Epsilons at the Brave New Googleplex: Film by Fired Google Whistleblower Explains Horrendous Google Books Metadata

Here’s another item that won’t make it into the Wikipedia article on “Google, Inc.” MTP readers will recall the article in the Chronicle of Higher Education by Berkeley Professor Geoffrey Nunberg, “Google Book Search: A Disaster for Scholars.” [Scholars] need reliable metadata about dates and categories, which is why it’s so disappointing that the book search’s […]

#NewMusic Weekend: Wheeler Brothers, The Only, Alabama Shakes, Oliver Tank, Clean Bandit

Staff picks from Semaphore Music–the top 5 we’re listening to this week at MTP! 1.  Wheeler Brothers (Austin) “Spent Time” @wheelerbrothers 2.  The Only (Oz) “Drag Me Down” “The Only are performers NOT DJs” right on 3.  Alabama Shakes (Athens, AL) “Heavy Chevy” @alabama_shakes 4.  Oliver Tank (Sydney) “Last Night I Heard Everything in Slow Motion” @olivertank 5.  Clean […]

Reps. Blackburn and Maloney Call on Google to Stop Profiting from Human Trafficking Advertising

According to The Hill and Politico, Representatives Marsha Blackburn and Carolyn Maloney authored a bi-partisan letter to Google CEO Larry Page calling on Google to do a number of things voluntarily regarding human trafficking advertising that Google may be selling.  Dealing with Google selling ads for human trafficing sites is an appropriate bookend to the work […]

This is What Monopoly Looks Like: Did Google “Muzzle” U.S. Attorney for Speaking About Larry Page?

UPDATE: We were able to confirm with a spokesperson for the U.S. Attorney in Rhode Island that no one in that office has apologized to Google for anything and that the U.S. Attorney held a well-attended press conference on Monday at which he freely answered wide-ranging questions about the allocation of Google’s $500,000,000 drugs forfeiture and the […]

But it’s on the Internet! Kickstarter tax issues

UPDATE President Obama signed the JOBS (Jumpstart our Business Startups) Act.  The JOBS Act gives the SEC 270 days to draft regulations to implement crowd-funding of startups. SEC Chairwoman Mary Schapiro has stated that 18 months is a more likely target for the SEC to adopt “regulations of this magnitude.” The JOBS Act would allow equity investment over the Internet, which is […]