Google faces enormous forces in fight over the future of Android

Cade Metz, Wired,  Monday, April 27, 2015

Google and its Android mobile phone operating system are facing an antitrust investigation in Europe. But the roots of the probe stretch across the Atlantic and well into the past. What is the end result? If the commission does crack down on Android, we may see a large fine against the company, Logan says. Or we may see a dissolution of those Google contracts with handset makers. That may be the biggest threat to Google. Googles doesn’t make money from Android. It makes money from the ad-driven services that run atop the OS. And with Oracle, Microsoft, and so many others pushing so hard, those services may lose at least part of their foothold.

The Sensor-Rich, Data-Scooping Future

Quentin Hardy, New York Times Bits,  Sunday, April 26, 2015

The Internet will be almost fused with the physical world. The way Google now looks at online clicks to figure out what ad to next put in front of you will become the way companies gain once-hidden insights into the patterns of nature and society. G.E., Google and others expect that knowing and manipulating these patterns is the heart of a new era of global efficiency, centered on machines that learn and predict what is likely to happen next.

EU antitrust case against Google based on 19 complainants-sources

Foo Yun Chee and Eric Auchard, Reuters,  Saturday, April 25, 2015

The European Union's decision to take on Google last week stems from offical complaints by 19 companies in Europe and the United States, including Microsoft and a number of small firms, people familiar with the matter said on Friday. The list of complainants in the European Commission's charge sheet, which includes companies not directly involved in the charges around Google's shopping service, would make it easier for the regulator to expand the case beyond its preliminary focus on price-comparison shopping sites.

What EC v. Google means for US government users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Friday, April 24, 2015

While the Commission’s case is directed at Google’s conduct in the consumer market, it is important to consider the significant implications this has for enterprise users globally in both the public and private sectors. The EC’s decision reinforces the necessity that customers must educate themselves on the data-use terms of their cloud providers and craft their contracts accordingly.

Europe Looks to Tame Web’s Economic Risks

Tom Fairless, Wall Street Journal,  Friday, April 24, 2015

The European Union could create a powerful new regulator to oversee a swath of mainly U.S.-based Internet companies, according to an internal document that lays bare the deep concerns in top EU policy circles around the economic threat posed by companies like Google Inc. and Facebook Inc. Such a move would throw the biggest obstacle yet in the way of U.S. Internet companies operating in Europe, a number of which are already embroiled in investigations and lawsuits over issues including unfair competition and tax avoidance.

ISO 27018 and protecting personal information in the cloud: a first year scorecard

Richard Kemp, Business Cloud News,  Thursday, April 23, 2015

A year after it was published, – the first international standard focusing on the protection of personal data in the public cloud – continues, unobtrusively and out of the spotlight, to move centre stage as the battle for cloud pre-eminence heats up.

Cloud privacy, security improving but obstacles remain

Rob Wright, TechTarget,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Security experts discussed the state of cloud privacy and security at RSA Conference 2015, arguing that while major improvements have been made, serious concerns remain. In a session Tuesday titled "Security and Privacy in the Cloud: How Far Have We Come?" panel moderator John Pescatore, director of the SANS Institute, asked representatives from Microsoft and Google how their companies have improved cloud security and privacy standards for both users and employees over the last year.

What EC v. Google means for US government users

Karen Evans by Karen Evans, KE&T Partners
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

What is old is new again. Another tech behemoth is facing significant government antitrust allegations. After a five-year investigation, the European Commission (EC) has issued formal antitrust charges against Google focused on the company’s Internet search dominance. The EC has also launched a formal investigation into Android – Google’s ad-subsidized mobile platform. On April 15, the EC sent a Statement of Objections to Google outlining its view that Google abuses its position by favoring its own products in search. According to the statement, “The Commission's preliminary view is that such conduct infringes EU antitrust rules because it stifles competition and harms consumers.” While the Commission’s case is directed at Google’s conduct in the consumer market, it is important to consider the significant implications this has for enterprise users globally in both the public and private sectors. The EC’s decision reinforces the necessity that customers must educate themselves on the data-use terms of their cloud providers and craft their contracts accordingly.

A booster shot for cloud privacy standards?

Julie Anderson by Julie Anderson, AG Strategy Group
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

A 2013 update to HIPAA’s privacy standards put greater restrictions on profit-making uses of PHI but did not go far enough. With the update, cloud providers have the option of adopting stronger voluntary privacy standards. Released in August 2014, the ISO/IEC code of practice (known formally as 27018) outlines standards for how providers of public cloud services should handle personally identifiable information). Though there is some overlap with HIPAA, the ISO/IEC code of practice draws several important distinctions:

Cloud Infrastructure Spending Grows, Will Reach $32 Billion in 2015

Cheryl Kemp, The Whir,  Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Cloud infrastructure spending will account for 33 percent of all IT infrastructure spending in 2015 according to the Worldwide Quarterly Cloud IT Infrastructure Tracker released on Tuesday by IDC. This growth represents an increase of 21 percent over 2014.