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Google Throws a Tantrum, CNET Apologizes

Google recently became upset at CNET for publishing info obtained by Googling Google’s CEO, Eric Schmidt, promising not to talk to anyone from CNET for the next year. <Story here>

ZDNet in the UK wrote today:

Acting under the mistaken impression that Google’s search engine was intended to help research public data, we have in the past enthusiastically abused the system to conduct exactly the kind of journalism that Google finds so objectionable.

Clearly, there is no place in modern reporting for this kind of unregulated, unprotected access to readily available facts, let alone in capriciously using them to illustrate areas of concern. We apologise unreservedly, and will cooperate fully in helping Google change people’s perceptions of its role just as soon as it feels capable of communicating to us how it wishes that role to be seen.

The full editorial can be found here.

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