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Posts tagged with Regulation

Will tough privacy regulations hurt startups?

The calls for tough government regulation designed to protect the privacy of internet users are getting stronger in the United States. But could there be unintended fallout if regulations are implemented?

Jeremy Liew, a managing partner at VC firm Lightspeed Venture Partners, thinks so. In his opinion, the impact of the level of regulation that is being demanded "would be enormous for companies relying on online advertising".

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10 reasons why Google and SEO should NOT be regulated

10 reasons why Google and SEO should NOT be regulatedTechcrunch has just published an article called: “The Time Has Come To Regulate Search Engine Marketing And SEO.” The author requested anonymity for fear of a Google blackout (OR WORSE) and “doesn’t want his company associated with the post”. Fair enough – you wouldn’t want those men in green, red, yellow and blue suits to come a-knockin’.

The upshot of the article is basically that the government should step in and smite these bastards until they are sore. Too much power! We’ll show you! “The industry can’t be left to its own devices…”

Now that Google is properly grown up and employs a vast number of staff, it has undoubtedly moved into the world of ‘being a corporate’. Corporate practices do not sit easily with Google’s founders, nor many of its staff, but a company of that size needs to be run a certain way. And with scale comes responsibility, as well as the ‘corporate’ tag. And corporates are clearly a major threat to the world as we know it.

So the downside of achieving scale extends far beyond the realms of the business itself. Now that Google is king of search, almighty and powerful, questions are being asked about whether it is good, as per the company motto, or evil. Some people think it is too much of a force to be left alone...

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China clamps down on virtual currency use

If you're a virtual currency millionaire in China, some potentially bad news: you won't be able to use that virtual dough to purchase goods and services in the real-world.

In an effort to stave off the ills of virtual currency gone awry, the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Commerce jointly announced rules that lay out the ground rules for China's virtual economy.

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European Commission wants software protections

When it comes to software, should consumers be entitled to the same protections they receive when purchasing physical products?

If two European Commission Commissioners have their way, consumers will.

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