Stilgherrian

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Stilgherrian is a freelance journalist, commentator and podcaster interested in big-picture internet issues, especially security, cybercrime and hoovering up bulldust. He studied computing science and linguistics before a wide-ranging media career and a stint at running an IT business. He can write iptables firewall rules, set a rabbit trap, clear a jam in an IBM model 026 card punch and mix a mean whiskey sour.

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Can Google+ kill Facebook? Twitter?

Can Google+ kill Facebook? Twitter?

Google's new social networking platform Google+ is less than a fortnight old, but already people are begging for invitations to the closed beta. Is it time to get on-board? And could it really be a threat to Facebook?

July 10, 2011 by in Google

Google search bias: the eternal PR battle

Google search bias: the eternal PR battle

Google's domination of the search market could enable it to engage in anti-competitive behaviour, and Ben Edelman believes he has evidence they're doing just that. Google strongly denies the claim, and points out Edelman's links to arch competitor Microsoft.

February 23, 2012 by in Google

Are Google and Groggle really similar?

Are Google and Groggle really similar?

Google, one of the world's largest corporations, is in a trademark dispute with Australian web start-up Groggle. What's the law here? And what are the trademark issues in choosing a name for your new online business?

May 2, 2010 by in Google