Google is God

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| For something I’m working on, I compiled a bunch of stats on Google (sorry, I
| didn’t intend to blog it and so I didn’t capture all the links, but I found
| the collection so compelling I thought I’d share it):
| • Google is the “fastest growing company in the history of the world.” –
| Times of London, 1/29/06

Europe is at least preparing to prevent lock-in (lawsuit against Apple's DRM
monopoly earlier). And now this:

EU seeks single market for online services

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| The European Commission will make proposals by mid-2008 aimed at creating a
| single European market in the burgeoning sector of online music, films, and
| games, it said on Thursday.

Well done.


Google to recruit a bevy of Europeans lobbyists

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| Google, the search engine heavyweight, is no longer prepared to
| stay out of the business of fashioning the political environment
| for decisions made in Europe. For lobbying work on its behalf the
| company is at present searching in numerous large European cities
| for politics-savvy lawyers; one such "European Policy Counsel"
| position will be available in Hamburg/Berlin.

Don't mess with Google's astroturf squad

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| Long before it employed bloggers to do the job for it, Microsoft hired
| sympathetic members of the public to make its case in online forums,
| posing as disinterested citizens. Things got much more professional as
| the antitrust trial unfurled. After hiring DCI in the late 1990s,
| Microsoft created two new trade groups, the Association for Competitive
| Technology (ACT), and the Americans for Technology Leadership (ALT),
| and marshaled campaigns such as "Freedom to Innovate" - encouraging
| Windows users the chance to make spontaneous gestures of support for
| Chairman Bill.
| These weren't always too successful. A campaign in 2001 to petition 17
| state's Attorney Generals - who had pooled resources to bring their
| own antitrust action against Microsoft - resulted in supportive letters
| being written by dead people.
| And the astroturf taint continues today.
| Most recently, a spoof video portraying Al Gore as a Penguin was reported
| to have originated from a computer registered to the DCI Group, although
| the lobby group said it did not fund or approve the video.

Google Hires Former DOJ Lawyer to Lobby

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| Under a federal law enacted in 1995, lobbyists are required to
| disclose activities that could influence members of the
| executive and legislative branches. They must register
| with Congress within 45 days of being hired or engaging in lobbying.