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Google-topman Eric Schmidt zegt “erg trots” te zijn op een belastingconstructie die het in staat stelt om minder belasting af te dragen. “We zijn kapitalistisch en er trots op.” In een interview met persbureau Bloomberg verdedigde Schmidt zijn bedrijf tegen de felle kritiek die het heeft gekregen in verschillende Europese landen voor zijn belastingpraktijken. Amerikaanse bedrijven als Google, Amazon en Starbucks maken daarbij handig gebruik van mazen in de wet, waardoor ze veel lagere belastingtarieven kunnen betalen dan gebruikelijk is. Zo betaalde het de Britse fiscus in 2011 6 miljoen GBP, terwijl het in dat land een omzet had van 295 miljoen GBP. Het kan dit doen, omdat Google zijn internationale hoofdkwartier heeft gevestigd in Dublin.
Door: Thomas van der Kolk − 12/12/12, 15:07 'Don't be evil', luidt het motto van Google. Maar dat geldt kennelijk niet als het om de gehate blauwe enveloppen gaat.
Google disclosed government requests for user data in the latest installment in its Transparency Report . The report documents an upward trend in requests that Google itself finds "troubling." For this fifth installment of the interactive report, Google added the ability to view aggregated court orders and other requests across all countries . From July to December 2011, governments requested information on 28,562 user accounts worldwide.
Wil Wheaton is getting some attention for highlighting what appears to be a pretty ridiculous trial balloon on the user interface design of YouTube: requiring users to be signed in to a Google+ account to up or down vote a YouTube video . Now, it appears that this is just a test, but just the fact that Google is thinking about it seems like a bad idea.
Google just sealed an acquisition deal with Katango , a company that builds algorithms for automatically sorting friends. The Kleiner Perkins-backed company was founded in 2010. The Katango team will be incorporated into the Google+ team. Katango's previous product was an iPhone app that sorted Facebook friends into lists automatically.
Over the weekend there was a bit of hoo-hah about accounts swept off Google-Plus, because they didn't have the users' real name. I don't really have an opinion about whether this is good or bad.
Like I have mentioned yesterday, it’s been a few days already since I jumped the shark and joined the bunch of early adopters who have been hammering down, and taking for a spin, the latest iteration of Google to get social with Google Plus , right after Google Wave and Google Buzz.
Google I/O 2011 has officially ended, so here's a quick "all killer, no filler" recap of everything you need to know that happened at the conference this year.
It was only last week that Google acquired SayNow, a voice messaging startup, They’re already putting them to good use. I mean really good use.
(Cross-posted from The Official Google Blog )
This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that we post every couple of weeks.
Gawker reported earlier this week that David Barksdale, a 27-year-old Google engineer used his internal clearances to access users' accounts, including the information of four minors. "It's unclear how widespread Barksdale's abuses were," says Gawker, "but in at least four cases, Barksdale spied on minors' Google accounts without their consent, according to a source close to the incidents. In an incident this spring involving a 15-year-old boy who he'd befriended, Barksdale tapped into call logs from Google Voice, Google's Internet phone service, after the boy refused to tell him the name of his new girlfriend, according to our source. After accessing the kid's account to retrieve her name and phone number, Barksdale then taunted the boy and threatened to call her." A Question of Trust
Contrary to popular opinion, the reason Yahoo’s metrics have been stagnant and its stock has lost half its value in the last two-and-a-half years isn’t because Google did search better than Yahoo.
According to the Register, Google has killed the AdSense account of Enturbulation , a site ran by Anonymous, the group that's got their panties twisted in a knot over Scientology. The reason is quite obvious: Enturbulation talks about Scientology a lot, and AdSense picks up the context wrong, serving a bunch of pro-Scientology ads there (which are, most probably, the only Scientology-related ads there are). Google's explanation for the cancellation, from their letter to Enturbulation, is this: " While going through our records recently, we found that your AdSense account has posed a significant risk to our AdWords advertisers. Since keeping your account in our publisher network may financially damage our advertisers in the future, we've decided to disable your account. "