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Google CEO Sundar Pichai Brings in Less Egotistical Leadership | Re/code
“In leadership at Google, you have to be three-plus standard deviations better than normal in technical ability,” said Bowden, an equity partner at Data Collective who spent eight years at the search giant. That is, Google’s top execs stand well above the average software engineer in skill. That trait, Bowden continued, does not often correlate with an above-average “emotional intelligence” — a capacity for empathy. The savants usually aren’t people persons, said Bowden. Translation: They can be complete jerks. “Sundar,” Bowden added, “is a rare example.” [...] A former Google exec put it less charitably: “All the assholes have left.”
Sundar  Pichai  Google  Inc.  Alphabet  Inc.  corporate  culture  corporate  values  Don't  be  evil  Larry  Page 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
What Alphabet Means — The Information
Google’s growing ambitions were complicating an already complicated structure. [...] Google’s new structure—more than a year in the making—foreshadows more big acquisitions, some spinoffs and probably some more financial accountability. But can Google avoid a conglomerate tax? // &! Larry Page and ‘Retirement’ 2.0 - It is that the transition itself is so unusual, and yet a blueprint I believe other CEOs will try to follow. [ leverage what you have to reach out even further, when you can. then do it. enabled by dual-class stock structure despite haggles with Wall Street during earning calls of spending/losses of Google X and operational costs (lavish perks and compensation) and Wall Street thinking/feeling they get the shorter stick. Forget compounding (real world impact (people, planet, health, ...) >> Brin & Page's view, imagination, vision ...) if there is no % behind it. They are financiers, making money with money. ] // &! The Verge's Social Media Video take: youtu.be/FVtMbhCV3YE
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Larry  Page  conglomerate  Google  X  Sergey  Brin  vision  ambition  growth  mindset  mission  Legacy  Silicon  Valley  impact  CEO  entrepreneurship  Don't  be  evil 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Alphabet Is More Than Just a New Name | Re/code
Shareholders Don’t Like Moonshots. [...] Organizing as a Conglomerate Makes a Lot of Sense While Google’s CEOs say the new entity will never be a “consumer-driven business,” it’s quite likely that subsidiaries like Android or YouTube could turn out that way. By changing not only it name, but also by reorganizing in a substantial way, Google will change the way the market perceives it. Because they have their hands in many different pots, conglomerates are traditionally seen as more stable investments than technology or advertising companies. Being a conglomerate also makes it much easier for Google to continue growing its business through acquisitions and spinoffs.
Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Inc.  Google  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  conglomerate  business  strategy  Organizational  behavior  corporate  culture  corporate  strategy  Don't  be  evil  HR  human  resources  hiring 
august 2015 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 ]
Google  Inc.  Google  Alphabet  Inc.  Larry  Page  Sergey  Brin  Don't  be  evil  Sundar  Pichai  vision  mission  Legacy  self-driving  cars  AI  Transhumanism  artificial  intelligence  autonomous  car  anti-ageing  renewable  energy  Google  X  Robotics  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  machine  learning  ethical  machine  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Meta  Data  metadata  Big  Data  Google  Search  AdSense  human  rights  antitrust  Europe  FTC  USA  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  deep  learning  augmented  intelligence  Google  Glass  Wireless  Carrier  ISP  Google  Fiber  user  Nest  Labs  native  advertising  Social  Media  content  marketing  advertising  Programmatic  advertisement  re-targeting  advertisement  targeting  ad  targeting  Twitter  perma-cookie  cookies  Appification  mobile  homescreen  mobile  first  user  behaviour  vertical  mobile  phone  Android  banner  ads  advertisement  Leadership  conglomerate  operation  operations  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  long-term  view  long-term  thinking  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  technological  progress  incrementalism  incremental  counter  culture  Silicon  Valley  wantrepreneur 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple is launching search engine to destroy Google — and you’re already using it | Calacanis.com
“Paid Inclusion” is basically the ads that consumers think are content, but are really ads. You can see this on your desktop by doing a search for “used iPhone.” The majority of the screen real estate is now ads! In the example above 11 of the 12 links are advertisements! [...] I could see Apple knocking 10 points off Google’s search business here in the USA in the next couple of years by simply making search an advertising-free piece of Apple’s OPERATING SYSTEM! [...] Apple is leapfrogging Google by making search something that is built into the core of your mobile phone and desktop. [ user experience, frictionless ] [...] Tim Cook is painting Google, accurately, as the evil successor to Microsoft, and Google’s management team is reinforcing this by closing ranks and destroying their partners. [ If its free to use, ... you are paying with your usage, with your data, your identity, ... ]
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Google  Shopping  Apple  Android  Appification  vertical  Marketplace  iOS  Don't  be  evil  ericschmidt  Eric  Schmidt  Steve  jobs  TOS  Microsoft  Bing  EULA  Windows  10  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  cookies  perma-cookie  Big  Data  metadata  Meta  Data 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google CFO Ruth Porat Brings Fiscal Discipline - Bloomberg Business
- hire of Porat makes doubly sense in light of restructuring for the future to Alphabet Inc. holdings // w competition left and right, change in landscape, Europe antitrust, failed Google X project, and other failed acquisitions and internal (new) product launches ... making people able to move in a new landscape. Google is now and has been now for some time, the target for everyone.
Google  Inc.  Google  Google  Search  Alphabet  Inc.  conglomerate  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  competitive  competitiveness  Agile  capitalism  Don't  be  evil  Google  X  Google  Capital  Google  Ventures  Android  Sundar  Pichai  self-driving  cars  autonomous  car  Google  Fiber  Project  Loon  Makani  Nest  Labs  YouTube  Calico  business  management  R&D  competition  Google  Glass  Google  Wallet  Google  Play  Google  News 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Google Creates New Company Called Alphabet, Restructures Stock - Bloomberg Business
[ Cracking under Wall Streets pressure ] The new structure [ holding company ] will give greater clarity into how Google invests in various ventures, including driverless cars, high-speed Internet service and health-related technologies. It also makes it easier to make any future acquisitions or potential divestments. [...] Sundar Pichai, Page’s deputy, will be promoted to become CEO of Google Inc., which generates the bulk of the company’s $60 billion in annual revenue. Omid Kordestani will transition from his role as chief business officer to become an adviser to Alphabet and Google. “Sergey and Larry will be able to allocate their time differently between the core and non-core businesses,” “You have Sundar focusing on the core business, and you will have Larry and Sergey kind of looking at the future growth businesses.” [...] [Larry Page] “Our company is operating well today, but we think we can make it cleaner and more accountable.” [ Google Inc. = Search worlds information. ]
Google  conglomerate  Wall  Street  shareholder  value  profit  maximisation  Alphabet  Inc.  Google  Search  Google  Inc.  capitalism  Don't  be  evil  Google  X  Google  Capital  Google  Ventures  Android  Sundar  Pichai  self-driving  cars  autonomous  car  Google  Fiber  Project  Loon  Makani  Nest  Labs  YouTube  Calico  business  management  R&D  competitive  competition  competitiveness  Agile  Google  Glass  Google  Wallet  Google  Play  Google  News 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Facebook Partners With Shadowy 'Data Brokers' To Farm Your Information - Sherbit- Personal Analytics
Its not free. U pay with ur data. Worry abt NSA? Worry abt companies too. // via bit.ly/1WbspjI // The researchers detailed many troubling aspects of Facebook’s data collection practices, including evidence that one of Facebook’s cookies is stored in every browser that visits a site with a ‘Social Plugin‘ (the embedded ‘Like’ and ‘Share’ buttons), regardless of whether or not they are a Facebook user. [...] Facebook is no longer just a social media website, it is a massive advertising business invested in tracking everyone’s consumer spending habits, on the internet and off. [ FB has also a monopsony; if you don't agree to TOS as user, don't use us. (Same told to advertisers w Newsfeed changes algo) PS we track u anyway. FB owns +70% of social media adversing spend, advertisers can't get around it ] [...] Our focus with Atlas (bought from Microsoft) is to take that technology and enable us to improve our ability to connect ad impressions to purchase behavior both offline & online,
Facebook  TOS  Privacy  Big  Data  advertisement  targeting  advertisement  re-targeting  perma-cookie  cookie  metadata  business  model  Mark  Zuckerberg  ethical  machine  abuse  abuse  of  power  crony  capitalism  Don't  be  evil  Google  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  monopoly  monopsony  tracking  user  user  behaviour  advertisement  advertising  Newsfeed  antitrust  Internet  Privacy  Orwellian  State  EFF  Silicon  Valley  counter  culture  Wall  Street 
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 ]
Google  antitrust  Europe  2015  Google  Search  NSA  Surveillance-Industrial  Complex  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Edward  Snowden  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  cyber  espionage  Germany  France  Five  Eyes  GCHQ  UK  USA  Silicon  Valley  Stasi  2.0  national  interest  Foreign  Intelligence  affairs  policy  Intelligence  Agency  Google  News  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  Big  Data  right  to  be  forgotten  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  FTC  Yelp!  Yelp  monopoly  monopsony  oligopoly  oligopol  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  revolving  door  Don't  be  evil  Washington  Career  Politicians  No  Representation  Consumer  Protection  Android 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Online Harassment (HBO) - YouTube
Online harassment is a major problem, but it’s rarely prosecuted. If only we’d been warned about this in the early days of the internet. // &! Facebook real name policy issues. // &! 'any kind of tools can be used as a weapon.'
patent  trolls  patent  troll  trolls  harassment  gender-based  harassment  sexual  harassment  Misogynie  misogyny  Patriarchy  sexism  everyday  sexism  sexismus  #GamerGate  Ellen  Pao  Online  death  threat  anonymity  Twitter  revenge  porn  Facebook  human  decency  human  being  human  progress  stalking  Privacy  Sexting  male  privilege  white  male  privilege  stigma  Reddit  Google  Search  right  to  be  forgotten  Celebgate  n00d  Celeb  Trading  Ring  gender-based  discrimination  social  construct  inferior  marginalised  marginalized  discrimination  social  discrimination  social  study  sociology  psychology  Gesellschaft  society  culture 
july 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC forgotten list 'sets precedent' - BBC News
The BBC has "set a precedent" for other media organisations by publishing a list of links removed from Google searches, the corporation's policy boss has said. [...] The BBC published a full list of stories that had been removed so far. It would continue to do so, said David Jordan, head of editorial policy. "It's impossible to have a meaningful debate if you've not got an idea about what's being de-listed," he said. - http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/internet/entries/1d765aa8-600b-4f32-b110-d02fbf7fd379
right  to  be  forgotten 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Ideas at the House: Panel - The War on Whistleblowers and Their Publishers - YouTube
warrentless spying on journalists, including wiretapping, espionage, and hacking into accounts. -//- &! Glenn Greenwald's Infamous Battle with NPR's Dina Temple-Raston - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C2RxQpESxoI &! &!
Whistleblower  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  barackobama  presidency  surveillance  state  Orwellian  NSA  CIA  White  House  Washington  freedom  of  press  of  Information  Act  FISA  Court  FISAAA  First  Amendment  Information  wants  to  be  free  cyber  war  Separation  of  powers  abuse  of  power  Career  Politicians  Law  &  Justice  Justice  System  Judiciary  on  Terror  Drone  Warfare  on  Drugs  organised  crime  human  rights  Privacy  Internet  Privacy  Secret  Courts 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Google warns Blogger users over porn
http://www.zdnet.com/article/google-bans-explicit-adult-content-from-blogger-blogs/ - Google bans 'explicit' adult content from Blogger blogs Summary:In an abrupt reversal of policy, Google will soon disappear blogs on its Blogger platform that don't conform to its new anti-adult policies. [...] "Google: Removing content it doesn't like" [...] [...] [opt] to move to self-hosting, which is a safer option than trusting art, writing or creative speech to any conservative company. [...] [Search as public utility, unencumbered by politics nor religion and other things.] // question, snapchat already blocked porners from receiving money via its internal payment product for snaps/paid snaps. question, will it ban nudity when it went public and the company turns into a grown up with grown-up supervision? &! zdnet.com/article/timeline-googles-role-in-global-sex-censorship/ &! http://pando.com/2015/02/24/silicon-valleys-war-on-sex-continues-as-google-bans-adult-blogs/
Tumblr  Wordpress  publishing  2.0  publishing  Blogging  TOS  Platform  Blogger  Google  sex  work  sex  worker  adault  content  Porn  pornography  content  distribution  content  discovery  Wall  Street  conservative  Snapchat  censorship  stigma  stereotype  bias  prejudice  Google  Search  free  speech  Information  wants  to  be  free  public  utility 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Ken Silverstein reportedly quits First Look, blaming “management’s incompetence” | PandoDaily
If confirmed, Silverstein would be the latest of Omidyar’s high profile hires to quit, after Natasha Vargas-Cooper, Matt Taibbi, John Cook, Alex Pareene, Jay Rosen, Marcy Wheeler and many, many more. [...] Pierre Omidyar vs Journalism // &! http://pando.com/2015/02/22/welcome-to-the-slaughterhouse-ken-silversteins-account-of-working-with-greenwald-and-omidyar-is-brutal/ "Not only does Silverstein give both barrels to Omidyar who he claims “blocked [Silverstein’s reporting] every step of the way” but he also lays into Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras and Betsy Reed"
First  Look  Pierre  Omidyar  Glenn  Greenwald  The  Intercept  democracy  free  press  Whistleblower  Information  wants  to  be  free  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  freedom  of  press  free  speech  Edward  Snowden 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025 « CBS San Francisco
[The 2nd Industrial Revolution enabled by Moore's Law from 2000-2030/50: autonomous cars, software eats the world, marketplaces, share economy, automation, robotics, AI/augmented reality, local - just in time manufacturing via 3D printing, renewable energy and 100% recycling of everything.] The transition is already beginning to happen. Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, says that their 2015 models will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time.1 And the major automakers aren’t far behind – according to Bloomberg News, GM’s 2017 models will feature “technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic.”2 Both Google3 and Tesla4 predict that fully-autonomous cars – what Musk describes as “true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination” – will be available to the public by 2020. (( via bit.ly/1DAKDDN ))
Autonomous  Cars  automotive  public  transportation  transportation  Uber  Lyft  workforce  knowledge  worker  knowledge  economy  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  Industrial  Revolution  Moore's  Law  Why  Software  Is  Eating  World  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  marketplace  inefficiencies  Share  automation  Robotics  3D  printing  manufacturing  AI  augmented  intelligence  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  recycling  renewable  energy  marketplace  plurality  long-tail  Future  of  Work  education  policy  IoT  hyperlocal  local  futurists  Future  workless  White-collar  6-hour  day  4-day  week  Blue-collar  working  poor  precarious  working  class  Universal  Basic  Income  inequality  Gini  coefficient  inequality  poverty  Liberal  Arts  destruction  disrupting  markets  disruption  policy  21stcentury  Etsy  Amazon  Google  Search  Platform  Silo  Information  wants  to  be  free  Signal  vs.  Noise  filter  bubble  education  bubble  democracy  No  Representation  Career  Politicians  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  long-term  thinking  long-term  view 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Linux Journal - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
In early July 2014 it was revealed that the NSA's XKeyscore program targeted readers of Linux Journal, which the NSA considers an "extremist forum". // &! NSA: Linux Journal is an "extremist forum" and its readers get flagged for extra surveillance - http://www.linuxjournal.com/content/nsa-linux-journal-extremist-forum-and-its-readers-get-flagged-extra-surveillance // &! NSA targets the privacy-conscious - http://daserste.ndr.de/panorama/aktuell/NSA-targets-the-privacy-conscious,nsa230.html "Merely searching the web for the privacy-enhancing software tools outlined in the XKeyscore rules causes the NSA to mark and track the IP address of the person doing the search. Not only are German privacy software users tracked, but the source code shows that privacy software users worldwide are tracked by the NSA." - visiting site X puts you on watch list/collect data list - ie Wikileaks, Tor, Linux Journal, CCC unter anderem !+& bit.ly/1sZSWV9 >> leads to self-censorship like in East Germany.
NSA  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  human  rights  XKeyscore  Linux  CCC  activism  activists  Hacktivism  target  targeting  GCHQ  encryption  cryptography  Cryptopocalypse  IT  Security  cyber  cyber  war  cyber  espionage  corporate  espionage  industrial  espionage  espionage  FISA  Court  FISAAA  Foreign  Intelligence  Five  Eyes  presidency  barackobama  Stasi  Stasi  2.0  history  backdoor  backdoors  abuse  of  power  surveillance  state  Orwellian  Big  Data  Meta  Data  Unix  Google  Search  Tor  VPN  anonymity  self-censorship  free  speech  freedom  of  press  freespeech  free  press  Pressefreiheit  Meinungsfreiheit  Information  wants  to  be  free  knowledge  M 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Don't Be Awful: Roger Myers and Paul Carr - YouTube
Don’t Be Awful: Attorney Roger Myers on the line between free speech and online harassment ( bit.ly/17fsmO8 ) // talks at the end about revenge porn and right to be forgotten
#GamerGate  trolls  troll  hater  haters  harassment  gender-based  harassment  Twitter  anonymity  Facebook  comments  community  threat  of  violence  death  threat  rape  threat  free  speech  hate  speech  everyday  sexism  sexism  sexismus  Misogynie  misogyny  Patriarchy  white  male  privilege  male  privilege  privilege  straight  white  male  STEM  social  discrimination  discrimination  minority  Media  revenge  porn  TOS  Platform  society  masculinity  jock  culture  Campus  subculture  internet  culture  Tumblr  right  to  be  forgotten 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
President Obama Is Waging a War on Hackers | WIRED
war on whistleblower and investigative journalism. // "In next week’s State of the Union address, President Obama will propose new laws against hacking that could make either retweeting or clicking on the above (fictional) link illegal. The new laws make it a felony to intentionally access unauthorized information even if it’s been posted to a public website. The new laws make it a felony to traffic in information like passwords, where “trafficking” includes posting a link. [...] But they are blunt political solutions which reflect no technical understanding of the problem." // &! huffingtonpost.com/2015/01/20/obama-hackers_n_6511700.html &! entrepreneur.com/article/242099 &! america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/1/in-obamas-war-on-hackers-everyone-loses.html "Both steps would not only be ineffective at improving cybersecurity in any practical sense but also further empower the government to go after activists and journalists such as Barrett Brown,
Anti-Hacking  Legislation  presidency  barackobama  cyber  war  Whistleblower  investigative  journalism  journalism  journalismus  Barrett  Brown  Aaron  Swartz  STEM  Career  Politicians  policy  error  policy  folly  NSA  CIA  surveillance  state  Orwellian  free  speech  freedom  of  press  Information  wants  to  be  free  Pressefreiheit  Meinungsfreiheit  white  hat  hacker  free  press  Checks  and  Balances  Separation  of  powers  democracy  accountability  Political  Governance  corporate  oversight  abuse  of  power  Foreign  Intelligence  Five  Eyes  GCHQ 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
The French government can now force ISPs to block websites without a court order | PandoDaily
Efforts to grant the French government the ability to control which websites are allowed inside the country accelerated after the shooting at Charlie Hebdo’s office on January 7. The government has also threatened to consider companies like Facebook and Google “accomplices” to hate-speech if they don’t remove extremist content from their properties. That’s the unfortunate irony of the Charlie Hebdo attack: an effort to silence a magazine which has since become an idol for free speech has led France and the United Kingdom to propose or introduce laws that limit speech through direct censorship and intimidation. [...] Internet content, France once again circumvents the judicial power, betraying the separation of powers in limiting what is the first freedom of all in a democracy — freedom of speech. // invites also abuse of the system. say one hacks ones business website, uploads illegal stuff, reports website, gets blocked 24hrs later, business has no website/business for 3 months.
free  speech  censorship  self-censorship  War  on  Terror  abuse  of  power  democracy  Separation  of  powers  Platform  Open  Platform  unintended  consequences  short-term  thinking  short-term  view  freedom  of  press  Information  wants  to  be  free  freespeech  free  press  France 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple may have compromised everyone’s security for access to China | PandoDaily
But if Apple really did provide access to the iPhone operating system’s source code, it should admit as much so people know the degree to which their security may be compromised, all for the sake of Apple’s business ambitions.
Appel  iPhone  China  cyber  security  internet  security  Wall  Street  Don't  be  evil  corporate  governance  surveillance  state  surveillance  Privacy  Privacy  USA  encryption  backdoor  man-in-the-middle  Whistleblower 
january 2015 by asterisk2a
Yesterday the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation... - Creative Commons
... see comments. also see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tesla_Motors#Technology_sharing &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8654831 &! https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8685291 >> Nature makes all articles free to view (nature.com) "For those not in the know, Nature is THE journal to be in if you want to be successful in bioscience. It is peer reviewed, fairly exclusive, and they generally only publish game changer style science. If you are in science, and you get a first author Nature paper, your ticket is punched and you are about to have a moderately successful career."
Aaron  Swartz  Creative  Commons  research  Information  wants  to  be  free  knowledge  worker  knowledge  economy  knowledge  Tesla  Motors  Elon  Musk  21stcentury  Mobile  Creative  Mobile  Creatives  Collaborative  collaboration  Future  of  Work  patent  patent  troll  research  papers  education  policy  Public 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
In an attempt to increase its influence over the media, Facebook makes publishers an offer they should refuse | PandoDaily
That kind of wholesale transfer of content sends a cold, dark chill down the collective spine of publishers, both traditional and digital insurgents alike. If Facebook’s mobile app hosted publishers’ pages, the relationship with customers, most of the data about what they did and the reading experience would all belong to the platform. Media companies would essentially be serfs in a kingdom that Facebook owns. [...] & Facebook might be bad, but Google is even worse. [...] & Facebook as it exists now has a notable effect on the way news is discovered, read, and shared, but it pales in comparison to Google’s control over how so much information is found online.
Facebook  Twitter  Google  Google+  Google  News  Google  Search  linkedin  content  discovery  business  model  Platform  TOS  YouTube  Tumblr  content  journalism  journalismus  digital  content  Information  wants  to  be  free  content  creator  content  distribution  discovery  pageviews  Social  Media 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
The True Cost of YouTube's Library of Everything | Motherboard
No matter how much or little he or she generated, in all likelihood TheKhanly, who could not be reached for comment, has made far more money off  Follow The Leader than a weed dealer does off an ounce of kush, or a sex worker off a common trick. [WRONG! Content ID program channels ad rev to rights owner. stupid.]
YouTube  Content  ID  Piracy  Content  Piracy  Information  wants  to  be  free  RIAA  MPAA  Remix  Culture  Google 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Social Networks And Directories Main Target Of European Search De-Listing Requests | TechCrunch
There was some interesting data released about Europe’s “right to be forgotten” court ruling. Although the RTBF ruling has drawn the loudest and angriest criticism from search engines, free speech advocates, and the press, the perceived risks to the freedom of the press and ‘human knowledge’ are being exaggerated.
right  to  be  forgotten 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
BBC News - Thousands of Britons seek 'right to be forgotten'
One in 10 requests for web links to be removed from search results under European "right to be forgotten" laws have come from the UK, Google has said. Google said it had removed 498,737 links from search results since May this year - including 63,616 pages following requests from the UK. It said 18,304 requests were made in the UK, the third highest in the EU. It follows a European Court of Justice ruling that links to irrelevant and outdated data can be erased on request. The ruling sparked criticisms over censorship of material. According to data released on its website, Google removed 35% - or 18,459 - of unwanted links to web pages following requests from the UK.
right  to  be  forgotten 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Google Suffers New Privacy Setback in Japan - WSJ
The Tokyo District Court on Thursday issued an injunction, ordering Google to remove some Internet search results about a Japanese man that are considered to be violating his privacy, representatives from both sides said. Though the Tokyo court order has far less sweeping implications than the precedent-setting ruling by the European Court of Justice, it touches on similar issues. The court ordered Google to delete about 120 of 230 search results that lead to articles hinting that the man was involved in criminal activity in the past, the lawyer’s office said. The plaintiff requested an injunction in June from the Tokyo court as he felt his life was endangered by the results that came up when his name was entered in a Google search, it said. “This is good news for those who feel their lives are threatened and are sickened physically and psychologically by Google’s search results,” the plaintiff’s lawyer, Tomohiro Kanda,
right  to  be  forgotten  Google 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Mark Zuckerberg - I’m in Delhi, India for our first Internet.org...
reaching the next +2-3 billion people on their newly purchased, connected to the world - phones. Making them familiar with FB, Google and Co. The next +2-3 billion customers.
Internet.org  Facebook  Mark  Zuckerberg  Google  BRIC  MINT  Frontier  Markets  Africa  Wikipedia  Information  wants  to  be  free  Developing  World 
october 2014 by asterisk2a
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests - NYTimes.com
Google Details Problems With Handling Right to Be Forgotten Requests — LONDON - Google says complying with Europe's so-called right to be forgotten ruling is getting complicated. — In a lengthy response to questions from the region's data regulators, the search giant …
right  to  be  forgotten 
august 2014 by asterisk2a
The Tulisa Sting Wasn't Just Classist, It Was Informed by a Racism That Associated Her With Criminality | NOISEY
Yesterday Tulisa walked free from a drug trial that had the potential to destroy her career. It was collapsed by a judge who deemed that the reporter who led the sting had lied at a pre-trial hearing. There was always something trap like about it - a cynical show orchestrated to drag a successful woman through the dirt. [...] || http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Sun_(United_Kingdom) & http://bit.ly/X4YM9x || http://www.bbc.co.uk/newsbeat/28514496 || http://bit.ly/1nOai4e || http://bit.ly/1lNVgWw || Guardian - http://bit.ly/19YuydX || http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b04d59pw || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28520596 || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-28523744 || http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-28406152
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Google wants us to forget about its near-total monopoly over what we know | PandoDaily
In the Big Controversy over Google being forced by EUcrats to delete a 2007 BBC story about one of the villains of the Financial Meltdown, former Merrill Lynch chairman Stan O’Neal, the debate has so far been limited to “freedom of the press” versus “our right to privacy.” It’s the perfect frame of debate, from Google’s point of view, because it diverts us from the real problem that brought us to this point in the first place: Google’s enormous monopoly power over “what we know”—or at least, what we think we know. If it’s not Google-able, it’s presumed to have been deleted from the historical record. And that presumption is based on the way most of us search or source information. +++ http://pando.com/2014/07/04/google-admits-that-the-censorship-of-news-articles-was-its-fault-not-a-european-courts/ + http://bit.ly/1tfu3VC
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Google in quandary over how to uphold EU privacy ruling | Reuters
After putting up the online form in the early hours of Friday, Google received 12,000 requests across Europe, sometimes averaging 20 per minute, by late in the day, the company said. "The court's ruling requires Google to make difficult judgements about an individual's right to be forgotten and the public's right to know," a Google spokesman said. Next week representatives from the EU's 28 data protection authorities are due to discuss the implications of the ruling at a two-day meeting. Digital rights campaigners say the EU authorities need to agree on a common approach to guide the search engine companies. "Companies should not be tasked with balancing fundamental rights or making decisions on the appropriateness, lawfulness, or relevance of information they did not publish," said Raegan MacDonald, European policy manager at Access, a digital rights organization. + http://pando.com/2014/05/30/like-it-or-not-googles-censorship-tool-is-here/
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
On Google's Right to Know vs. Europe's Right to Be Forgotten | New Republic
Since Google is in the information business, any efforts to regulate it are inevitably represented as censorship—as Eric Schmidt's remark on the right to know reveals. But of course, the information in question is not eliminated in its entirely. One can still find it, albeit at a higher cost—it is just made less visible. The motto of "The Circle," the company at the center of Dave Eggers' eponymous dystopian novel about a high-tech giant with an eerie resemblance to Google, is “Secrets are lies. Caring is sharing. Privacy is theft.” Well, to those three we can now add the fourth: Regulation is censorship.
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
On Google's new Search Algo Push/Update - Called Panda.
Lesson Learned. Don't build your business on other peoples platform. Even if it is search. Meaning if your business is primarily impressions/unique visitors coming in via search, or even Social Media (FB - newsfeed algo, Twitter - noise + search algo, Pinterest - search algo, Amazon - product search) ... then you have one more thing to worry about every day - because you can't fix it if they break it for you. +++ http://recode.net/2014/05/23/yes-google-punished-ebay-for-bad-seo-practices-but-it-wasnt-part-of-panda-update/
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