View Full Version : Google's Chief Is Googled, to the Company's Displeasure

Roy Tucker
08-08-2005, 04:05 PM
I think this is a little funny...


Google's Chief Is Googled, to the Company's Displeasure
Published: August 8, 2005

Google says its mission is "to organize the world's information and make it universally accessible and useful." But it does not appear to take kindly to those who use its search engine to organize and publish information about its own executives.

CNETNews.com, a technology news Web site, said last week that Google had told it that the company would not answer any questions from CNET's reporters until July 2006. The move came after CNET published an article last month that discussed how the Google search engine can uncover personal information and that raised questions about what information Google collects about its users.

The article, by Elinor Mills, a CNET staff writer, gave several examples of information about Google's chief executive, Eric E. Schmidt, that could be gleaned from the search engine. These included that his shares in the company were worth $1.5 billion, that he lived in Atherton, Calif., that he was the host of a $10,000-a-plate fund-raiser for Al Gore's presidential campaign and that he was a pilot.

After the article appeared, David Krane, Google's director of public relations, called CNET editors to complain, said Jai Singh, the editor in chief of CNETNews.com. "They were unhappy about the fact we used Schmidt's private information in our story," Mr. Singh said. "Our view is what we published was all public information, and we actually used their own product to find it."

He said Mr. Krane called back to say that Google would not speak to any reporter from CNET for a year.

In an instant-message interview, Mr. Krane said, "You can put us down for a 'no comment.' "

When asked if Google had any objection to the reprinting of the information about Mr. Schmidt in this article, Mr. Krane replied that it did not.

Mr. Singh, who has worked in technology news for more than two decades, said he could not recall a similar situation. "Sometimes a company is ticked off and won't talk to a reporter for a bit," he said, "but I've never seen a company not talk to a whole news organization." SAUL HANSELL

08-08-2005, 04:22 PM
that he lived in Atherton, Calif.

So did Ty Cobb and Joe Montana does and Joan Baez.. just up the road is Neil Young and about another mile away is where the Pranksters got started... Jobs lives about a mile and half south.

Lots of money around there.

08-08-2005, 07:19 PM
Ah Atherton....


Courtsey of Forbes Magazine:

Real Estate
The Most Expensive Zip Codes 2005
Sara Clemence

Return to intro

ZIP Location Median Home
Sale Price 2004
1 94027 ATHERTON, CA $2,496,553

Supposedly, I've been told, there are more Fortune 500 members that list their residence as Atherton than any place else in the world. That could be incorrect but it's what someone from there told me....


08-09-2005, 11:52 AM
So much for Google's corporate philosophy of "Don't be evil."

Or maybe pettiness isn't evil?

08-09-2005, 12:24 PM
Only if KGJ is evil. Remember last year?

"I'm not talking to anyone from 700 WLW."