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Consumer Watchdog president Jamie Court has given Los Angeles city council members an impassioned speech about the failings of its Google Apps contract, even though the meeting to discuss the issue has been moved to next week. He claimed that schools in the Los Gatos Union School District, about an hour south of San Francisco, …

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Childcatcher

Obviously

"“Google is all about opening up the world’s information... It’s going against the grain of what Google does.”"

This one was born in the morning and I have to wonder if it was this morning. I find it hard to believe anyone actually buys that crap about opening up anything. The GOOG is all about making money and if you don't believe that feel free to look up GOOG on Nasdaq.

You blokes at el Reg didn't tell the poor Mr. Court that naive wasn't in the dictionary, did you?

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I doubt he meant "opening up" in a good way, especially if you read the full quote, which seems to reflect exactly what you suggest.

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Anonymous Coward

Consumer Watchdog?

When I started the article, I actually thought this meant an public organization, instead of a privately funded group... Though it is hard to make the distinction in the US.

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Anonymous Coward

They're linked to an astroturfing outfit

"Summary: A look beneath the surface reveals that ConsumerWatchdog.org is “the Foundation for Taxpayer and Consumer Rights”, which is affiliated with/derived from Grassroots Enterprise, a Washington/SF-based AstroTurfer for hire"

http://techrights.org/2009/05/04/consumer-watchdog-exposed/

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Big Brother

"a privately funded group"

Indeed.. Interesting article on this here:

http://www.marketwatch.com/story/googles-new-scourge-strikes-a-nerve

And a well written slapdown of their behaviour here:

http://www.wired.com/epicenter/2010/09/in-defense-of-google/

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They are indeed

Privately funded but have an interesting track record of sticking it to the man, the man being in turn the auto insurance industry, big pharmacy, big health and a variety of other industries that are the core of the malaise in the USA today and now they're having a go at Google, more power to them.

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