Google, YouTube, Social Media, etc., NOT Your Friends

August 8, 2012

It happens all the time. Go to YouTube (House of Sunny TV -my current fave) searching for news, music, a rant, political commentary, movie trailer or whatever. The title comes up in the search selections, but the video has been removed. Poof -gone. It was there, you saw it somewhere else, but now it’s too hot to handle, politically toxic for the powers that be or not in Google’s best interest, whatever, but it’s gone.

NOT your friend

And this should give pause (hat-tip ProPublica). The Obama campaign has a new mobile app for canvassers. Plug in an address & a map displays the first name, age & gender of the voters who live there. Helpful to the campaign? Yes, but obviously this app is available to anyone and everyone!

Privacy much? It’s slipping more every day.

Oh don’t you worry, a spokesman for the Obama campaign says “it has built-in mechanisms to detect when people are misusing the data”. Okay, now I feel better.

GOOG’s (NASDAQ stock symbol) tentacles extend farther and deeper than you can imagine. This list of acquisitions by Google is extensive but by no means complete:

  • YouTube (Video sharing) 2006 for $1.65 Billion
  • Motorola Mobility 2011 (Mobile device manufacturer) for $12.5 B
  • Keyhole, Inc (Map analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • Dodgeball (Social networking) 2005,$$ undisclosed (Google Latitude)
  • ZipDash (Traffic analysis) 2004, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • Marratech (Videoconferencing) 2007 for $15 Million (Google Talk)
  • Picassa (image organizer) 2004, $$ undisclosed
  • Android (mobile software) 2005 for $50 Million
  • DoubleClick (Online advertising) 2007 for $3.1 Billion (AdSense)
  • ImageAmerica (Aerial Photography) 2007, $$ undisclosed (Google Maps)
  • FeedBurner (Web feed) 2007 for $100 Million (FeedBruner)
  • GrandCentral (Voice over IP) 2007 for $45Million (Google Voice)
  • eBook Technologies (E-books) 2011 $$ undisclosed (Google Books)
  • Zagat (Restaurant reviews) 2011 for $151 Million (Google Places, Maps)
  • Meebo (Instant Messaging) 2012 for $100 Million (Google+)

Good advise from the old Hill Street Blues Sergeant, “Hey, let’s be careful out there.”

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

Update to Project Veritas exposé! Google took the video down. But here’s another site to view it.

June 25, 2019

Hat-tip Tea Party Patriots:

“Google removed the Project Veritas video from YouTube yesterday (don’t forget, YouTube is a Google product). And why not? The video showed a Google executive, admitting that the company has a responsibility to “prevent another Trump situation” from happening. She even went so far as to say that breaking up Google would be a bad thing because it would take a big, powerful company like Google to stop another 2016 from happening. Or, in other words, they intend to influence an election. There’s no way Google wanted this out in the public domain. So, they will do everything they can to suppress this information”.

Use this alternate site to see the video if you have not had a chance to view it. And be sure to pass this new video site on to your family & friends.

Aloha, Mikie ~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

~Psst, tired of politics? Check out Travel in the Categories drop down menu (right side panel) for my blogs posted from interesting locations during my travel adventures.

The United Nations, Obama & Google; This Does NOT End Well

December 4, 2012

Eric Schmidt, the head of Google supposedly is being vetted for a cabinet post in Nobama’s 2nd term (will it be his last?) Silly me. I almost forgot Obama doesn’t vet anyone.  Was Huma Amedin vetted? Obviously not or surely they would noticed her ties (mother, father, brother) to the Muslim Bros. & Company. But I digress.

After all, Schmidt meets all the criteria: he gave a ton of money to Obama starting from way back in 2007. And he and Nobama have this shared belief (hat-tip Drudge) of “changing the world from the bottom up, not the top down.” (code for income redistribution -BTW notice how it’s always guys like Obama, Schmidt, Gates & Buffett who are ok with this redistribution of wealth -other peoples!)

Here’s something funny. According to Google managers & employees donated ~$803,000 to this campaign. Only staffers at Goldman Sachs & Microsoft gave more. What a surprise. Nobama hates big business, but loves their money.

Ok back on topic. The UN is trying again to take control of the internet from ICANN (internet Corp. for Assigned Names & Numbers), the private sector, non-profit corp created in 1998 to assume responsibility for Domain names, IP addresses, etc.,  (it got to be too much for Al). The UN wants the power away from the US and with the UN.

Nobama acts like he’s against this, but you know his control issues, so my guess is if Schmidt and Google are getting in bed together on this it will not end well for consumers -you know us little guys.

But here’s the crazy thing. Schmidt is being considered for Treasury Secretary. Huh? Oh don’t worry I think I’ll get in touch with John Boehner and let him know this doesn’t look like it will be less government in our lives. Just as soon as he fixes this “cliff” thing.

Aloha, Mikie

~just a blogger (fightin’ like a girl)

Special Tax Favors

January 14, 2011

Over the last 5 days I wasted a lot of time doing GET taxes for the State of Hawaii (for the privilege of doing business -ha!) and Federal and State Estimated taxes that are due on Jan 20th. I hate it!

Most people probably wouldn’t admit it, but I’ll bet everybody is or has been at one time or another a little bit intimidated by the IRS or State Tax Dept. Naturally those in thick with the politicians who have the proper amount of influence and willingness to grease the skids, aren’t intimidated by the IRS because they’re used to having the tax code modified (600 changes in 2010 alone) to favor their personal or business situation.

A quick Google search -key words “special tax consideration” netted me 7,460,000 results in 0.10 seconds. Is it any wonder that by the IRS’ own admission, our tax code now has 3.8 million words, which would fill 11,045 single-spaced pages? And compliance is expensive! estimates citizens and businesses spend about $300 million every year to figure out our taxes!

If you don’t qualify for special tax consideration, here’s some friendly advise.

There’s a better way -Simplify the Tax code!

It can be done but not without a lot of Americans like you and me writing Congress demanding tax reform. Here’s how to contact your Congressmen and women and here’s a list of all US Senators. They’re waiting for your call (with special operators standing by -NOT). The truth is you have to be persistent, leave a message with their staff and tell them you expect them to support tax reform to help get the country and the economy back on track.

Get informed be a part of the change we so desperately need.

Be sure to check out the Tax Reform category (in the right side panel) to raise your tax reform IQ!

Aloha, Mikie

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