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    No Fair Play In Microsoft's Complaint Against Google

    Microsoft has filed a complaint with the European Commission (EC) alleging unfair business practices by Google. The EC is the very same government body that hounded Microsoft for years on antitrust allegations, culminating in the company’s loss of intellectual property and billions of dollars in fines. That Microsoft now seeks … More

    Google to Back “Spine” That Could Transmit Wind Power

    Google is coming to a (future) offshore wind farm near you. In an announcement Tuesday, the technology giant said it is joining with investment firm Good Energies in a $5 billion investment to secure permitting for and begin constructing an underwater electricity transmission line. Also party to the venture is … More

    Waxman Net Neutrality Plan: Internet Regulation Lite, Anybody?

    Just days before Congress recesses for the upcoming elections, House Commerce Committee chair Henry Waxman stepped into the debate over Internet regulation yesterday, releasing draft legislation to impose certain “neutrality” rules to providers of broadband Internet service. Hammered out in negotiations over the past few weeks with the active participation … More

    FCC’s Neutrality Regulation Express Sidetracked

    The FCC’s plans for regulating the Internet through “neutrality” regulation—once considered on a fast track—was sidetracked once again yesterday as the agency announced a new round of public comments on possible regulation. It is one more twist in the drama that net neutrality has become, at least for those who … More

    Renewed License for Google, but Censorship in China Remains

    Google just announced that its Internet licensed was renewed by the Chinese government. Google originally automatically redirected google.cn users to their Hong Kong site, google.com.hk. Now, China is forcing users to click on the link for Google Hong Kong (or almost anywhere on the page) on the google.cn page. Google … More

    State's Schizophrenic Stance on Internet Freedom

    To fund or not to fund – the State Department’s Hamlet like approach to Internet freedom. Having unequivocally declared Internet freedom one of the Obama administration’s top priorities back in January, the State Department has been sending out confusingly mixed signals ever since. In fact, what is emerging is a … More

    Of Google and Governance

    Too much of the discussion of Google’s departure has focused on censorship of political ideas, as though the problem was whether a Google search of “Tiananmen” should include a 21-year old photograph of a (very brave) man standing before a line of Chinese tanks. The reality, however, is that the … More

    Google’s Redirect to Hong Kong: Not as Free and Easy as It Seems

    After trying to work with Chinese authorities and live up to its announcement in January that it would not longer censor its searches in China, Google redirected its Google.cn website to Google.com.hk.  Google argues that this move would help its mainland China users get uncensored searches via Hong Kong servers.  … More

    "Meddling" and Clinton’s Global War on Censorship

    Now, not only are we engaged in a War on Terror, but according to the U.S. State Department, apparently a Global War on Censorship. As President Barack Obama extends the hand of reconciliation to distasteful regimes, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is simultaneously declaring open war on many of these … More

    China and Google: Old (Business) News

    There may be valuable political conclusions to be drawn from the current tiff between Google and the Chinese government, but there certainly isn’t anything new on the economics or business side. Perhaps the main reason the PRC wants foreign technology and know-how is to drive foreign (and some domestic) companies … More