Google bans CNET

Discussion in 'Current Events' started by question fear, Aug 8, 2005.

  1. question fear macrumors 68020

    question fear

    Apr 10, 2003
    The "Garden" state
    From the NY Times:
  2. jimsowden macrumors 68000


    Sep 6, 2003
    I don't know how to feel about this. On the one hand, I tend to side with google. On the other, it was information gained from their site. Strange.
  3. Mr. Anderson Moderator emeritus

    Mr. Anderson

    Nov 1, 2001
    Sounds like they're trying to throw their weight around - that or someone up high at Google is taking this a bit too personal. Either way, its a bit silly, almost immature....

  4. munkle macrumors 68030


    Aug 7, 2004
    On a jet plane
    This is extremely petty from Google and it doesn't put them in a good light.

    Ultimately CNet just reported information that Google freely provided. Can Google stop speaking to itself for a year...?
  5. strider42 macrumors 65816


    Feb 1, 2002
    I sort of agree with you except to say that the fact that information is available doesn't mean it has to be publicized. What relevence did this man's personal information have to anyone. Too many "news" organizations publish stuff that isn't news. I'd like to see editors take more responsibility for the content of what they publish.

    And if CNET has a right to publish, then google has a right not to give them quotes. Freedom of speech is also the freedom not to speak if that's what you want.

    Maybe google is being petty, but cnet, and other news orgnaizations, should have more editorial responsibility.
  6. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Come on Google, smarten up - there are real issues and such to worry about, let it go...
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    I was surprised to find quite a while back that I could use google to search on my home phone number in the form (123) 456-7890 and my address, etc. were shown. It was somewhat comforting that they provided a way to remove myself from that search but still...odd and a bit revealing.
  8. highres macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2005
    Near the Singularity
    Google gathers and distributes information on web users, so it's employees should be subject to the same policies, I am glad Google got a taste of it's own medicine...Maybe not everyone wants a satellite viewable image of their home address or work easily accessible on the net?
  9. Johnny Rico macrumors 6502

    Feb 17, 2005
    Cnet is not a news organization, it is an advertisement posing as news peppered with more advertisements posing as editorial commentary.
  10. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

    Jun 25, 2002
    Gone but not forgotten.
    When it was new, it wasn't nearly as bad but with ZDNet falling on hard times, C|Net has gone from bad to worse.
  11. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Hmmm....Google must be getting media advice from Steve Jobs now.
  12. wordmunger macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Okay, this isn't quite as bad as the headline makes it sound. I thought it meant that Google wouldn't be indexing cnet articles. It only indicates that Google won't be granting cnet interviews. Sounds like a pretty reasonable response to cnet publishing personal information about Google's CEO.
  13. mac-er macrumors 65816

    Apr 9, 2003
    Actually, its pretty hypocritcal. All the information CNET got was from Google. It was a way CNET was showing that Google has too much information on people.

    Besides, if his information was on so many websites that it showed up on a Google search...wasn't that personal.
  14. maxterpiece macrumors 6502a


    Mar 5, 2003
    yes, exactly. This information was already published on the internet. All CNET did was put it in a different context. CNET did not alter in any way the availability of this information!!! True, more people may have read the info because CNET is a widely read site, but the information was freely and easily accessible before. It is equally accessible after the fact.

    I think google has absolutely no right to act as they did. It just proves that corporations cannot be moral. Google wouldn't have thrown a hissy fit if cnet had instead used all of MY personal information in their article. And if i then emailed google about such an article, explaining how brutally I felt my privacy had been invaded, they would have sent me an email explaining exactly what i said in my first paragraph - that all the info has always been freely available online.
  15. Sun Baked macrumors G5

    Sun Baked

    May 19, 2002
    Credit card purchase information is "public information" and used to be included in quite a few news stories when people were searching for the person of the minute -- wasn't long ago when you'd hear what people purchased yesterday.

    Now it's used more for newshounds trailing people, and not something tossed onto the evening news much anymore.

    Just because the information is public and available to free or available to willing to pay for it doesn't mean it has to be published in a news story.

    If they were saying they could print the info because it was already public information, they might as well erase the line and publish his credit card purchases. Which might be more interesting than where he lives and a satellite view of his house (if you use
  16. weldon macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2004
    Denver, CO
    Maybe the reporter should have written about his own personal information, net worth, address, etc. in the article.

    It's hard to see how Schmidt's personal info was relevant to the issue of discovering personal information. I would think that most readers would be more interested in how much info you could find on the average joe (themselves) rather than the rich and famous.
  17. Apple Hobo macrumors 6502a

    Apple Hobo

    Mar 19, 2004
    A series of tubes
    So the guy's a billionaire, a pilot, a participator in a charity, and he lives in California. Are these supposed to be some deep secrets that should never have been released?

    I don't understand why people are afraid of Google's map/telephone number features. What ever happened to phone books? Those have addresses. As for Google's satellite service, if someone has your address, couldn't they <gasp> simply drive up to your house look at it? If it's that big of a problem, get an unlisted phone number, a tin foil hat, and a termite tent to cover and hide your house from those evil satellites. ;)

    On the other hand, I think the media does go too far sometimes. Remember Steve Bartman and the 2003 Chicago Cubs? Most of Chicago wanted to lynch the guy, yet the media printed his name, address, workplace, etc. His home phone was even listed in various places. Why post this guy's info? So you can be the first newspaper on the block to get some guy killed? :rolleyes:
  18. efoto macrumors 68030

    Nov 16, 2004
    Cloud 9 (-6)
    I just searched my parents home number and their names/address are listed, which as you said is a bit revealing but at the same time it doesn't tell you anything more than the residential white-pages book would in your area, this is just national (global perhaps). The nice part about this is that you can actually search by number if you don't know the name, great for random callers to your caller-id equipped phone ;)
  19. idea_hamster macrumors 65816


    Jul 11, 2003
    NYC, or thereabouts
    Totally hypocritical.

    Make your first $1.5 billion; turn into a egotistical jack-ass -- isn't that the way it goes? :rolleyes:
  20. stubeeef macrumors 68030


    Aug 10, 2004
    childish, and petty. they should only be mad at themselves.
  21. LethalWolfe macrumors G3


    Jan 11, 2002
    Los Angeles
    The guy is acting like a child. He doesn't care about all the info out there Google indexes until he's the one getting Googled.

    In the context of the story, I don't see anything wrong w/publishing the info. And, unless I'm misreading the story, neither does Google. Not to mention that the info published by CNET is completely mundane. It's like they unearthed some deep, dark secret. What a completely pointless thing to be a man-child about.

  22. Abstract macrumors Penryn


    Dec 27, 2002
    Location Location Location
    My address and phone number is in the telephone book, but if it was published on CNET, I'm sure a lot of people would be prank calling me. My address and phone number may be in the public domain somewhere, but that doesn't put my personal information in the spotlight like this does, so I don't buy any of this, "But it was already on the internet!" stuff, because being on the internet doesn't mean that it is being singled out for everyone to see. Even people who would never.....NEVER search on Google for this man's info may now read it. If CNETNews wants to publish personal info about him, or myself, they can ask for an interview, or at least for permission. It's not like this guy is a celebrity. He's just a businessman ---- a very very rich businessman.
  23. Lord Blackadder macrumors G5

    Lord Blackadder

    May 7, 2004
    Sod off
    Actually publishing the personal information (as opposed to merely saying that it could be found via Google) was stupid on CNET's part; Mabye the ban is a bit silly as well, but certainly deserved.
  24. wide macrumors 6502a

    May 17, 2004
    google is evil now...trying to squash the little guy.
  25. emw macrumors G4


    Aug 2, 2004
    Not sure I'd qualify CNet as the "little guy".

    In any case, I tend to side with Google. CNet was being petty by publishing the information - there was no good point to doing so, other than to rile Google.

    I don't think it's hypocritical for Schmidt to be upset - hypocritical would be if Google disabled searching for information on him, not being upset that a national magazine published an article with the information in it. Sure, it's not anything all that dramatic, but in my opinion, it was unnecessary.

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