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Google on Ulitzer Consumer Watchdog  filed a Freedom of Information Act request today with the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy seeking copies of email between Internet Policy chief Andrew McLaughlin and his former employer, Google Inc. The nonpartisan, nonprofit consumer group made the request after an online publication printed an article showing that McLaughlin's "Buzz" profile revealed that many of his most frequent email correspondents were Google employees. Before being appointed the OSTP's Deputy Chief Technology Officer for Internet Policy, McLaughlin was Google's head of Global Public Policy, its top global lobbyist. Consumer Watchdog opposed McLaughlin's appointment by President Obama saying that it violated the intent of the Administration's ethics rules meant to end the revolving door between lobbyists and the executive branch. "The ... (more)

Google To Kill Direct Google Phone Sales

Having alienated carriers like Sprint and Verizon by trying to sell its Android-based Nexus One phone direct to the consumer from its google.com/phone online store - Google's attempt to change the traditional cell phone sales model - it's killing the four-month-old store, describing it as merely "niche channel for early adopters," meaning its sales have been paltry. It swears it's because "many customers like a hands-on experience before buying a phone, and they also want a wide range of service plans to chose from." Google was trying to sell a Nexus One for $529 without a con... (more)

Chrome Architect Jumps Ship to Facebook as Google Me Rumor Surfaces

Google has lost the guy who started and led its Chrome OS project to Facebook. Matthew Papakipos (pictured), who joined Google in 2007 when it acquired PeakStream which he founded, tweeted the news Monday morning, saying “Now that Chrome OS & WebGL are in good shape, it’s time for something new. I’m going to work @ Facebook! Love the product and team. Woot!” Google, meanwhile, is running up a Facebook clone according to a tweet Saturday by Digg co-founder and CEO Kevin Rose that said, “Ok, umm, huge rumor: Google to launch Facebook competitor very soon ‘Google Me,’ very credibl... (more)

Cloud Expo 2011 New York Expands Technical Program

Due to a record increase in the number, quality and breadth of submissions to the Conference Advisory Board, the organizers of 8th Cloud Expo (June 6-9, 2011) - Cloud Expo New York 2011 - have extended the technical program through the addition of an all-new "Telcos in the Cloud" track - to complement the already extensive selection of tracks, including "Enterprise-Level Cloud Computing," "Federal/Government Cloud Computing," "Real-World Virtualization,"Cloud Security & Performance," "The Cloud in Practice: Case Studies," and the always-popular "Hot Topics" track. Because the she... (more)

Unisys Gets GSA Contract for Cloud Solution on Google Apps for Government

"We applaud GSA for boldly embracing the benefits of cloud computing to improve communications and collaboration across their diverse organization," said Ted Davies, president of Unisys Federal Systems. "We are excited to partner with our longstanding GSA customer to more effectively deliver their mission supporting other agencies and the U.S. citizens at a lower cost to the taxpayer." The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) on Thursday awarded a contract to Unisys to create a secure cloud-based email and collaboration platform, based on Google Apps for Government, to all... (more)

Okta Seeks to Accelerate Secure Adoption of Cloud Apps

"Enterprises everywhere are realizing the inherent benefits of running their core IT services in the cloud,” said Todd McKinnon, most recently VP of Engineering at Salesforce.com from 2003 to 2009, and now CEO of the on-demand identity and access management service, Okta. "This shift fundamentally requires them to rethink their IT infrastructure and how their employees access it," McKinnon added. "Okta," he continued, "is the only enterprise class, on-demand service purpose built to help customer secure and manage their entire cloud services network and the people who need acces... (more)