Google Chairman Eric Schmidt argues that you still know yourself better than his company does.
FORTUNE -- In a recent interview, Google Chairman Eric Schmidt issued the usual defenses of Google's (GOOG) privacy policies: Basically, Google would like to know more about you so that it can target ads at you more effectively and efficiently (oh and "make you more productive" by improving personalized search results), but you don't have to MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 7, 2013 2:08 PM ET
A report by the Computer and Communications Industry Association says Google and other search engines make for easy targets, but most people go to pirate sites on their own.
FORTUNE -- Here's something that just about all of us other than the copyright lobby and certain policymakers already know: People looking for pirated content don't often use search engines to find it.
The copyright industries have long targeted Google (GOOG) and other MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 6, 2013 9:21 AM ET
Jeff Bezos has proven himself to be a long-term strategist. That's just what the newspaper industry needs right now.
FORTUNE -- For anyone who cares about the public-service function of journalism, guarded optimism should be the first reaction to the astonishing news that Amazon founder Jeff Bezos will buy the Washington Post.
It's clear that the Graham family, which has run the Post (WPO) for 80 years, was increasingly unable to shepherd its MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 5, 2013 6:35 PM ET
Ever since Netflix's 2011 stumble, when it announced a price increase and a spinoff of its DVD business, the company has concentrated on pleasing customers. The latest: allowing customers to create their own user profiles.
FORTUNE -- As Apple (AAPL) continues to send out near-daily barrages of product updates for iTunes, Netflix continues to focus squarely on improving its customer experience.
The latest example of this is Netflix's (NFLX) new user profiles, MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Aug 2, 2013 12:56 PM ET
The White House says Amazon's warehouses provide "high-wage" jobs. Not quite.
FORTUNE -- Amazon's announcement that it is planning to create thousands of new jobs in warehouses across the country is good news. Thousands more Americans will be working, paying taxes, and shopping. It will pull some families out of poverty and keep some others from falling into it.
But the very fact that the announcement is being heralded as a big MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 30, 2013 11:29 AM ET
A solution to child abuse proposed in a letter signed by 48 of 50 AGs is no solution at all. It would, in fact, be counterproductive.
FORTUNE -- The Attorney General letter has become a real phenomenon in recent years. A refresher: The move consists of a bunch of state attorneys general joining together to express umbrage over this or that hot-button issue. It's a political tool, in other words. State AGs MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 29, 2013 12:02 PM ET
The coalition between civil libertarians on the left and right appears to be stronger than many had thought. But it appears to be an alliance of convenience.
FORTUNE -- The close, bipartisan vote on Wednesday on a House bill to restrict the National Security Agency's program phone surveillance program revealed a radical evolution -- or devolution, depending on how you look at -- in how we approach the always-difficult tension between MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 25, 2013 4:02 PM ET
Research conducted by the company indicates that its service not only dissuades illicit downloads of music, it helps increase sales.
FORTUNE -- With the streaming-music business taking heavy fire lately for supposedly underpaying musicians, Spotify has issued research that it says proves that its streaming service reduces piracy.
The report, "Adventures in the Netherlands: Spotify, Piracy, and the new Dutch Experience," indicates that between 2008 and 2012, the percentage of people age MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 19, 2013 1:09 PM ET
The fight over whether music streamers like Pandora should pay less in royalties is really a debate over who in the music industry should suffer most.
FORTUNE -- It was recently suggested to me that I examine whether Tim Westergren is suddenly becoming "the new Hilary Rosen." Or in other words, this era's most-hated person in the music business.
In researching the question, I came across a more entertaining comparison: Westergren is MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 18, 2013 6:47 AM ET
Kids learn through play. And lemonade stands are a form of play. That's all.
FORTUNE -- Three years ago last week, personal-finance columnist Terry Savage wrote what might still stand as the most insane professionally produced piece of writing of this millennium. In her syndicated column "The Savage Truth," she recounted how she accosted three little girls running a lemonade stand in an "upscale suburb." It turned out they weren't selling the MOREDan Mitchell, contributor - Jul 15, 2013 10:48 AM ET
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