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posted by martyb on Wednesday November 10 2021, @03:06PM   Printer-friendly [Skip to comment(s)]
from the service-guarantees-citizenship dept.

Google sends anti-regulation propaganda to small businesses using Google Maps:

Google is quietly enlisting the help of small businesses to help protect the nearly $2 trillion company from antitrust regulations. In response to Congressional bills like the "Ending Platform Monopolies Act," which would ban platform owners from favoring their own services over the competition, Google is telling small business owners that these bills would hurt their ability to find customers online and that they should contact their congressperson about the issue.

We've seen Google do political action before, usually in the form of headline-grabbing blog posts from CEO Sundar Pichai defending the latest product-bundling scheme. The strategy here seems new, though; rather than writing a public blog post, Google is quietly targeting users who have registered business listings on Google Maps. These users report receiving unsolicited emails and an "action item" in the Google Business Profile UI that both link to Google's new anti-antitrust site.


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  • (Score: 3, Informative) by MIRV888 on Wednesday November 10 2021, @03:52PM (4 children)

    by MIRV888 (11376) on Wednesday November 10 2021, @03:52PM (#1195189)

    Google wields more power and influence than Standard Oil ever did.
    It's not like they wield global political power as private corporation.
    They don't bully nation states to get what they want.
    I'll be amazed if Google gets broken up.

    • (Score: 2, Funny) by khallow on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:21PM (2 children)

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:21PM (#1195192) Journal

      Google wields more power and influence than Standard Oil ever did.

      What makes you think that's true? Does Google control a significant energy/transportation sector? /sarc

      • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @10:10PM (1 child)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @10:10PM (#1195277)

        What makes you think that's true?

        It is the Soylentils' burden, to have to constantly be educating the khallow.

        His ideological naïveté interferes with his under standing of economics, and how business really works.

        • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday November 11 2021, @12:19AM

          by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 11 2021, @12:19AM (#1195294) Journal

          Google wields more power and influence than Standard Oil ever did.

          What makes you think that's true?

          It is the Soylentils' burden, to have to constantly be educating the khallow.

          His ideological naïveté interferes with his under standing of economics, and how business really works.

          And nothing in that post constituted "education". I find it interesting how an internet ad company is supposed to be more powerful than a 40 year monopoly in the oil sector. Who are the naive ones?

    • (Score: 3, Informative) by RedGreen on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:22PM

      by RedGreen (888) on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:22PM (#1195194)

      "I'll be amazed if Google gets broken up."

      So would I it is amazing what a little money will buy you and how little it actually takes when it comes to the parasite politicians selling out for that cash. Though this new action will be clearly seen as an abuse of their monopoly position and could be a nail in the coffin that finally gets them done for it. I am not hopeful but it seems the mood is changing towards big tech and their abuses it just might get done this time, nah who am I kidding the almighty dollar will prevail as it always does with them scummy bastard politicians. The link below I found on a query seeking how much Microsoft spent to get rid of their problem a pathetic 1.5 million that is how cheap them political whores are.

      https://www.opensecrets.org/news/2013/01/learning-from-microsofts-mistakes-g/ [opensecrets.org]

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by mcgrew on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:30PM (6 children)

    by mcgrew (701) <publish@mcgrewbooks.com> on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:30PM (#1195197) Homepage Journal

    Well, I guess THAT was a damned lie... Have you tried reading Google News on a tablet using Firefox? Like 1980s Microsoft, "DOS ain't done 'til Lotus won't run". Unlike Microsoft with Lotus, they didn't make it not work, just prone to crashes, but only in Google News. I actually contacted the FTC about it.

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    • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:38PM (5 children)

      by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:38PM (#1195201)

      I remember at least one major redesign made Google News much slower, with some Javascript infinite loop sometimes that would force you to kill the page.

      Bing News [bing.com] is a viable alternative.

      • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:58PM (4 children)

        by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:58PM (#1195209)

        Whenever google news started misbehaving for me, I reverted back to yahoo news. As long as you don't mind having to pause the videos that auto-play, it will keep you informed of the latest cavorting of the Kardashians and which middle-age celeb is sporting a bikini in posted selfies.

        Call me old-fashioned.

        • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:08PM (3 children)

          by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:08PM (#1195210)

          The youth culture really is out of control when 50 year old women still feel they have to show your their bits to stay "relevant."

          • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:45PM (1 child)

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:45PM (#1195219)

            I feel sorry for the celebs (and their agents) who are reduced to peddling soft porn on social media to make a buck.

            • (Score: 2) by Joe Desertrat on Thursday November 11 2021, @08:57PM

              by Joe Desertrat (2454) on Thursday November 11 2021, @08:57PM (#1195498)

              I feel sorry for the celebs (and their agents) who are reduced to peddling soft porn on social media to make a buck.

              Why? They are still doing better than most of us who actually work for a living.

          • (Score: 2, Informative) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:47PM

            by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @05:47PM (#1195220)

            That has been true ever since there was a Hollywood. The Hollywood "golden era" was pretty brutal on women actors when they reached a perceived certain age.

  • (Score: 1, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:46PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @04:46PM (#1195204)

    How unexpected.

  • (Score: -1, Flamebait) by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @09:39PM (1 child)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday November 10 2021, @09:39PM (#1195266)

    1. Julian Assange - Google Is Not What It Seems [wikileaks.org]

    Notice how many of the pictures include Hillary Clinton...

    2. Blavatnik School of Government [archive.org]

    • Mark Carney - Governor, Bank of England
    • William Jefferson Clinton
    • Eric Schmidt - CEO, Google

    3. Wellcome Trust SEC form [sec.report]

    • $275 million in Twitter
    • $260 million in Apple
    • $245 million in Microsoft
    • $223 million in Google
    • $173 million in IBM
    • $163 million in Facebook
    • $144 million in Cisco
    • $125 million in Verizon
    • Similar sized stakes in Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Coca Cola and Pepsi, J&J, P&G, Exxon, GE

    So Google is part owned by a giant Big Tech investment trust HQ'd in London. It's not an American company, and with foreign stakes this large these are no longer American companies.

    4. World Economic Forum [archive.org] Strategic Foundation Partners

    • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
    • The Rockefeller Foundation
    • The Wellcome Trust

    For the guy who said it's bigger than Standard Oil, the Rockefeller network is Standard Oil. Wellcome and Google are partnered with them. And Microsoft is Microsoft.

    5. The WEF's American subsidiary was run by Kevin Steinberg [archive.is]

    • Prior to joining Spencer Stuart, Kevin served as the president of Purpose
    • Previously, Kevin was the chief operating officer of the World Economic Forum USA

    6. Purpose is also known as Avaaz [archive.md]

    the orchestrated public relations campaign to re-brand proscribed Islamist terrorist organisations in the West as proponents of “social justice”

    All of that money and power is bottlenecked through Hamas supporters who were deliberately given control of all of these Internet businesses so that Hillary could have that global ban on criticism of Islam [nypost.com] that she wanted.

    7. Meanwhile Bill Gates was making deals with other tech executives and Prince Alwaleed bin Talal [archive.is]

    8. Alwaleed bin Talal has a bit of notoriety to him [yahoo.com]

    • (Score: 1) by khallow on Thursday November 11 2021, @02:38AM

      by khallow (3766) Subscriber Badge on Thursday November 11 2021, @02:38AM (#1195322) Journal
      • $275 million in Twitter
      • $260 million in Apple
      • $245 million in Microsoft
      • $223 million in Google
      • $173 million in IBM
      • $163 million in Facebook
      • $144 million in Cisco
      • $125 million in Verizon
      • Similar sized stakes in Bank of America, Berkshire Hathaway, JPMorgan, Morgan Stanley, Coca Cola and Pepsi, J&J, P&G, Exxon, GE

        and with foreign stakes this large these are no longer American companies.

      The foreign stakes aren't large at all. All the companies you mention have enormous valuations that dwarf these investments. I'm not going to even bother with the rest of your post when you are this clueless except to note that several other bullet points were absolutely useless to your post.

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