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2008-09-14 12:00:13

By Joe Nocera A few days ago, a lawyer representing an entrepreneur called Dan Savage sent the U.S. Department of Justice a nine-page, 4,000-word letter. Savage, 59, runs Sourcetool.com, a business-to-business Web site that acts as a directory, listing - and ranking - hundreds of thousands of companies that sell industrial products. Like many Internet entrepreneurs, Savage, who started his company in 2005, built his business model around Google. Using Google's AdWords program, he proposed...

2008-09-10 03:00:10

In writing this editorial, we added a half-dozen Google searches to the 65 million that are made on the Internet search engine each hour around the world. We could have clicked on ads that brought Google nearly $20 billion during the last four quarters. Tallying all those clicks, which advertisers pay for, amounts to some $2.2 million an hour and adds to Google's $142 billion market value (compared with Microsoft's $241 billion market value). We mention Microsoft because Google has...

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2008-09-09 13:45:00

In response to continued pressure from the EU over its privacy policy, Google will halve the amount of time it stores users' personal search data. Google said it would make identifiable IP addresses anonymous on its server logs after nine months. Respecting users' privacy is "fundamental to earning and keeping their trust," Google said. An EU advisory body in April recommended search engines should delete personal data within six months. Information from each search query is collected and...

2008-09-08 00:00:05

By Michael Liedtke The Associated Press MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - When Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google Inc. on Sept. 7, 1998, they had little more than their ingenuity, four computers and an investor's $100,000 bet on their belief that an Internet search engine could change the world. It sounded preposterous 10 years ago, but look now: Google draws upon a gargantuan computer network, nearly 20,000 employees and a $150 billion market value to redefine media, marketing and...

2008-09-07 00:00:08

By Emily Dugan Google once reviled computer superpowers but domination is just what it is achieving - and goodwill is evaporating, finds Emily Dugan There are not many companies whose trade names have become verbs. And there must be even fewer who would view this as a cause for concern. But when Google entered the dictionary in 2006, the directors seemed furious. Instead of celebrating their status as the ultimate household name, they were found muttering darkly about "brand dilution"...

2008-08-15 03:00:16

By Swartz, Nikki A European advisory body has determined that there is no reason for search engines to retain search information for longer than six months. The Artide 29 Working Party, whose recommendations are usually adopted by the European Commission, directed in its recently released report that search engines should retain any personal information they collect about their online users no longer than is necessary for the specific purposes of processing and not more than six months in...

2008-08-01 06:00:19

By Saul Hansell Many things are scarier when they are in the shadows. This is especially true when it comes to the ways big companies gather and use data about us. Google, which gathers a lot of data and to some is increasingly scary, has decided to shine a spotlight on one way it is using all that information. According to a blog post on Wednesday, Google will start explaining how it customizes the search results it displays. Google uses its best guess about where you are and sometimes...

2008-07-31 18:00:26

WASHINGTON, July 31 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Today, Google is under fire for issuing contradictory statements on privacy: In California, Google responded to California State Assemblyman Joel Anderson's (R-San Diego) concerns about Google's privacy policies yesterday by stating that "Google takes privacy very seriously." However, in Pennsylvania court documents released the same day, Google stated "privacy does not exist." Google's privacy statements yesterday came on the heels of...

2008-07-16 00:00:08

Websites such as YouTube should be subject to increased regulation to protect intellectual property rights, according to a leading media lawyer. Simon Levine, global head of technology, media and commercial group at DLA Piper, said that a profitable industry has developed on the internet based on the use of other people's content. But he warned that such regulation may be very difficult to achieve, given the different legal jurisdictions that exist between nations. His call comes as...

2008-07-14 12:00:30

By Sarah Jenkins In the blogosphere, the billion-dollar clash between Viacom and YouTube is being portrayed as a battle of media giants, with "old" media behemoth Viacom out to strip away everything fun from "new" media phenomenon YouTube and its millions of Web viewers. It's also pitched as YouTube as the protector of prized Internet privacy, with Viacom -- and the federal judge who ruled in the corporation's favor last week -- primed to find out everything about who YouTube users are and...


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negawatt
  • A unit of saved energy.
Coined by Amory Lovins, chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute as a contraction of negative watt on the model of similar compounds like megawatt.