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Google boss defends corporate tax dodge

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I have a bit of downtime in Berlin (great city, although the weather has been extremely wet and cold!) and wanted to post my thoughts on Matt Brittin’s comments that I read in yesterday’s Telegraph. Brittin blamed politicians rather than Google for any wrong doing, but also stated that Google isn’t immoral. What are your initial thoughts?

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Google stepping up with DMCA

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I’ve been quite outspoken about Google’s half hearted attempts in the past to create an environment that offers the best quality results – that of course are legal for the general public. Google wouldn’t allow a website to sell class A drugs over the Internet, so why allow websites to offer pirated material? It is a big debate, which I address in the Google, piracy and SOPA blog a couple of months back – but I generally think if Google had not have taken the “It has nothing to do with us!” policy, then the need for SOPA would have materialised.

Having said that, in the last few months, I’ve noticed a vast amount of URLs being removed due to DMCA complaints. I’ve even received one, wrongly, myself!
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Former employee sued over Twitter followers

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A former employee of phonedog is being sued due to his reluctance to hand over Twitter account details to his ex-employer. Noah Kravitz was employed to tweet for phonedog, but later changed his username when he left.

This means that Kravitz regained the 17,000 followers that he acquired whilst being under contract of the mobile news providers. So, where do you sit in this argument? Who owns the follower count – the employee (who does all the work) or the employer (who funds the task)?

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