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WHY PUT UP WITH THIS? Google admits it wants to own your online ID so it can bombard you with ads

Trusting Google with with your identity is like trusting Dillinger to guard your bank account.

BLOOMBERG-BUSINESSWEEK: Ever since Google (GOOG) launched its new Google+ social network, we and others have pointed out that the search giant clearly as more in mind than just providing a nice place for people to share photos of their pets.

For one thing, Google needs to tap into the “social signals” that people provide through networks such as Facebook so it can improve its search results. There’s a larger motive, too: As Chairman and former Chief Executive Officer Eric Schmidt admitted during an interview in Edinburgh over the weekend, Google is taking a hard line on the real-name issue because it sees Google+ as an “identity service” or platform on which it can build other products.

Schmidt’s comments came during an interview with Andy Carvin, the National Public Radio digital editor who has become a one-man newswire during the Arab Spring revolutions. Carvin asked the Google chairman about the company’s reasoning for pushing its real-name policies on Google+—a policy that many have criticized (including us) because it excludes potentially valuable viewpoints that might be expressed by political dissidents and others who prefer to remain anonymous. In effect, Schmidt said Google isn’t interested in changing its policies to accommodate those kinds of users: If people want to remain anonymous, he said, then they shouldn’t use Google+.

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Texas investigates Google’s search tactics, abuse of power

AFP: The top attorney for the state of  Texas on Wednesday revealed a list of demands for inside information intended to ferret out whether Google abused its power in the online search ad arena.

Texas attorney general Greg Abbott wanted names of people responsible for Google ads, search results, and business relations along with internal documents and minutes from meetings at the California firm.

The “civil investigative demand” paperwork dated July 29 of last year stated the intent was to investigate “the possibility of monopolization in the market for Internet search advertising.”

Abbott’s office would not discuss whether Google had complied with the demands.

“We’re continuing to work with the Texas attorney general’s office to answer their questions and understand any concerns,” Google said in an email response to an AFP inquiry.

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Why Glenn Beck has decided to stop using Google

Maybe it’s time for people who like freedom to boycott Google.

INCREASINGLY ORWELLIAN: Google has partnership with the National Security Agency

PC WORLD: Consumer Watchdog, an advocacy group largely focused in recent years on Google’s privacy practices, has called on a congressional investigation into the Internet giant’s “cozy” relationship with U.S. President Barack Obama’s administration.

In a letter sent Monday, Consumer Watchdog asked Representative Darrell Issa, the new chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, to investigate the relationship between Google and several government agencies.

The group asked Issa to investigate contracts at several U.S. agencies for Google technology and services, the “secretive” relationship between Google and the U.S. National Security Agency, and the company’s use of a U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration airfield in California.

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