaround, Quartz reports that George Soros in a speech at Davos identified the “monolithic power” of Google and Facebook as threats to democracy as we know it. Here’s the nub of what Quartz reports he said: Facebook and Google effectively control over half of all internet advertising revenue. In a Goolag State of Mind George Soros Google Monopoly

Power Transition, Lawfare and the Spotify/Google Interlocking Directorate

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On May 12, 2014, Spotify’s director of economics Will Page gave a presentation at the Music Biz Conference in Nashville (hosted by the Google-dominated Music Business Association, formerly known as NARM in a soon to be forgotten day). Google’s Shady History With Apple.

Is YouTube The Lyor Show?

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I actually think he’s got some old school ideas that may be fundamentally sound, but are not connected to the Google reality. I submit that his problem is that either he’s getting paid so much money he doesn’t need to be attached to reality or he doesn’t understand that Google does not give a rip about us. Lyor’s main problem is that he either doesn’t understand or chooses to ignore Google’s exploitative business model.

Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 2

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This post is a continuation of “ Finally, a Google Whistleblower, Part 1 ” that I recommend you read first and then come back to this one. And as we have seen, Google doesn’t do too well with moral hazard. Google just took the money according to the comment.

More Sony Hack Fallout: Google Fights Mississippi and the MPAA

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Sony Pictures Entertainment MPAA Google Business A secret anti-piracy lobbying campaign codenamed "Project Goliath" is scrutinized read more. The Business Sony Hack THR Online THR, Esq.

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@amassembly Astroturf “Study” a Case Study for How Google Launders Money

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iv) of exactly how Google launders money through real or created nonprofits to produce “studies” that appear to be academic and objective. Google data] forms the basis for our quantitative work. We are grateful for funding support from Google Inc.

Google Has a Big Canadian Problem — and It's Getting Desperate

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After losing up north, Google takes the battle over a worldwide injunction to an American court. But it's unlikely to be the tech giant's last stop. read more. THR, Esq. Business Movies Music Tech Business THR Online International

Government Capture and Google’s Crony Capitalism Assault on America

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In case you haven’t noticed, Google has been conducting an all out assault on powerful positions in the U.S. Focusing on the political party of the White House misses the point–David Duke could get elected president and Google would still be playing the same game.

Douglas on A Global Injunction Against Google @uwanews

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Michael Douglas, University of Western Australia, has published A Global Injunction Against Google at 134 The Law Quarterly Review 181 (2018). In Google Inc v Equustek Solutions Inc, 2017 SCC 34, the Supreme Court of Canada

YouTube Censors “YouTube Star” Who Google Invited to Interview European Commission President — Artist Rights Watch

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But Birbes got an hidden camera recording of a YouTube employee threatening her career on YouTube if she asked tough questions–and Reuters left out the fact that the EC has three open multi-billion Euro antitrust investigations against Google.

Drain This: Trump Finds Joshua Wright in the Google Swamp

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When they say “former US Federal Trade Commissioner” they miss the part where he served less than half of his term and had to promise to recuse himself from Google matters in order to get confirmed by the Senate.

Eric “Uncle Sugar” Schmidt Ankles the Google Chocolate Factory

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According to multiple news sources, Google’s Eric Schmidt (who MTP readers may know as “Uncle Sugar”) has stepped down from his job as Executive Chairman of the Chocolate Factory. The source added that if something foul was afoot, Google would have canned Schmidt completely.

How Do We Know Driverless Cars Are Safe? Google Says ‘Trust Us’

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Google has predicted 2017 for first commercial availability, while Nissan and Mercedes say it will be 2020. Google’s answer at DMV workshops in March 2014 and May 2013 was, essentially, “trust us” ( video , video , video ). Nevada accepted Google’s “trust us” gambit ( pdf , p.

Bruce Houghton: Why Didn’t Google Shut Down YouTube-MP3 Sooner? — Artist Rights Watch

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via Bruce Houghton: Why Didn’t Google Shut Down YouTube-MP3 Sooner? In a Goolag State of Mind Bruce Houghton Google News from the Goolag YouTube-MP3By many measures, YouTube streamripping became the #1 source of music piracy, widening the riff between the music industry and the online giant. But the shuttering of #1 ripper YouTube-MP3 came only after legal action from some injured parties – the major record labels. Artist Rights Watch.