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Thursday, March 25, 2010

Novel Simplicity: Google Gets a Design Patent | %Business_and_Tax_Layer_Blog%

Novel Simplicity: Google Gets a Design Patent | Business_and_Tax_Layer_Blog

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Google Bookmarks Gets Public and Private Lists, Collaboration Tools

Frederic Lardinois writes that Google Bookmarks Gets Public and Private Lists, Collaboration Tools.

Internet Censorship in China

The Censorship Battles between Google and China continues as the BBC writes in China condemns decision by Google to lift censorship.

Read in this regard
Internet Censorship in China
by the Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center, which writes:
"Foreign visitors in China frequently complain to me that they could not access certain websites during their stay in China. Indeed, certain news websites, websites related to certain religious organizations (most of them are illegal in China), as well as some pornographic websites are inaccessible from China. Surprisingly enough, our website, the website of Los Angeles Chinese Learning Center at http://chinese-school.netfirms.com is also blocked by the Chinese government. (Through our recent efforts, the site has been unblocked by the Chinese government. Currently, we are offering the service to unblock your website from China)

In a well researched paper titled 'Documentation of Internet Filtering Worldwide' by Jonathan Zittrain and Benjamin Edelman from Harvard Law School tested approximately two hundred thousand websites by dial-up link and through proxy servers in China. From May 2002 through November 2002, 19,032 websites rendered inaccessible. These sites contained information about news, politics, health, commerce, and entertainment. Please visit http://cyber.law.harvard.edu/filtering/china/ for details."
If I ran Google search, I would - just to give the Chinese a taste of their own medicine - block all pages that have anything to do with China - for let us say a month, just to teach them a lesson. Some people do not learn any other way.

China, Google and Search Censorship Battle Continues

BBC News - China condemns decision by Google to lift censorship

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Google YouTube Auto-Captions by Google's Speech Technology

Google YouTube Auto-Captions:
posted by Olga Kharif at Business Week, March 05, 2010
by Guest Blogger Suzanne Robitaille
"Ah, video and search. Frank Sinatra said it best: Try, try, try to separate them – it’s an illusion. Here’s proof of that: Speech Technology. This week, Google sealed the deal on video search capabilities for its YouTube portal, saying it would provide auto-captions for all of its uploaded videos using proprietary Google’s Speech Technology."
Read the full posting here.

Friday, March 05, 2010

The Antithesis of Justice : Criminal Convictions in Italy of Google Execs Point to Flaws in European Union (EU) Law

We posted about this absurd case previously at LawPundit.

Struan Robertson, editor of out-law.com, writes on March 3, 2010 in Google convictions reveal two flaws in EU law, not just Italian law inter alia as follows regarding the inexcusable criminal convictions of Google execs - made in absentia in Italy - for alleged untimely takedown of criminally offending video material posted online by youthful criminals in Italy and totally unknown to Google execs at the time for which their criminal conviction for non-action applies:
"Web hosts are unfairly exposed all across the EU and two legal changes are needed....

Problem 1: An unreasonable caveat to safe harbour....

Problem 2: We don't know enough about notice and takedown...."
Read the whole posting here.

Robertson in our opinion in focusing on the ill-drafted EU laws and on the shambles of law in Italy is much too lax with the misguided officials in Italy and with the responsible lawmakers in the European Union, all of whom are much more directly at fault than Google for the appearance of the offending video.

Why have government officials in Italy and the EU not instituted effective procedures in their own law enforcement systems to timely catch criminal postings in their areas of jurisdiction - AS IS THEIR JOB, rather than putting the entire onus of "policing" on Google or other online providers. Why should Google be more effective in catching criminals than THE government institutions are - it is not Google's line of business at all.

Everyone always wants to put the blame on the other guy, rather than honestly shouldering their true part of the blame themselves. Policing is a responsibility of government institutions and not of Google. Maybe nations and communities should not have 90% of their officers playing cops and robbers with normal citizens for minor things like traffic violations etc. - and should direct more of the attention of their own State employees to combatting real crime. Now - THAT would be a major change.

If the purpose of Italy's convictions is to seek scapegoats, which the guilty often do to ward culpability away from themselves, it would be equally logical to issue criminal convictions for all those in Italy and the EU responsible for what happened in the instant video case, and we would not stop at judges, legislators and officials, but would also include the teachers and parents of the criminals, who were unable to keep the offenders from doing their offensive acts. Google is at the end of a very long chain of societal and legal blunders and errors which create criminal offenders to begin with.

As it now stands, the people FURTHEST REMOVED from the actual criminal video activity have been held criminally responsible rather than those CLOSEST to it. How convenient for all of the institutions involved, whose members via overinflated salaries are all stuffing their pockets with taxpayer monies but of course disclaiming any responsibility themselves for the state of affairs in their own jurisdiction. Some distant executive from a far-away jurisdiction will be picked to shoulder the blame - a blame which ITALY and the EU rightly should share among themselves.

That is not a miscarriage of justice. It is the ANTITHESIS of justice.

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