5 Reasons the Cloud and Mobile Are Inevitable

Kyle Cebull, Smart Data Collective,  Friday, April 17, 2015

A lot of people think that, like the internet, the cloud is just a fad. Sorry to burst your bubble, but this so-called fad is gaining some serious momentum. According to a recent Siliconangle.com article, throughout the next five years, a 44% annual growth in workloads for the public cloud is expected. With Millennials demanding that small businesses revolutionize their processes and workflows, more and more companies are jumping into the cloud to help streamline workflows and bring mobility to their workforce. But it’s not for nothing, because the same article reports that 80% of cloud adopters saw improvements within 6 months of moving to the cloud. If you’re questioning the way things are moving or just aren’t on board with the cloud, here are a few reasons that we’re saying that the cloud and mobile are inevitable.

Europe Antitrust Chief Makes Case for Google Charges

Brent Kendall, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, April 17, 2015

“It is important to be more speedy in getting the question out, to be able for Google, for competitors, but most of all for consumers to see our concern,” she said. The case could potentially establish a broader precedent for other instances in which Google favors its own products and services over others, she said.

Is Android a threat to privacy?

Jeff Gould by Jeff Gould, SafeGov.org
Friday, April 17, 2015

This week the European Commission took not one but two momentous actions against Google. The first  was the filing of formal antitrust charges accusing Google of abuse of dominance in online search. The second, was the launch of an investigation into Google’s practice of forcing mobile device manufacturers to use its purportedly open source Android operating system in only the way that Google prefers. Android of course is the world’s most widely used operating system, with a rapidly growing user base that now numbers more than one billion. While we usually think of it as something for consumers, Android devices are also used in countless enterprises, schools and government agencies. It’s worth taking a look at what the EU’s Android investigation means for those users.

EU and Google

Tracy Mitrano, Inside Higher Ed,  Thursday, April 16, 2015

Because this action will likely stretch out for a long time, this blog post is not intended to be definitive on the subject but an introduction. At first blush, there are three main reasons why the E.U. antitrust action against Google is significant to U.S. higher education.

Big Data Looms as Next Battle in Europe

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Thursday, April 16, 2015

As Google Inc. prepares to fight charges that it has violated Europe’s competition rules, lawyers here are already limbering up for the next battle: big data. At issue: whether the way that major technology companies such as Google and Facebook Inc. mine people’s personal data should worry antitrust officials. Personal data is an increasingly important asset for digital businesses, some experts argue, even though people hand it over voluntarily when they use free online services. Major Internet firms compile huge data sets that could, these experts say, give them an unfair edge because they effectively act as a barrier to new competition. Incumbent firms might have developed such sophisticated profiles of consumers, and can target advertising with such precision, that new rivals cannot hope to catch up. as well -- a fear that a handful of companies end up dominating the whole economy at the expense of all consumers.

EU Antitrust Action Today Is Just the Beginning of Google's Troubles in Europe

Nathan Newman, Huffington Post,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

And this is where the European Commission may be taking the first steps towards even bolder action in the online world. Just last week, EU Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said that in addition to the current antitrust probe, the EU will be exploring how companies' control of personal data gives them unfair power in the marketplace. In a speech, she argued: Some companies, while apparently not generating euros or cents, still make money because holding very large volumes of data generates value. ... Many people still don't realize that sites that appear to be free are actually paid for by the information you provide through your searches and behavior online. The EU has never looked at control of personal data as an antitrust issue, so this represents a critical shift by the Commission. As regulators begin focusing on this issue, one we've argued at Data Justice is critical for understanding growing exploitation and economic inequality in the new information-driven economy, Google and other big-data platforms are only going to come under increasing political fire. The action today is ultimately going to be less about one company than about Europe signalling that a totally new approach to promoting competition and equity in data-driven markets is needed. In a speech this week, EU Data Minister Günther Oettinger argued for just this kind of new approach to regulation by European regulators, one that replaced "locked environments and platforms" with platforms that "must be more open and interoperable."

EU says Google hurt consumers and competitors in Internet search case

Alastair Macdonald and Julia Fioretti, Reuters,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The European Union accused Google Inc on Wednesday of cheating consumers and competitors by distorting Web search results to favor its own shopping service, after a five-year investigation that could change the rules for business online. It also launched another antitrust investigation into the Android mobile operating system, a key element in the U.S. tech giant's strategy to maintain revenues from online advertising as people switch from Web browser searches to smartphone apps.

What Is at the Heart of Complaint Against Google?

Alistair Barr, Wall Street journal,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

At the heart of the European Commission’s antitrust complaint against Google Inc. is the search giant’s alleged practice of highlighting its own shopping services in response to search queries, ahead of links to similar services run by rivals.

SafeGov.org statement on European Commission action against Google, Inc.

SafeGov.org,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

in response to the European Commission’s actions against Google finding that the company has abused its dominant share of Europe’s online search market and launching a formal investigation into Google’s Android platform, SafeGov calls the following three conclusions to the attention of public and private sector users:

Europe accuses Google of illegally abusing its dominance

Peter Spiegel, Alex Barker, Christian Oliver, Anne-Sylvaine Chassany and Richard Waters, Financial Times,  Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The EU’s antitrust chief has formally accused Google of illegally using its dominance in online search to steer European consumers to its own in-house shopping services in the opening salvo of what is expected to be a defining competition case of the internet era.