Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now? | The Stringer Image – latimesblogs.latimes.com It has been revealed today, thanks to Edward Snowden, that Google and other US tech companies received millions of dollars from the NSA for their compliance with the PRISM mass surveillance system. So just how close is Google to the US securitocracy? Back in 2011 I had a meeting with Eric Schmidt, the then Chairman of Google, who came out to see me with three other people while I was under house arrest.
Google invests in big South African solar project Google is taking its strategy of investing millions of dollars into clean power projects in the U.S. and focusing it on Africa for the first time. On Thursday, the search engine giant announced that it’s invested $12 million into a large — 96 MW — solar panel farm in South Africa. When built, the solar project, called Jasper Power Project, will be able to deliver enough clean power for the equivalent of 30,000 South African homes and will be built in the Northern Cape province near the town of Kimberly. California-based solar developer SolarReserve is working with South African clean power companies Intikon Energy and Kensani Group to build the project. The Jasper solar farm will cost $260 million, and the developers have closed on the financing, including other investments from Public Investment Corporation, Development Bank of South Africa and the PEACE Humansrus Trust. The same developer group was also able to raise $586 million for two other solar panel projects in South Africa.
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. Schmidt van Google 'trots' op belastingontduiking
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 ontwijkt 2 miljard dollar aan belastingen binnen een jaar - via Nederland - Nieuws
Google Documents Government Snooping 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. Dear Google: People Like You Because You're Not A Walled Garden; Please Don't Put Up Garden Walls
Google Buys Katango To Solve The Labor Of G+ Circles
Why Google cares if you use your real name 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.
Google Plus – One Social Networking Tool to Rule Them All 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 in a Nutshell: All the News You Might Have Missed 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. Google Teams Up With Twitter And SayNow To Bring Tweeting-By-Phone To Egypt
(Cross-posted from The Official Google Blog ) $10 million for Project 10^100 winners
This is part of a regular series of Google Apps updates that we post every couple of weeks. Google Apps highlights – 9/24/2010
Google's Internal Security Breach Raises Questions About Trust and the Cloud - ReadWriteCloud 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. Trying to Be Something You’re Not: Works for Drag Queens, not for Google
Google Deals A Blow To Anti-Scientology: Anonymous’ AdSense Acc