Quoted – Google Begins Buttressing Its Net Neutrality Argument

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fter a few days of absorbing the criticism of its joint proposal with VerizonGoogle (Nasdaq: GOOG) — a company that was once counted as a stalwart in the push for Net neutrality — is defending itself.

In a nutshell, the plan calls for excluding the mobile Internet from most of the consumer protections that would apply to the wired Internet. It would allow the creation of a “private” Internet, where service providers such as Verizon could offer as-yet-undefined broadband services.

Both companies were hit with a wave of criticism following their announcement, but the comments aimed at Google have been more withering because of the perception that it has sacrificed Net neutrality principles.

In making its defense, Google noted that even if people don’t agree with all of its points, the proposal at least represents progress toward resolving what has become a contentious issue. It also took pains to address what it called several “myths” circulating about the proposal, starting with the notion that Google has sold out on Net neutrality. (Its rebuttal: No progress was being made in Washington, and partnering with a provider would move the debate forward.)

Average citizens may not understand all the nuances of Net neutrality policy, but they are starting to hear about it one way or another, if only because of the ink devoted to the joint Google-Verizon proposal, said Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College.

It is the type of debate that can easily devolve into evil versus good, he observed, depending on who is framing the issue.

“I think at a certain level, people’s gut reaction when they hear the bare-bones argument is to side with Net neutrality,” said Testa. “People are leery of the Internet being “controlled” by any one party.”

http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Google-Begins-Buttressing-Its-Net-Neutrality-Argument-70618.html?wlc=1281823953

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Quoted – Beyond the Nexus: Does Google Have More Android Goodies Tucked Away? – Linuxinsider.com

Beyond the Nexus: Does Google Have More Android Goodies Tucked Away?

Google seems to have held little back about its Nexus One smartphone, if leaked documents are the real deal. That has led to speculation that it may have more surprises in store for its Android-related press event scheduled for next Tuesday. Changes to the open source mobile operating system, perhaps? More handsets built by other manufacturers?

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) will be introducing its Nexus One smartphone device next Tuesday, it appears certain. Not that Google has said as much: All the the company has announced is that it will hold an “Android related” press conference on Jan. 5, a day identified in prior rumor accounts as the Google phone’s launch date.

It Feels Right

Everything about the announcement — the timing of it, prior leaks about the strategy Download Free eBook - The Edge of Success: 9 Building Blocks to Double Your Sales, and the expected Tuesday preview — makes sense.

“They are being smart announcing it before CES,” Scott Testa, a business professor at Cabrini College, told TechNewsWorld.

There will almost certainly be several mobile announcements of comparable excitement value at the conference, he suggested. “The future of computing is mobile — the industry knows that and is moving towards it.”

Former Partners?

The only surprise left is how — or whether — Google intends to soothe its Android partners’ bruised feelings, said Testa. “This is something that could easily cause a rift with partners that took a chance on Android, invested in it, only to see Google compete with them. If I am Motorola (NYSE: MOT) or T-Mobile, I would not be happy right now at all.”

Google appears to have no shame, however, he remarked. “If anything, this shows it is willing to go aggressively after the markets it wants.”

Still, it will probably want to make some kind of overture to keep its partners happy, he said.

http://www.linuxinsider.com/story/Beyond-the-Nexus-Does-Google-Have-More-Android-Goodies-Tucked-Away-69007.html

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Facebook Prepares To Launch Live Video Chat Product

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Facebook is designing a live video chat product to compete with the features of Google‘s Gmail product.

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Oprah does Twitter

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Oprah does Twitter

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Google losing it’s Mojo?

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Google just cannot grow as quickly given its size.  Although Google contiues to take marketshare from Microsoft and Yahoo it is being hurt by the economy like everyone else.

My quote from Ecommerce Times on Google’s Growth slowing – http://www.ecommercetimes.com/story/Google-Lumbers-In-With-Modest-Q1-Growth-66840.html

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