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Tech at Night: Google gets its way against Obama, to everyone’s surprise?

Tech at Night

Apologies. I’ve had some technical issues tonight, and after twice nearly losing my list of links to work through… I’ll do my best, but I’m not really feeling it at this point. So sorry if I’m subpar tonight.

Two Google wins going on. Larry Page talked with FTC on antitrust and now the left is shrieking that sanity may prevail on this. Google isn’t a search monopoly. Amazon, eBay, IMDB, sites like these ensure it. Even if Bing and Duck Duck Go are having trouble breaking through, domain-specific search matters, a lot, and Google has to compete with that, or die.

That said, it’s ridiculous that Google was allowed to hack people’s browsers, store information surreptitiously, and instruct the browsers to send that information to their servers at later times. This directly against the expressed wishes and policies of the users involved. All they have to do is pay Obama his 20 pieces of silver, and they even get to keep the data.

I don’t trust a thing from Leaky Leahy, so I hope that Chuck Grassley stalls his ICPA reform amendment until we find out what’s really in there.

Darrell Issa tries to protect us from harmful Internet regulations. Will that Reddit coalition he’s been building help him, or abandon him? They’re with him in a pro-regulatory way on IRFA to favor free stuff for Internet kiddies, but will they show up for small government? Or is it just a one-way street here? Because that’s all IRFA is: weakening copyright to give free stuff to Internet kiddies.

Copyright can use a little weakening, just a little. But to encourage creative works, not to give free stuff to people. So it’s interesting to see Hollywood acting in the public interest for once.

Again, Issa’s regulatory reform concept is sound. The state of regulation isn’t great and it could only get worse if the radicals are unchecked.

Because we need both the FCC’s and ITU’s mitts off of the Internet. But the President is doing nothing.

Instead of going after Iran and China, they’re going after MetroPCS and T-Mobile, preventing a deal that would increase competition and help alleviate the spectrum cruch caused by the wireless data boom.

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