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Want Military Action? Look No Further Than Your Local Police

Increased militarization of domestic police departments has contributed to grotesque violations of Americans’ civil liberties, not to mention costing untold millions in tax dollars.

Posted on Aug 29, 2013 READ MORE



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No Arrests, No Responsibility Determined in Boston Attacks (Video)

Law enforcement agencies are scrambling to figure out who carried out the Boston Marathon blasts. So far there have been no arrests, no credible claims of responsibility and little information from authorities about who might have planted the explosive devices.

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 READ MORE


Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google Caught Tracking Apple Users

Sneaky, sneaky Google. The online search giant did an end run around Apple’s proprietary Web browser by jacking Safari’s privacy settings so that the Internet travels of iPhone and computer users could be followed for marketing purposes without their knowledge.

Posted on Feb 17, 2012 READ MORE



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Google Denies WikiLeaks Censorship

In a BBC interview with Eric Schmidt, Google’s outgoing chief executive, Schmidt spelled out his ambitions for Google in China as well as declaring that the search giant will deny government attempts to censor WikiLeaks documents.

Posted on Jan 28, 2011 READ MORE


Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google’s Net Income Zooms by 32 Percent

It seems Google has weathered the recession quite well, thank you. The search superpower reported a better-than-expected third-quarter increase in net income of 32 percent, signaling growing confidence in the profitability of online and mobile device advertising.

Posted on Oct 15, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Gets Lucky in China

After months of a much-publicized row over censorship of search results, Google and the Chinese state have come to an agreement that will extend the search company’s license to operate for at least another year in the world’s most populous country.

Posted on Jul 10, 2010 READ MORE



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Power to the Police at G-20

Canada’s Ontario province, possibly inspired by the decade-long assault on civil liberties in the U.S., has secretly passed a regulation allowing Toronto police to arrest anyone near the security zone for the upcoming G-20 financial summit who declines to identify himself or herself or submit to a search.

Posted on Jun 25, 2010 READ MORE


Microsoft Hunkers Down in China

Call its decision soulless and/or good business, Microsoft has decided to stay in China despite the departure of its competitor, Google, from the country after a row between the government and the search site over the censorship of Web pages.

Posted on Mar 26, 2010 READ MORE



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Google Takes a Step Away From China

In an effort to work through some of its issues with the Chinese government and circumvent Web censorship, Google is pulling its search operations out of the mainland and routing Chinese traffic through the company’s Hong Kong portal. Google will leave its engineering and business operations in China proper. (continued)

Posted on Mar 22, 2010 READ MORE


Robert Reineke of Venezuela stands by the Google booth at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Saturday, Jan. 7.
AP / Jae C. Hong

Google May Close Virtual Doors in China

Google is “99.9 percent” certain it will shut down its search engine operation in China after the government in Beijing warned the company that it was flouting the country’s censorship laws, which require limited access to content like “Tiananmen Square” and “democracy.”

Posted on Mar 13, 2010 READ MORE


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Micro-hoo Deal Announced

A long-rumored partnership between software giant Microsoft and Internet giant Yahoo has come to pass. In an effort to tag-team Google, Microsoft will combine its new Bing search engine with Yahoo’s vast advertising empire.

Posted on Jul 29, 2009 READ MORE


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Inquiry on Search Partnership

A recent advertising partnership between search giant Google and competitor Yahoo has antitrust authorities worried. Not only does a Google-Yahoo deal look ridiculous in name, but critics (such as Microsoft) say the partnership would consolidate Google’s control of Internet search ad revenue to a whopping 90 percent of U.S. market share.

Posted on Jul 2, 2008 READ MORE


Search for Missing Troops Continues Despite Threats

U.S. and Iraqi forces are continuing their search for three missing American soldiers, despite threats from the Sunni insurgent coalition that claims to have taken them as hostages. Some 4,000 troops along with helicopters, jets and unmanned aerial vehicles are involved in the effort. The Pentagon said on Monday that it believed the soldiers had fallen into enemy hands.

Posted on May 15, 2007 READ MORE


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New Technology for Bush World

New on the block: A virtual reality helmet that allows users to simulate fantasy worlds, and a personal Google search engine that allows users to scan a narrow list of sites—two inventions perfect for a president who sees only what he wants to see.

Posted on Oct 24, 2006 READ MORE


AOL’s Search Query Release Just Got Real

AOL has been taking its lumps lately (and rightly so) for releasing data on the search queries of millions of its users. If that sounds a little abstract to you, check out a few of these queries.

Posted on Aug 21, 2006 READ MORE


AOL Exposes Users

America Online recently released the search queries of more than 650,000 of its users for ?research? purposes.  The data contained three months’ worth of searches that were attached to unique user IDs.  No names were included with the release, but private information was easily gleaned from some of the queries.

Posted on Aug 8, 2006 READ MORE


Sec. Snow, Cheney Defend Bank Searches

Outgoing Secretary of the Treasury John Snow said the program to troll through the financial records of Americans without warrants is the thing “I’m proudest of .... It’s really government at its best.”

Posted on Jun 24, 2006 READ MORE


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Democrats Are Urged to Become Republicans

That’s the call from Michael Tomasky in a cover story for the American Prospect. He means republicans with a small ‘r’—defenders of the idea of a republic that serves the common good. Tomasky writes: “What the Democrats still don?t have is a philosophy, a big idea that unites their proposals and converts them from a hodgepodge of narrow and specific fixes into a vision for society.”

Posted on Jun 5, 2006 READ MORE


Amazon Changes ‘Abortion’ Queries

Until recently, a user who typed in “abortion” received a prompt asking, “Did you mean adoption?” The online retailer has since erased the prompt.

Posted on Mar 21, 2006 READ MORE


Google CFO Says Growth Is Slowing

The 800-pound gorilla’s rampage has started to slow down a bit, as evidenced by the chief financial officer’s admission that the search company will have to find new ways to boost revenue.
Related: Check out Truthdig’s eye-opening report on Google’s grasp of the intimate details of your life.

Posted on Feb 28, 2006 READ MORE


Justice Dept. Rejects Google’s Stand on Privacy

The U.S. government pushes back at the search giant, insisting that a request to examine millions of Internet users’ search queries would not violate privacy rights. This could lead to the most fevered technology trial since the Microsoft antitrust case. Check out an excellent Truthdig essay on the issue here.

Posted on Feb 27, 2006 READ MORE


Google Blacklists BMW For Gaming Search Results

The search company discovered that the carmaker was playing a shell game with its Web pages to boost traffic. | story

Posted on Feb 7, 2006 READ MORE


Spying Program Yields Few Suspects

Investigators eavesdropping on Americans in overseas calls have dismissed nearly all of them as suspects, according to the Washington Post. This is huge, because “a search cannot be judged ‘reasonable’ if it is based on evidence that experience shows to be unreliable.”
Meanwhile, feisty Russ Feingold, a Democratic senator, takes the attorney general to the cleaners for lying to him a year ago about Bush’s surveillance activities. Gonzales shoots back, “I was telling the truth then. I’m telling the truth now.” | story

Posted on Feb 6, 2006 READ MORE


Google Agrees to Censor ‘Forbidden’ Words in China

The company’s motto is “Don’t be evil,” but analysts say Google’s cash-motivated actions translate into Chinese as “Don’t be poor.” | story

Posted on Jan 25, 2006 READ MORE


Yahoo Concedes Search Race to Google

Yahoo’s chief financial officer says she’d be happy just to “maintain our market share.” | story
Even though it’s been “Game Over” in the search wars for quite some time, it’s still shocking to hear the No. 2 company be so blatant about it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


AOL and Victorias Secret
Illustration by Karen Spector

You’ve Got Jail

In case someone in the Justice Department is reading this, let me hasten to explain why I just clicked on the Victoria’s Secret online catalog photo featuring a certain “Very Sexy Lace & Mesh Garter Belt.” AOL made me do it.

Posted on Jan 24, 2006 READ MORE


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