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Email Shows How Google Gets Things Done In Washington - BuzzFeed News
[ tech; winner takes all ] Shelton’s email, which has not previously been disclosed, shows the extent to which Google has tried to wield influence in Washington. The search giant, which has spent years battling the FTC on various fronts and is currently facing separate antitrust charges in Europe, has built a prodigious lobbying operation that it deploys on matters large and small. //&! Rich, Powerful, And Under Investigation: Google Is The New Microsoft The European Union has filed charges alleging Google uses its dominance of the search market to stifle competition. The complaint brings back memories of Microsoft, back in the days when it made competitors tremble. - bzfd.it/1SKbPIc
antitrust  anti-competitive  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  FTC  USA  European  Union  Europe  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  UK  tax  avoidance  tax  evasion  Apple  Facebook  Microsoft  Career  Politicians  IRS  HMRC 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Do You Trust Larry Page? - Stratechery by Ben Thompson
Given the fact that Alphabet née Google is the second most valuable enterprise in the world, it’s striking to consider Larry Page’s 2014 assessment of the company he co-founded with Sergey Brin: I think we’ve not succeeded as much as we’d like. [...] Even Google’s famously far-reaching mission statement, to “organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful”, is not big enough for what he now has in mind. The aim: to use the money that is spouting from its search advertising business to stake out positions in boom industries of the future, from biotech to robotics. [...] Googles non-social approach to advertising vs Facebook and everyone else ] [ ad world begins finally to shift away from TV & other legacy forms & FB/Google are main beneficiaries coming years of changing ad spend ] [ Page/Brin want 2 lead the org 2 a new frontier. A new Google Search. &they think they a near it, ie self-driving car, that they think the timing is right NOW ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
The Guardian view on Alphabet: it will take more than Google to translate the restructuring | Editorial | Comment is free | The Guardian
Business mostly thinks the new look is smart. But regulators and privacy campaigners are not so sure [...] some of the world’s regulators and many consumers are looking sceptically at the impact that it might have on data protection, privacy, tax liabilities and the impact of the reorganisation on the megalith’s power to monetise the data of its billions of users. // &! bit.ly/1MmLVH2 - Google is scattering Alphabet blocks to mute its own success. A bit like the phenomenon of stealth Starbucks branches, Google has become so ubiquitous it is choosing to fade into the background
Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  antitrust  Europe  oligopoly  monopoly  Google  Search  monopsony  Android  oligopol  USA  FTC 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google’s $6 Billion Miscalculation on the EU - Bloomberg Business
via https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=10021018 // Google declined to make its executives available for on-the-record interviews, but several concede that the company was caught off guard by the intensity of European criticism, in large part because of its broad popularity with users. Google is so relied upon that many people casually assert that the most prevalent search term on rival Bing is, in fact, “Google.” (Microsoft declines to confirm this.) [...] The more Europeans rely on Google, however, the more they’ve come to fear it, making it an easy target for politicians. Last November members of the European Parliament voted 384 to 174 for a symbolic proposal to break up the search giant into two separate pieces—its monolithic search engine and everything else. [ + agressive tax evasion schemes came under public & political pressure; Amazon, Google, Apple, Facebook, and Co ]
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple’s possibly illegal plan to kill Spotify’s free service is reportedly under investigation by the FTC | PandoDaily
[ history rhymes - Google Search and Apple iTunes ]FTC officials have discussed Apple’s practices with more than one record label, according to music-industry executives with knowledge of the matter. The FTC’s investigators, still in the early stages, of their inquiry, are asking whether Apple’s efforts will change the way music labels work with other streaming services, for example curtailing ad-supported music and pushing more songs into paid tiers of service at higher rates, according to one of the people. // &! http://pando.com/2015/05/04/apple-reportedly-plays-dirty-to-kill-spotifys-free-tier-and-i-hope-it-gets-away-with-it/ - Apple reportedly plays dirty to kill Spotify’s free tier
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
NYT - EU and Google
“With more than a decade of hindsight, the theories supporting the case against Microsoft have all but fallen apart, and the pursuit of the company that makes Windows may suggest a reason for skepticism about this fight against Google: The tech marketplace is fluid and unpredictable. The giants that look most unbeatable today could falter in ways that may once have seemed unthinkable — and without a lot of help from the government.” [...] Google makes most of its money from search ads, but the market for such direct advertising may be tapped out. The next great wave of digital advertising — a market far bigger than search spots — will come from ad budgets now reserved for TV commercials, and many observers bet that Facebook, not Google, is in the best position to get that business. &! bit.ly/1aCgTK7 &! Growth stalls eventually 4all companies >> bit.ly/1DpxFXl &! youtu.be/SdJz93aIvA0?t=20m talk abt Google Search business practices and their way to "add value." And Lobbying activities.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
The Most Powerful Force In The Universe | TechCrunch
That leads us to the other risk of all of this accumulation of power. Part of the promise of Silicon Valley is indeed its disruptive quality, a quality that becomes significantly harder to maintain in the market when the incumbents are so wealthy and powerful. The latest example of this is live streaming. Meerkat was booted off Twitter, only to be replaced by Twitter’s own acquired startup Periscope. Now Meerkat has to defeat a competitor backed with by the full resources of a $30 billion dollar public company. This just isn’t a startup utopia anymore. [...] Now, we have closed gardens and API access agreements, designed to keep you within the limited experience of our devices and software. [...] Silicon Valley isnt all that different from Wall Street, except we believe that we are helping the world even more than the capitalists and investment bankers. [...] // &! See Google Search vs Search Monopoly abuse with X business practices. tcrn.ch/1IIky5l // Mirosoft's case was just a taste
Silicon  Valley  revolving  door  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  Net  Neutrality  Washington  Platform  Open  Platform  Open  Source  TOS  Silo  Google  Search  monopoly  Wall  Street  oligopoly  oligopol  FTC  Microsoft  Yelp!  Mahalo 
march 2015 by asterisk2a
Feds Shame Clothier For Cheap Blog Bribes - Fashion - Gawker
Ann Taylor offered to enter bloggers in a drawing for $50 to $500 gift cards if they wrote—and submitted to the company—posts promoting the summer 2010 collection at Ann Taylor Loft, according to Ad Age. Good coverage in exchange for chance to win gift cards? Are bloggers that pathetic? Apparently not: While the Feds, like Ann Taylor, thought the promotion might produce a tidal wave of glowing coverage, it turned out "only a small number of bloggers posted content about the [collection] and several of those disclosed the gifts." A rising economic tide lifts all shills, Ann Taylor. Time to step up your game to, like, free handbags or something.
blogging  blogosphere  FTC 
may 2010 by asterisk2a

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