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Samsung, Google, Microsoft play politics

John P. Mello Jr. | March 11, 2013
Being adept at the lobbying game can be just as effective in gaining ground on tech rivals as making better products or pressing patent lawsuits.

The proposed law would bar companies that provide schools with a cloud computing service from using information gleaned from school children for advertising or other commercial purposes.

The legislation is in line with a campaign Microsoft has been waging against Google called " Scroogled." It contends that Google sifts through the content in its users' email messages to serve up targeted ads to them.

While Google does that, the process is automated so no human eyes view the messages. Nevertheless, the process could run afoul of the Massachusetts bill should it become law.

 

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