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With the simple dictum "don't be evil" as its motto, the Internet software giant Google -- which ranked as the third-highest lobbying spender in the tech industry in 2010 -- wages an aggressive image and relations campaign with an international public, and its strategy is evolving. (more)

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Is there a social consequence to the increasing numbers of consumers who expect to get information and entertainment for nothing? Can there be too much of a good thing? "Appetite for Self-Destruction: The Spectacular Crash of the Record Industry in the Digital Age” by Steve Knopper provides a useful autopsy.

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While not to be confused with piracy on the high seas, a Swedish court has ordered that the four founders of The Pirate Bay, the most renowned file-sharing Web site on the Internet, should be jailed for one year after being found guilty of breaking copyright law. All this for a site that provides user-submitted links to media, not storage of the media itself.

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