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    Animated Taiwanese News Story Shows Google’s Plight
    "Those geniuses over at Hong Kong and Taiwan’s Next Media Animation have done it again, creating an animated video depicting Google’s current woes in the privacy and net neutrality departments.

    We all know that Google’s been having some issues of late when it comes to customer feedback — that whole deal with the joint public policy proposal released with Verizon with regard to broadband providers had tons of people asking questions about net neutrality, for instance. The FCC threw its two cents into the pot, and Facebook released a statement critical of the arrangement. Add to all that the cadre of countries fuming over privacy issues related to the search giant’s street view vehicles — South Korean police recently raided Google’s offices — and you’ve got one fine mess.

    And that’s what NMA depicts — with some cartoonish flair. Although the vid isn’t the most informative of news items, it is an interesting addition to the canon of short films this company has been releasing lately. If you’re been anywhere near a computer during the last few months (or year, for that matter), you’ve probably seen NMA’s re-enactments of events such as Lindsay Lohan’s release from jail. NMA, which has been around since September 2009, is a unit of Next Media, which produces the Apple Daily newspapers in Taiwan and Hong Kong, Next Magazine and Next TV. Recently, it’s been gaining a goodly amount of attention from U.S. blogs for its off-the-wall animations."

    there is a google backlash growing worldwide....
    any thoughts?
    Last edited by clutch1222; 08/19/2010 at 10:09 AM. Reason: fix link
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    Any time a company becomes huge it gets a backlash. I remmber the Apple backlash . Microsoft gets it all the time. There doing just fine even with there latest issues. Forgetting about the phone and Android aspect I love google. I use google mail, documents , reader etc. Absolutley love Chrome. best browser out there. so fast and all browser sync on all my pc's. My files are in the cloud on Google etc. Google will be around for a long long time.
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    Well there should be. how do you accidentally tap into networks and get personal info... are you kidding. oh you know we were just taking some street view pics and stealing information no big deal. the whole world should be suing them. and it looks like they are in the process. about time imo.
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    Suing them for what? lol.

    And people should stop having unsecured networks.
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    Google Is Anakin, Verizon Is The Emperor, And The Dark Side Is Winning
    I can’t help but analogize Google’s role in the Net Neutrality Wars with Anakin’s shift to the Dark Side in Star Wars.

    I’m watching the discussion about the policy framework to govern the Internet with the repelled fascination of a guy who, as a child, loved Star Wars Episodes 4-6 and now, as an adult, begrudgingly watches Episodes 1-3.

    In the present drama, Verizon plays the Emperor, Google plays Anakin, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plays the Old Republic, and Internet-Company-Not-Yet-Born might play Luke Skywalker—if the FCC is not blinded by the Verizon-Google Jedi mind trick and can formulate a forward-looking Internet policy framework that will foster competition and innovation.

    After the Telecommunications Act of 1996 passed, the FCC labored to crack open the Bell Empire to competition. At the time, competitive entry required vigilant oversight by the regulators of the Old Republic to ensure that the Bell companies provided their competitors with fair wholesale access to the Bells’ physical network. Competitive telecommunications prospered briefly, but were not to last, as the Old Republic’s oversight became less effectual and the formerly competitive telephone carriers reconsolidated into a new Empire, with sights set on conquering the nascent Internet.

    As the policy battles waged in Washington, D.C., Google, like a young Anakin, emerged with the motto “Don’t Be Evil.” Google—the force strong within it—entered the policy fray, serving as the leading voice for Internet startups. It grew into a formidable counterbalance to the Bell lobbying machine that had, for decades, dictated public policy at the FCC.

    Unlike the competitive entrants of the 1990s, Google and other Internet startups did not advocate for physical access to the Bell network. Instead, the rise of the Internet made it possible to provide competitive communications services by simply requiring the Bells and other Internet access providers to guarantee that they would not discriminate.

    After years of championing open Internet policies, Google is now professing to have brokered a meaningful deal with Verizon, a leading opponent of net neutrality. The proposed solution, however, could prove devastating to smaller Internet companies and consumers seeking competitive and innovative offerings. The Verizon-Google “compromise” does not apply to mobile services. But like the Jedi master who said, “These are not the Droids you’re looking for,” Verizon and Google conceal that mobile communications is the future.

    The “compromise” also allows carriers to diverge from the net neutrality commitment to provide “managed services,” an undefined carve-out that opens the door to discrimination among companies. Google’s “compromise” serves only to ensure that Google is not harmed and does nothing to protect the Internet companies of the future. It is as if Anakin were ambivalent about Luke’s birth and survival.

    I am a weary servant of the Old Republic—a former FCC staffer who had tried to inject competition and innovation into telecommunications markets during the Clinton years, and then took another brief stab as Chair of the Internet Governance Working Group of the Tech, Media and Telecom Committee for the Obama campaign. I wonder if Google believes the deal is ultimately in the best interest of the Internet? Maybe Anakin believed that his acceptance of the Dark Side was ultimately in the best interest of the Galaxy.

    To be fair, these comments were composed on my Google-enabled Droid X running on Verizon’s mobile network. Apparently, Google was able to slip this Droid into the Empire’s network, and maybe this Droid is not among the “droids they are looking for,” if I may stretch my analogy to its breaking point. But will Luke Skywalker be able to slip his droid into the empire ten years from now? Without a policy framework that fosters innovation and competition from the would-be innovators and entrepreneurs of tomorrow, we might never see Luke with his Droid-of-Tomorrow.

    Over several years I took my nephew to see Star Wars Episodes 1-3. When Anakin turned to the Dark Side, my nephew was conflicted, but still loved Anakin. When I asked him who he wanted to win—Anakin or Obi-Wan—he said Anakin without hesitation. He had grown up with Anakin and a belief that Anakin was our champion. I suspect that many of us who grew up with Google still believe that Google will be our champion for an open and innovative Internet. Like my nephew, we want to believe that underneath Vader, Anakin and the greater good will prevail. We want to believe that Google will adhere to its founding principle: “Don’t Be Evil.”
    Google Is Anakin, Verizon Is The Emperor, And The Dark Side Is Winning

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