Larry Summers Says The Economy Is On The Rebound
We’re out of the economic woods. Things are looking up. Unemployment is rising. Manufacturing is moribund. Foreclosures are at all time highs. Foreigners are getting nervous about our bonds… and currency. But the crisis is over. How do we know this? The Google Index. Of all the statistics pouring into the White House every day, top economic adviser Larry Summers highlighted one Friday to make | Read More »
Google as of 9:25 EST this morning
No mention of Independence Day? Typical. But I’ll give it until tomorrow, as today is actually July 3rd. By the way, have we been attacked by aliens yet?
YouTube’s ‘How To’ on Citizen Journalism Filled With Lefty Media Types, No Conservatives
Apparently, YouTube doesn’t think that a conservative journalist has anything to say to help all you budding citizen journalists out there. A glance at the denizens of the Old Media offered up as journalism experts on the Internet video giant will show a long list of well known lefties with not a single center or center right professional in the mix. On April 30, YouTube | Read More »
Google Thinks Wikipedia Articles are a News Source
Check out the links offered at Google’s News aggregation site Google News. You will likely see half a dozen or so Wikipedia article links offered next to legitimate news organization links like Reuters and the Wall Street Journal. Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia that can be edited and re-edited ad nauseum by anyone with an internet connection anywhere in the world, but has been faulted | Read More »
Commemorating June 6
While Skanderbeg offers an appropriate tribute to the heroes of D Day, not everyone is commemorating the day the same way. If you click over to Google for example, you’ll find an unusual and unexpected tribute: I can conceive of Google choosing not to pay tribute to the heroes who saved freedom, and who bravely gave their lives. But it’s stunning that they could decide | Read More »
On D-Day Anniversary, Google Memorializes… Tetris?
It was June 6, 1944 that the crucial Normandy Landings occurred that formed the spearhead of the Allied invasion of Nazi held Europe. D-Day ultimately led to the victory of the Allies over the despotic Nazi regime. Now here we are on June 6, 2009 and, in its inimitable way, Google has decided to memorialize the important occasion by adding an image on its homepage | Read More »
ATR/CEI update on Internet access
The FCC is currently in the process of developing a National Broadband strategy. Being that this is under the Obama administration, this strategy is unlikely to be a sensible one. Early word suggests that the administration plans to take the Internet in this country and consolidate it into a single, centralized, government-run entity. ‘Competition’ will be allowed, but only under strict government controls and over | Read More »
Herbie Hancock hates free speech!
Grammy award winning jazz pianist Herbie Hancock says that large radio syndicates don’t take a “humanitarian approach” to business, which opens private companies like Clear Channel to government investigation. I see a real problem here–the idea that the government should regulate businesses based on their values is being thrown around with no regard for whether or not it is right (not to mention Constitutional). Pathetic.
Never Gonna Give You(tube) Up
I admit it. I go to YouTube a lot. A LOT. I can’t help it! There are some pretty funny videos at YouTube, along with the weird, the bizarre, the just plain disturbing, and the seriously creepy. I have a YouTube channel of my very own, in fact. Some of my videos are pretty funny too, as well as disturbing. But the relationship between YouTube | Read More »
Google greases the skids for the GDrive
Google is readying for what is possibly their most bandwidth-intensive Internet service yet: The Google Drive is reported to be a planned service to let people store all their data on Google’s servers, but access it all like a disk drive from their own home computers. Services like Youtube and Picasa already transfer large amounts of data, but the GDrive conceivably would mean the continuous, | Read More »
Google’s non-evil pose: Hand out, palm facing up
Google may be a name that evokes thoughts of flashy, new Internet technologies, or of a friendly relationship with the greater Internet community, but us critics have seen what they were up to all along. Just like any other industry titan, it takes what it can get, with government help when it must. What’s news, though, is that even the LA Times is taking notice: | Read More »
Shame on you. Every time you use Google, you are helping to destroy our planet. So says Alex Wissner-Gross, a no-good physicist from Harvard who is one of those annoying people who wants to take the fun out of everything. He has researched the carbon footprint of operating the Internet and now threatens to publish his results. According to the Sunday Times, Performing two Google | Read More »
Google Eyed Magritte: Google’s Holiday Logos and the Culture War
Google’s oddball choices of “holiday” logos have reached a new height of surreality. Though they famously almost never memorialize Easter or Columbus Day (the last Easter was in 2000, the last Columbus Day never), they did celebrate the birthdays of Marc Chagall, Diego Velazquez, Walter Gropius, Alexander Graham Bell, and the LEGO brick this year. And every year they celebrate the Persian New Year, Earth | Read More »
Obama and the Internet
The following is a partial list of Obama’s strategic advantages. By all reports, he began to put this together 2 years ahead of time, and Democratic operatives were perfecting the operations two years before that. All of this explains why Republicans almost lost in 2004 and again in 2006. 13 million e-mail addresses. $500 million raised online. 6.5 million donations from 3 million donors with | Read More »