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Google & Microsoft Call For Government Transparency

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In response to reports that the government has direct access to the servers of a number of leading technology companies, Google and Microsoft are calling for more transparency as it relates to their relationship with the NSA. These companies are among others to deny that the government has direct access to their servers and they want to be able to publish security requests to prove it.

Yesterday, David Drummond, chief legal officer at Google published a letter addressed to the attorney general and the head of the FBI. He wrote:

We therefore ask you to help make it possible for Google to publish in our Transparency Report aggregate numbers of national security requests, including FISA disclosures—in terms of both the number we receive and their scope. Google’s numbers would clearly show that our compliance with these requests falls far short of the claims being made. Google has nothing to hide. Read more

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FTC Announces Settlement With Google (Updated)

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The Federal Trade Commission announced this morning that it has settled its investigation of Google for anti-competitive practices, closing its probe into search bias while forcing the company to change its practices related to licensing patented mobile technologies, displaying competitors’ content in its search results and penalizing clients for advertising on search platforms other than its own.

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Google Nixes Yahoo Ad Deal

Google_Logo_Big.jpgGoogle announced Wednesday that regulatory scrutiny has caused the company to jettison plans to strike an advertising deal with Yahoo, PC Magazine reports.

“Pressing ahead risked not only a protracted legal battle but also damage to relationships with valued partners,” David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer, wrote in a blog post. “That wouldn’t have been in the long term interests of Google or our users, so we have decided to end the agreement.”

This arrangement scuttles Yahoo’s big Plan B after rejecting the Microsoft merger. Do they have a Plan C?