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2010-09-09 10:51:00

SANTA MONICA, Calif., Sept. 9 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- New comments by Google CEO Eric Schmidt in Berlin show the top executive of the Internet giant fails "to recognize that the direction Google is currently heading is inexorably at odds with the notion of personal privacy," Consumer Watchdog said today. Schmidt said, among other things, "We can suggest what you should do next, what you care about. Imagine: we know where you are, we know what you like." The criticism came in a letter...

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2010-09-04 12:06:44

After a cartoon video featuring Google's chief giving away ice cream to snoop on children aired on a giant screen in Times Square, the Internet search giant updated its privacy policy."We're simplifying and updating Google's privacy policies," Mike Yang, associate general counsel of Google, said Friday in a blog. "To be clear, we aren't changing any of our privacy practices; we want to make our policies more transparent and understandable," he said.Google made its privacy policy more...

2010-02-18 07:01:00

NEW YORK, Feb. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Attorneys for Consumer Watchdog will appear in a federal court today to urge Judge Deny Chinn to reject the revised Google Books settlement because it remains anticompetitive and violates both U.S. and international law. The case in U.S. District Court's Southern District of New York stems from a suit brought by The Authors Guild and the Association of American Publishers. Consumer Watchdog is represented by Kasowitz, Benson, Torres &...

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2010-01-15 08:20:00

After Google threatened to pull out of China, the country released an official response on Thursday saying that foreign Internet companies are welcome as long as they follow the law, reported the Associated Press. At a regular ministry briefing, foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said e-mail hacking is not permitted in Beijing. E-mail hacking was just one of many issues noted by Google, who wants China to compromise on Web censorship.  "China's Internet is open," Jiang said. "China...

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...

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2008-09-05 15:50:00

It may sound preposterous with the benefit of hindsight, but only ten years ago, on September 7, 1998, Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded their new company, Google.  It all began with little more than four computers, a healthy dose of initiative, and a $100,000 investment from Sun Microsystems co-founder Andy Bechtolsheim. With that, they made their bet that an Internet search engine could change the world.  A decade later, the company now has 20,000 employees, a $150 billion...

2008-07-05 18:00:10

By Joe Nocera In early May, Google held a series of secret focus groups with employees who had children in day care facilities at the company. The purpose was to gauge their reaction to a company plan to raise the amount it charged for in-house day care by 75 percent. For infants, whose parents had been paying less than $1,500 a month, the cost would rise to more than $2,500, well above the market rate. For toddlers and preschoolers, whose parents were charged less, the price increases...

2006-08-09 23:15:12

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING (Reuters) - A rights group accused Western Internet companies on Thursday of complicity with censorship in China and called on Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to resist Beijing's demands. New York-based Human Rights Watch called the blocking of politically sensitive Web sites and search terms "arbitrary, opaque and unaccountable" and urged the publicly traded firms to be upfront with their users about censorship. "It was ironic that companies...

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2006-08-10 00:15:00

By Lindsay Beck BEIJING -- A rights group accused Western Internet companies on Thursday of complicity with censorship in China and called on Microsoft Corp., Google Inc. and Yahoo Inc. to resist Beijing's demands. New York-based Human Rights Watch called the blocking of politically sensitive Web sites and search terms "arbitrary, opaque and unaccountable" and urged the publicly traded firms to be upfront with their users about censorship. "It was ironic that companies whose existence depends...

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2006-01-27 06:38:58

WASHINGTON -- Google Inc's decision to block politically sensitive terms on its new Chinese search site has drawn the scrutiny of U.S. lawmakers, who next month will probe American technology companies that help Beijing's censors. Representatives from Google and other Internet companies have been called to a Congressional Human Rights Caucus hearing on Wednesday and to a February 16 session of the House of Representatives subcommittee on Global Human Rights. The hearings follow Google's...