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[News] Google Drops the "Do No Evil" Motto

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Residents challenge Google camera

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| Police were called to Broughton, near Milton Keynes, after residents staged 
| the protest accusing Google of invading their privacy and "facilitating  
| crime". 


Gang of villagers chase away Google car



Google seeks patent on networking site

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| NEW DELHI: World's most visited Internet search site Google has filed a
| patent application in the country for its recently developed social network
| site based on user preferences and format performance data.


Google's ad plans for Silverlight prompt questions for Microsoft

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| Google Inc. said Tuesday that its DoubleClick subsidiary will begin powering
| video advertising within Microsoft's Silverlight 2 rich-media player,
| prompting some observers to question the implications for Microsoft's own
| online advertising strategy.


Google learns to crawl Flash

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| In the past, web designers faced challenges if they chose to develop a site
| in Flash because the content they included was not indexable by search
| engines. They needed to make extra effort to ensure that their content was
| also presented in another way that search engines could find.


Google Code blacklists Mozilla Public License

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| The Mozilla Public License (MPL) is the latest casualty of Google's decision
| to remove open-source licenses from its popular code hosting service.
| The search giant has said Google Code is no longer accepting projects
| licensed under MPL, although existing MPL-licensed code is allowed to stay.
| The move comes two years after Google Code launched, when MPL was one of just
| seven licenses Google allowed developers to use. Others included Apache, BSD
| and the Free Software Foundation's GPL and LGPL.
| Google's MPL ban follows the block on FSF's Affero GPL. That decision's seen
| a number of projects abandon Google Code for rival hosts.


Google Is Evil in a Flash

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| What that means in practice is that one of the major downsides of using
| Flash – its invisibility to search engines like Google - has partly
| disappeared. That, in turn, is likely to encourage more Web designers to
| incorporate it into their sites – making the experience more like television
| than the Internet. Flash not only takes the control away from the visitor, it
| renders its content opaque in terms of links.


Google is God

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| For something I’m working on, I compiled a bunch of stats on Google (sorry, I 
| didn’t intend to blog it and so I didn’t capture all the links, but I found 
| the collection so compelling I thought I’d share it):  
| • Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.” – 
| Times of London, 1/29/06 



Google to recruit a bevy of Europeans lobbyists

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| Google, the search engine heavyweight, is no longer prepared to
| stay out of the business of fashioning the political environment
| for decisions made in Europe. For lobbying work on its behalf the
| company is at present searching in numerous large European cities
| for politics-savvy lawyers; one such "European Policy Counsel"
| position will be available in Hamburg/Berlin.


Don't mess with Google's astroturf squad

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| Long before it employed bloggers to do the job for it, Microsoft hired
| sympathetic members of the public to make its case in online forums,
| posing as disinterested citizens. Things got much more professional as
| the antitrust trial unfurled. After hiring DCI in the late 1990s,
| Microsoft created two new trade groups, the Association for Competitive
| Technology (ACT), and the Americans for Technology Leadership (ALT),
| and marshaled campaigns such as "Freedom to Innovate" - encouraging
| Windows users the chance to make spontaneous gestures of support for
| Chairman Bill.
| These weren't always too successful. A campaign in 2001 to petition 17
| state's Attorney Generals - who had pooled resources to bring their
| own antitrust action against Microsoft - resulted in supportive letters
| being written by dead people.
| And the astroturf taint continues today.
| Most recently, a spoof video portraying Al Gore as a Penguin was reported
| to have originated from a computer registered to the DCI Group, although
| the lobby group said it did not fund or approve the video.


Google Hires Former DOJ Lawyer to Lobby

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| Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to 
| disclose activities that could influence members of the
| executive and legislative branches. They must register 
| with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.

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