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  1. Google, Facebook, Microsoft & Others Join Forces to Fight NSA Spying

    It calls for greater transparency over how data requests are recorded, with the firms once again asking to be able to publish the number and extent of user data requests they receive. Revelations stemming from documents leaked by former NSA...

  2. Google Wins Book Lawsuit: Judge Rules Digitization Service 'Fair Use'

    The outcome of this case further backs up the fair use defense for Google, which has won cases in the past against firms, such as adult entertainment publisher Perfect 10 in 2007. As we have long said, Google Books is in compliance with copyright...

  3. SES San Francisco Keynote: Google's Matt Cutts & Patrick Thomas on Search Engine Censorship

    Should a search engine filter content such as violent images, pornography, malware, spam, personally identifiable information, hate content, hacking instructions, bomb-making instructions, pro-anorexia sites, Satanism and witchcraft, necrophilia...

  4. Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft Urge 'Greater Transparency' in PRISM Letter

    Firms including Google, Yahoo, Facebook, Microsoft, Mozilla, Apple, and Reddit have put their names to the letter, and Yahoo has provided a copy of the letter (PDF). Basic information about how the government uses its various law enforcement...

  5. Ripoff Report Launches Verified, a New Program to Shield Businesses From Negative Reviews

    SEO professionals, reputation management firms, or anyone who has any experience in how Ripoff Report works, knows how hard it is to prevent bad reviews on Ripoff Report from showing up on Google. Forbes recently published an article on Ripoff...

  6. The Dirty Lawsuit Could be First of its Kind in Reputation Management

    The outcome of this event is of particular interest to reputation management firms as well as the legal industry. How the CDA Law has protected The Dirty Before At least one lawsuit has been rejected due to the CDA Law.

  7. Google Challenges U.S. National Security Letter in Court

    Google is fighting a National Security Letter (NSL) issued by the U.S.government, with the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) acknowledging it is one of the first firms to do so. According to the EFF, Google is one of the first communications...

  8. YouTube-Viacom Copyright Lawsuit Resurrected by Appeals Court Ruling

    The two firms had previously clashed over the way YouTube handled Viacom programming, including FA Premier League matches and Comedy Central network content, which had been uploaded by users without the company's permission.

  9. Search Marketing and Social Media in Regulated Industries

    What should firms do when people write negative comments about their drugs or mention on social networks that they got sick from the drugs (i.e.adverse events")? It's not just one regulation or law that has yet to be interpreted for two-way digital...

  10. Google, Microsoft, Yahoo Working With White House on Do No Track Browsing

    The issue is particularly interesting from a UK and European perspective as it comes weeks before the so-called Cookie Law comes in to force in May, which will force firms to obtain the consent of users before deploying cookies on browsers.

  11. Biggest Search Events of 2011 & Predictions for 2012

    This could blur the boundaries between professional and social profiles, so firms will need to set out ground rules before using their workforce this way. However, if the ICO don’t back down on the cookie directive law, this could only just be the...

  12. Indian Government Pressure Facebook, Google, Twitter to Censor Content

    Facebook, Google, Twitter and other web firms are facing pressure from the Indian authorities to censor their sites for content which may defame the government or offend religious sensibilities. Google, meanwhile, said that it will take down any...

  13. Renewed Calls for Privacy Law Following Facebook FTC Settlement

    Joe Barton of Texas, have sent Facebook and other digital media firms numerous inquiries about privacy and data security practices, and co-sponsored the Do Not Track Kids Act of 2011, which sits in legislative limbo along with a host of other...

  14. SEMPO Tells Government: Don't Censor Search Engines

    That webmasters are complaining is unsurprising, but they have alternatives, including hiring SEO firms or doing their own advertising. Search is not a government-run utility, established by law and thus subject to bureaucratic oversight.