Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

Summary: A run down of some of the most controversial decisions or actions by Google, including some of their biggest mistakes to date.

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  • The spat between Google, the owner of YouTube, and Viacom threatened to disclose millions of users' details in a copyright lawsuit. Viacom eventually compromised in the end and allowed the anonymised data to be handed over by Viacom, but privacy was very much still at risk.

    This could have been the largest legal disclosure of data to date, and would have compromised many YouTube users' accounts, and dented the privacy record of what once was an independent video upload site, before Google bought it out in 2006.

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    For more on company controversies, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column or for more on Google, visit the ZDNet Googling Google column.

  • Groupon, a 'deal for the day' website, was close to being acquired by Google, but failed at the last minute. Google was meant to have offered over $2.3 billion more than Yahoo!'s reported $3 billion offer, but was rejected.

    This led to the media questioning why, and whether Google even had a chance in the first place. After talks brown down, it became apparent that though Google could have bought out right Groupon, it had failed for no apparent reason. The LA Times called it a "head-scratcher".

    But Google took a confidence hit, and one hell of a public relations hit too.

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    For more on company controversies, check out Zack Whittaker's iGeneration column or for more on Google, visit the ZDNet Googling Google column.

Topics: Social Enterprise, Google, China

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  • RE: Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    why do I keep reading teh BS about google. It is liek Watching a G rated Horror Flick
    Ez_Customs
  • RE: Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    seriously you got to be kidding me im an artist, and I have a huge imagination, but you gotta be smoking DMT 1) to maybe first see the burning flag. 2)To even think, that is worth making a report about.

    -The Dead, Shop
    bosleyjack@...
  • Flag burning? Really?

    Who in their right mind saw that image as a burning flag? Only a conspiracy nuts would have come up with that!
    mlandon
  • Haven't you seen the face of evil in apple sign

    Conspiracy theorists can make anything out of thin air or thick cloud
    binuvarghese
  • RE: Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    Someone is trying to get famous from seeing this as a flag burning.
    guywayne
  • RE: Google's greatest controversies and biggest foul-ups

    Test
    flobi15
  • Flag issue shouldn't have been included.

    This (flag burning doodle reference) is only adding to a controversy that never should have existed in the first place. The "Doodle" is obviously the sun shining through the clouds, through the flag itself which is showing the top of the "e" in "Google" as a silhouette through the flag. Controversial my behind.
    bandersnatch42vt