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Would that all kings were so benevolent. Google announced today it would set aside at least $4.6 billion to purchase a slice of the public airwaves in an upcoming government auction of radio spectrum. The company is imposing one condition on its money: It will only participate, it says, if the Federal Communications Commission requires that all bidders for the radio waves be forced to adhere to principles of Internet "openness."
http://machinist.salon.com/blog/2007/07/20/google_fcc/
 

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Just read the whole article- A great development in the industry. I agree with the article when they say that it's Net Neutrality for communications airwaves. The FCC/Gov't in general has a lot more to lose if Google doesn't participate in the auction than if they did, I doubt any telcom company can match Google's 4.6bil bid, and Google is using that as bait to get the 700mhz frequency to be totally open to everyone. Go google!
 

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Originally Posted by NeRoToXeN
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BUY STOCK NOW! Its only at ~$400 a share now
If they do that then it will get really good!!

Yes google still may be a buy, they are trading @ roughly half their earnings growth...

Though your ~400 estimate is off by about ~120. Google is actually trading @ 519 a share

http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=goog

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I doubt any telcom company can match Google's 4.6bil bid,

I wouldn't be too sure about that, you should check out AT&T's earnings for this past Quarter vs Google's. If any of the big telecoms wanted this badly enough they could out bid google no problem.
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http://finance.yahoo.com/q/is?s=GOOG
 

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Go Google! Finally, if this happens, we'll ALWAYS be connected to the internet! No more war driving...
 

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Go Google! Finally, if this happens, we'll ALWAYS be connected to the internet! No more war driving...

We will always be watched too, Google like the ever vigilant parent seeking to safeguard its young...


=x-347-553961]http://www.privacyinternational.org/article.shtml?cmd[347]=x-347-553961

In terms of privacy, all the Internet Service Companies analyzed are sorely lacking, its just Google is the worst.

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* IP addresses are not considered personal information. They do not believe that they collect sensitive information.

* Vague, incomplete and possibly deceptive privacy policy. Document fails to explain detailed data processing elements or information flows.

* Generally poor track record of responding to customer complaints. Ambivalent attitude to privacy challenges (for example, complaints to EU privacy regulators over Gmail). Privacy mandate is not embedded throughout the company. Techniques and technologies frequently rolled out without adequate public consultation (e.g. Street level view).

* Will utilise Doubleclick's "Dynamic Advertising Reporting & Targeting" (DART) advanced profiling system.

* Google account holders that regularly use even a few of Google's services must accept that the company retains a large quantity of information about that user, often for an unstated or indefinite length of time, without clear limitation on subsequent use or disclosure, and without an opportunity to delete or withdraw personal data even if the user wishes to terminate the service.

* Google maintains records of all search strings and the associated IP-addresses and time stamps for at least 18 to 24 months and does not provide users with an expungement option. While it is true that many US based companies have not yet established a time frame for retention, there is a prevailing view amongst privacy experts that 18 to 24 months is unacceptable, and possibly unlawful in many parts of the world.

* Google has access to additional personal information, including hobbies, employment, address, and phone number, contained within user profiles in Orkut. Google often maintains these records even after a user has deleted his profile or removed information from Orkut.

* Google collects all search results entered through Google Toolbar and identifies all Google Toolbar users with a unique cookie that allows Google to track the user's web movement. Google does not indicate how long the information collected through Google Toolbar is retained, nor does it offer users a data expungement option in connection with the service.

* Google logs search queries in a manner that makes them personally identifiable but fails to provide users with the ability to edit or otherwise expunge records of their previous searches.

* Google fails to give users access to log information generated through their interaction with Google Maps, Google Video, Google Talk, Google Reader, Blogger and other services.

I shutter to think the whole new level of Privacy violations Google would aspire to should they acquire the 700mhz Spectrum. After all their "bread and butter" is advertising, what better way to hone their advertisement abilities than to know every single one of us on an intimate basis. I wish google supported "Net Privacy" to the same extent they support "Net Neutrality".

At least this should provide consumers more options. I don't really care what data they're collecting on me since I have nothing nasty to hide.

Still I don't think we should be relegate to such an ideology. Privacy violations are intolerable and infringe upon our inalienable rights. Thats why we have a First Amendment...
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/consti...t01/index.html
http://supreme.lp.findlaw.com/consti...ment01/19.html

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Invasion of Privacy.--Governmental power to protect the privacy interests of its citizens by penalizing publication or authorizing causes of action for publication implicates directly First Amendment rights. Privacy is a concept composed of several aspects.160 As a tort concept, it embraces at least four branches of protected interests: protection from unreasonable intrusion upon one's seclusion, from appropriation of one's name or likeness, from unreasonable publicity given to one's private life, and from publicity which unreasonably places one in a false light before the public.161

 

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There are no "Amendments" we were all lied to in High School.

We're all slaves to google - that being said I hope they use me for something cool like interspecies testing
 

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How does Google's stock not split? There must be some crazy rules goin on...lol. 519 a share? Holy crap!

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If you think 519 is high(which it is) you should check Berkshire Hathaway Class A common stock. 110,200 per share
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http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BRK-A
Berkshire Hathaway = Warren Buffett

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Last Trade:110,200.00
Trade Time:Jul 20
Change:Down 100.00 (0.09%)
Prev Close:110,300.00
Open:110,400.00

 

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Originally Posted by MasterKromm View Post
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If you think 519 is high(which it is) you should check Berkshire Hathaway Class A common stock. 110,200 per share
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http://finance.yahoo.com/q?s=BRK-A
Berkshire Hathaway = Warren Buffett
Losing 100$ .09 rofl...
 
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