Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 20th Aug 2012 23:17 UTC
Legal "Earlier this month Judge William Alsup ordered Oracle and Google to disclose any journalists or bloggers either has paid that could have commented on the Oracle v. Google case. Both parties responded last week - but Judge Alsup didn't think Google was completely forthright, and has asked the company to try again by the end of the week." Good to know Alsup is on top of this. Google claimed it hadn't paid any shills, but as large and powerful as the company is, I find that very hard to believe.
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Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 04:58 UTC
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2011-05-12

Google didn't give a clear denial.

That doesn't mean they paid anyone to get on their positive side, but Google's money does flow to bloggers via their ad system and Oracle could make a case, valid or not, it would influence the attitude of these people.

Paying money to influential people, leaking stuff to the media, hiring people to write in comment sections, it probably happens on a very daily business. If politics does it, so do companies.

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RE: Comment by MOS6510
by kwan_e on Tue 21st Aug 2012 07:35 in reply to "Comment by MOS6510"
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2007-02-18

Oracle could make a case, valid or not, it would influence the attitude of these people.


Google AdSense may influence bloggers (anyone want to do a proper psychological study on how and how wide?).

But Oracle is not merely influencing Florian Mueller. They're telling him what to say.

Does Google AdSense's terms of service state what bloggers can or cannot say about Google?

* Tu quoque arguments can be fallacious, and are in this case.

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RE[2]: Comment by MOS6510
by MOS6510 on Tue 21st Aug 2012 07:53 in reply to "RE: Comment by MOS6510"
MOS6510 Member since:
2011-05-12


Google AdSense may influence bloggers (anyone want to do a proper psychological study on how and how wide?).


Bloggers are either pro or anti Google, perhaps some even neutral. I don't think AdSense makes much difference and even if it did it's their lives and opinion.

Google probably (I think) doesn't pay anyone, but a clever lawyer may make a case. Even if it's not true it will take time, recourses and may influence public opinion.


But Oracle is not merely influencing Florian Mueller. They're telling him what to say.


My guess is they're not telling him what to say, but a bag of money and a good old fashioned wink should get Florian a pretty good idea how the tone of his articles should be.


Does Google AdSense's terms of service state what bloggers can or cannot say about Google?


If I'd read them I could be the first to do so, but without doing that I have a pretty good guess they have no such restriction.

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