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The Fight For Open Internet

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One of the best aspects of internet is that it is open and anyone can provide services to customers. However, there are people that are looking to fight it and take away the fairness of internet by rolling back net neutrality. In doing this, this will allow service providers to decide what type of company is able to provide fast access to websites. Therefore, people are going to be forced to go to certain companies in order to certain types of content. This does seem like an unfair deal for people. There are already other attempts to bring people to a certain provider for online services. Among these attempts is AT&T looking to offer streaming services for people without any charge to their data.


As of right now, there are a lot of big companies that are opposed to this movement. Among these companies are Google, Netflix, and other large service service providers. At the same time, they recognize that they are big enough to not have to worry about any issues in case the anti-net neutrality entities get their way. This gives people a little bit of comfort. At the same time, there is no telling what is going to happen.


Fortunately, there are tons of people on the side of Google and Netflix that are willing to fight for open and fair internet. They are going to do whatever it takes to keep the internet open. One of the reasons that it is important for people to have open internet is that without open internet, there is the potential for information to be controlled. It is the honesty of the internet that makes it possible for people to keep many of the businesses in line. It is also important for people to have transparency so that they can make sure that the people are getting honest services. Fortunately, there is a chance that there will be an agreement with the issue of net neutrality.


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Google And Other Online Companies Stand Up To Lawmakers

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As of recently, there have been plenty of conversations about the concept of net neutrality. There are event attempts to get rid of this whole thing. This has caused a lot of concern for people on both sides of the agreement. Among the concerns is that the end of net-neutrality means that certain websites are going to be forced to pay more or deal with slower net speeds. Finally, a few companies like internet giant Google, and Netflix have taken the time to suggest that the ISPs should not be allowed to make or even influence the laws when it comes to internet.


Among the things that ISP has been stating is that such large bandwidths are going to cause a lot of problems in the online communities. However, a lot of people disagree with this statement. One of the reasons that there is such an attempt on net-neutrality is so that they can keep people chained to very low quality customer service. At the same time, it also keeps them having to pay tons of money. In other words, they are trying to preserve the monopoly when it comes to internet service provision. They don’t want any competition to challenge them.


There have been a lot of letters written to Byron that have been pointing out all of the issues with these decisions. Among the things they are saying is that these policies are written by ISPs that want to dominate the market for itself. For one thing, the competition is going to make them work harder to earn the money that they are used to.


Fortunately, this gives hope to the possibility that there might be a petition made to change the laws to allow for more choice when it comes to the internet. After all, people shouldn’t have to settle for less than the best that they can get. The internet has progressed to the point where there is no need for crappy service or very slow internet speeds.


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Google, Netflix and Others Fighting For Open and Fair Internet

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As of right now, there are attempts to prevent certain other entities to offer and provide internet service. This is a problem because it brings forth a monopoly. When there is a monopoly, then this means that a company can do what it wants with its services. As of right now, net neutrality is threatened. Fortunately, there are a ton of people that are going to work as hard as they can to prevent net neutrality from coming to an end. Google and Netflix are among the large companies that are in opposition to the proposal to bring to end net-neutrality.


As of right now, they are fighting for Virginia. There is a legislation that is proposed called the Virginia Broadband Deployment Act. This act is designed to keep municipal broadband companies from being able to offer services except for in limited capacity. This type of deal will make it not only hard for other companies to offer services, but will also maintain the monopoly on internet service. For one thing, net neutrality makes sure that people are able to choose from better services. Therefore, companies would have to work hard to provide the best services for the customer.


These are some rather troubling times for the internet. There is the possibility that there is going to be online censorship. What is now a free source of media where any type of information can be posted is soon to be a place where only select pieces of information from select sources can be accessed. With net neutrality gone, this could potentially result in a lot of sites that would’ve been easily accessed being shut down or losing views. There might be the opportunity to pay for faster speeds. However, the loss of net neutrality could mean other forms of restrictions as well. One of the most sobering facts these days is that fairness, justice and human rights are always going to be fought for because there is always someone that is looking to take those away.


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Google and Facebook Team Up for Transpacific Cable

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Two tech giants arebuilding the largest and fastest trams pacific cable in the world which will provide speeds at 120 Terabits per second. Google and Facebook have teamed up with the Pacific Light Data Communication to have this cable installed. The cable will connect the cities of Los Angeles and Hong Kong and consists of almost thirteen thousand kilometers of cable.

The Pacific Light Cable Network is a subsidiary of China Soft Power Technology, a company that does not have a significant amount of experience in building underwater cable lines. For Google the project is running through their cloud platform group and will greatly improve the speed, data capacity and latency between North America and Asia. Facebook users will also realize greater connection speeds as a result of the expanded cable network.

The new cable will be the fastest in the world replacing an earlier project that Google has invested in that is known as “The Faster Cable”. Google has an interest in five other major cable lines and appears to be building up a competency in developing them. The names of the trans ocean cables are named are Unity, SJC, FASTER, MONET and Tannat. This project will contain five pairs of cables each of which provides for 24 tpbs of bandwidth.

While it may seem strange to see two competitors like Google and Facebook creating a joint project with a Chinese company to develop the underwater cable line, these types of joint venture projects are common when developing underwater cable lines given their monstrous cost. The total cost of this project is expected to be $400 million in total. After completed the cable will be jointly owned by all three companies. The project is scheduled to be online and operating at full capacity in 2018.

Other competitors are also moving into the market. Amazon for one is moving into the market but has not entered into any joint venture projects with other major tech companies the way Google has done. Facebook and Microsoft also have teamed up on a transatlantic wire which is faster than the trans pacific one that Facebook and Google are developing, but it is half of the distance of this project and therefore easier to run at higher speeds.


Is Google Going to Compete with Uber?

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Google is involved in a host of different industries and services. Some of the ventures Google is involved with may surprise those who only think of the tech giant as home to the world’s biggest search engine. Likely, the biggest surprise would be the news Google is going to venture into the ride-sharing realm and give Uber some competition.

Google’s rollout of its new service is going to be fairly small. Instead of launching a ride-sharing version of a taxi service – the business model Uber and Lift employ – Google is just going to help people in San Francisco get to work. Well, that is going to be the plan for right now. In time, things are surely going to change if the minimalist version of the project takes off.

Is there really any money in this type of service though? Uber reportedly noted a major loss. Profitable or not, Uber does have a solid base of customers who rely consistently on the money saving service. Google must feel there is enormous potential in the Uber business model of the multi-billion dollar corporation would not be interested in getting involved with it.

Someone at Google may be looking at Uber and saying “This company could do so much better if only there was a better marketing campaign”. There may even be several areas in which Google feels in can improve upon the Uber or Lift model. By testing the waters, Google can see if this is worth venturing into. Test runs also open doors for making adjustments and changes.

Whatever Google’s plans are, the plans are likely huge. Google doesn’t do things on a small scale. For now, things may remain localized and only deal with the San Francisco area. If Google is thinking about venturing into this type of business, it probably has global intentions in mind.

One thing Google has going for it is a name. Not everyone may be interested in booking through Uber out of fears and concerns the company cannot be trusted. Google, however, has long since established credibility with consumers. As a result, there should end up being a lot more people who are agreeable to calling on a Google-owned ride company.

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Google Mends Fences with the European News Organizations

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With the aim of stimulating innovation in digital journalism, Google recently announced its distribution of more than $30 million to projects covering the European news Tech scene. This funding will enable the broadcasting system to embrace the new digital age. SundarPinchai, Chief Executive Officer of Google, says that the funding will be allocated to a variety of diverse organizations, ranging from hoax-busting applications and tools that verify social media in real-time to automated content personalization and robot journalism. This round of significant funding follows the $167 million fund the company announced in 2015.
The funds, which were allocated the name Digital News Initiative Funds, will go to a number of initiative and companies the Mr. Pichai describes as, “Wonderfully diverse.” Over the past few years, the European news organization and Google have had a tense relationship. Due to this Google sees the Digital News Initiative as a means to mend bridges. For instance, after the Germans argued about Google using short snippets of copy on Google news, Google had to include opt-in and temporarily de-list a huge number of news organizations in Google News.
The funding is intended to fund projects which are categorized into three groups namely: prototype projects, medium projects, and large projects. In order to build the prototype, $55,000 is required, while medium projects, which include startups and new organizations, require $333,000. The rest of the funds will be allotted to large projects which include larger organizations that need larger amounts of capital.
Google Highlights El Diario, a Spanish site, is among the 128 projects that will receive the funding from Google. The Spanish site is based on a crowd-funding model that identifies niche groups of audiences, who they invite to contribute money to a specific story. The German Startup Spectrum will also receive the funds which will aid it in building an artificial intelligence engine that helps publishers interact directly with readers through instant messaging applications.
In the first round of issuing the funds, the contributions will be allocated to different startups within 23 different European countries. Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain, Belgium, and France will, however, receive the bulk of the money for their various projects.

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Google pushes hand for dominance in cloud computing

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Google has recently entered attempted to enter a deal with PayPal in an attempt to develop a significant edge in the cloud computing industry.

A deal with PayPal will land Google a significant client with a large customer base that is in need of significant storage space and will lead to both greater economies of scale as well as a significant amount of positive press for their cloud computing business. While the contract is not yet signed it is thought to be in the final stages with Google having a big lead in the competition.

Google is in a competition with both Amazon and Microsoft to be the leader in providing cloud computing storage solutions to businesses. Amazon, in particular, has greatly invested in their cloud computing business known as Amazon Web Services and has developed an extensive reputation catering to both individuals and businesses in need of these storage solutions.

Cloud computing allows customers to store data on a third party server that is remotely backed up and is stored in a safe and remote location. There are obvious reasons why this is useful for businesses looking to protect critical data that is now a significant part of their business model. Protecting this data is essential to businesses and the market for cloud storage solutions has therefore increased to account for this change.

Google has plenty of money to invest in their cloud computing line as they are sitting on about $80 billion in cash as of the end of the second quarter. Their investment in cloud computing is significantly behind Amazon Web Services which earns six times the revenue that Google’s cloud computing business does. Amazon earned close to $3 billion in revenue in the second quarter on cloud computing.

Amazon currently has almost 31% of the market and Microsoft holds 11%. Google is far behind them and IBM with only 5% of the cloud computing industry. Their business has surged by over 100% from the prior year though as they increase their investment and capacity in cloud computing.

Google currently has some other big name customers in their cloud computing business including Disney, Home Depot, and Spotify. Adding PayPal to this list will only build on their reputation and help to attract other large brands looking for new options in cloud computing.

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Google Opens Its Own Ridesharing Service To Rival Uber and Lyft

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Those who thought that the intensely competitive ridesharing industry may not see a major competitor are in for a surprise as Google has decided to challenge Uber and Lyft. According to reliable sources who have worked at the backstage of Google project, the company is likely to launch its Waze App project as soon as the coming fall season. Traditionally, the rideshare industry was dominated by Uber, which has a total market value of approximately $68 billion dollars. In fact, Uber regularly faced fierce competition from another rival based in the same locality, Lyft. Now, it seems that the tide is again turning as Uber and Lyft will face yet another major competitor from their own turf.

The new ridesharing program by Google is not an instantaneous decision. Inline with the company’s culture, Google was already evaluating the program by allowing workers in specific companies to try ridesharing using the Waze App software. Only after careful evaluation, the company has planned to challenge Uber. Regarding the competitive advantage, Google is trying to be different by offering a low cost alternative to either Uber or Lyft. As such, it is estimated that the ridesharing will cost approximately $0.53 per mile to consumers, which is lower than Google’s competitors. Reports suggest that Google’s business model does not rely on the typical taxi-service models offered by Uber. Instead, users are matched with other people in the area who are going in the same direction. Therefore, it seems that the model is more identical to carpooling instead of the usual taxi-service.

News from inside sources also indicate that the new service will count on taking advantage of the tax-break. As a typical driver will not operate a professional service such as Uber taxi, therefore the service should be seen as “sharing the gas money” instead of developing a taxi business. Interestingly, it is notable that Uber is also aware of the plan because Google had invested nearly $238 million in Uber service, back in 2013. To counter such threats, Uber is challenging Google in relevant areas as the company plans to operate the first driver-less taxi service in Pittsburgh, later this year. As for Google, it is yet to be seen how Waze App will confront challenges regarding security issues of carpooling with someone who is not a professional per se.

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Google Makes it Easier To Understand How To Vote

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Election Day is coming up in the United States, which means it’s time to start considering how you’re going to get to the polls, or at least figuring out where your polling location is so you’ll be ready to cast your vote.

If you’re not quite sure how the voting process works in your state, Google has you covered. The company rolled out a new voter guide that breaks down exactly how you can get your vote in each state, with state-specific instructions. That’s right, it will tell you exactly what you need to do based on where you actually are, with no need to scroll through long lists and figure out whether certain rules apply to you or to your state.

A simple search for “How to Vote” in your state will bring up a ton of information, with details on everything from how to register, to what to do with mail-in ballots or what you need to do if you’re traveling in November and need to vote early.

Voting can be difficult to understand. Many people only vote in presidential elections, which only happen every four years. When you wait that long between doing something, it stands to reason that you might forget how the process works to some extent. And then there’s the factor of moving. If you voted once when you were in high school, once in college, and now you’re graduated, that’s likely at least there different places you’ve had to figure out, if not much more.

In July, Google rolled out a similar service except just for explaining to people how to register to vote. Also due to the lack of elections that people are interested in participating in, many people aren’t currently registered to vote in the state that they live in. Google’s tool made it easy for people to understand how the registration process works, and when the deadline is to get registered for their particular state.

The general election will be held in the United States on November 14th.

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Google Quietly Ditches Hangouts on Air

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Starting September 12th, you’ll no longer be able to use Google+’s Hangouts On Air service. The service allowed people to live stream video that could then be joined by others privately or publicly. For instance, you might use Hangouts on Air to speak to coworkers round the world, or a celebrity might use the service to speak t their fans at once.

Google originally added Hangouts on Air to Google+ as a feature for celebrities. The service, which launched in September of 2011, was originally jut used by high-profile individuals who wanted to communicate with large groups of people at once. Later, Google opted to mae the feature available to everyone,; however, that didn’t happen until May 2012.

Now instead of Hangouts on Air, Google+ users will be instructed to use YouTube Live. YouTube Live is a relatively similar service, which allows YouTube users (which are essentially google users) to live broadcast directly onto the service from wherever they are.

If you’ve already scheduled a Hangouts on Air broadcast for after September 12th, Google will be moving it over automatically to YouTube, with no work needed on your end (besides of course using YouTube come broadcast time).

Events that have already been recorded using Hangouts on Air will now be available on YouTube instead. There will; however, still be a Google+ link that can be used to view the event content in your Activity Log.

If you’ve never used YouTube to perform a live broadcast, getting started is fairly simple. First, go to Live Streaming Events from within YouTube’s Creator Studio and the select New Live vent. From there, select Quick, and then give your broadcast a title. When you’re ready to start broadcasting, click Go Live Now. You also have the option to schedule an event for later, if you want to promote a particular live broadcast rather than going live immediately.

This move seems like Google is taking an even further step back from Google+. It originally built the service as a Facebook competitor, but the social network never took off.