Google has seemingly defied its own policy of “do no evil” and been very, very naughty. Now they are in negotiation with the FTC to become the first company to be fined for a violation of [internet privacy](http://topics.bloomberg.com/internet-privacy/). Continue reading Google gets fined by FTC for being evil
Larry Page, a co-founder of Google and a co-creator of the amazing innovation culture at Google, continues to [sharpen] the company’s focus by now [shutting down Google Labs](http://searchengineland.com/google-labs-to-be-closed-86575) as seen in this announcement of [more wood behind fewer arrows](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/07/more-wood-behind-fewer-arrows.html). This is all being done to prioritize Google’s product efforts. But what does it say about the data-driven culture of companies like Google and Amazon, and what does it say about Google’s long term innovation culture. Continue reading Google Labs shutdown – was it a data-driven decision?
The trolls have been coming [out](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/30/a-sad-little-article-bashing-google/) over G+, but this was from an unexpected quarter. Continue reading More G haters, now Google has failed to innovate
I just wrote about the [Last Call](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/07/02/html5-draft-last-call-by-w3c/) for HTML5, much of the hype around being concerned with the move to shift out of plug-ins to browser support for RIA, presently driven by Flash and Silverlight. Google has just releases [Swiffy](http://swiffy.googlelabs.com/faq.html), which converts SWF Flash format files directly to HTML 5. Swiffy uses SVG features that limit it presently to browsers like Chrome and Safari. Continue reading Google releases tool to convert Flash to HTML5
I just read an interesting study from the [EFF](https://www.eff.org/) which [surveyed] (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2011/01/social-media-and-law-enforcement-who-gets-what) the policies regarding sensitive data handover to agencies that come asking for it. Sobering reading. Continue reading EFF study on social networking policies for handing over data
I wrote some stuff on the [Google+](http://seanmehan.globat.com/blog/2011/06/29/google-announces-major-feature-targets/) launch and thought it showed promise. Meanwhile, a nasty troll named Henry Blodget came out of his cave and started slinging [poo](http://read.bi/lSfaoq) on Vic Gundotra. Talk about a vapour article. The comments are worth looking at. If you believe in crowdsourcing, Vic should give up the fight. I wonder if he is Zuck’s boy robin.
Much more interesting is [this](http://blogs.ft.com/fttechhub/2011/06/google-plus-privacy-flaw/#axzz1Qi5cyOtS) FT article shwoing that there has already been discovered a security flaw in the circles permission system. But this is good, “many eyes make shallow bugs”, and the thing is not in general release, so this is a QA phase.
Wolfgang Greller [alerted](http://www.greller.eu/wordpress/?p=1723#comment-117) me to the announcement of the [Google+](http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/introducing-google-project-real-life.html) project. It has a list of many interesting features that demonstrate both innovation and a sense of the need to do something about data privacy and sets of aggregation / sharing. Still, despite the need to stop the Zuck monetization project, there is some doubt as to whether Google can make this not be another [Wave](http://mashable.com/2010/08/06/google-wave-lessons/) Continue reading Google+ announces major feature targets