"Cnet News.com is reporting that Google is no longer talking to Cnet reporters.
In an article about the search company looking for new executive chefs,
the article states: 'Google representatives have instituted a policy of
not talking with CNET News.com reporters until July 2006 in response to
privacy issues raised by a previous story.' Apparently, Google was
angered by an article published earlier by Cnet
where all sorts of personal information about Google CEO Eric Schmidt
was included. The information was obtained from Google searches."
(this is news?) where the reporter notes: 'Google representatives have
instituted a policy of not talking with CNET News.com reporters until
July 2006 in response to privacy issues raised by a previous story.'
That previous story was one discussing how people could find out all sorts of private info about others
by doing Google searches. That's a story that's been done plenty of
times before, but this time the reporter used Google to track down some
info (nothing too shocking, honestly) about Google's own CEO, Eric
Schmidt. It's not clear if the complaint from Google is about finding
the info on Schmidt, the general point of the article or (perhaps!)
because the reporter got some of the fairly important details wrong
(there's a correction saying the original article implied that Google's
desktop search was sending data about what's on your desktop back to
Google — which is completely false). Even if they're legitimately
pissed at shoddy coverage of their company, it still comes off as a bit
arrogant to refuse to talk to anyone at News.com for a year."
Google represents all that is right and good in the technology
space—hiring geniuses to make cool stuff that anyone can use—AKA the
opposite of Microsoft. Conversely, News.com is a sister site, part of
the CNET family and the source of all our muchly popular news articles.
Personally, for those of us at TR, this is really awkward. It's like
our favorite rockstar just got into a shouting match with our
benevolent uncle. So, we did the only rational thing you can do in this situation, the exact response that every sitcom since Three's Company has taught us to do when fame fights family...
We started making bets on how long before this whole thing blows over.
The current pool runs between 30 and 90 days. I haven't staked a
position yet, but I'm leaning towards the long end. Google can be
Jay Garmon has a vast and terrifying knowledge of all things obscure, obtuse, and irrelevant. One day, he hopes to write science fiction, but for now he'll settle for something stranger — amusing and abusing IT pros. Read his full profile. You can also follow him on his personal blog.