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How's About Taking Our Data Seriously?

AT&T's Continued Adventures

In earlier installments, I've noted how AT&T -- make that, the former SBC, which acquired the AT&T moniker when it purchased the tattered remnants of Ma Bell -- has been running ads opposing "net neutrality" legislation ... except those ads never specify AT&T's involvement.They're from a group called "Hands Off the Internet," whose membership turns out to be dominated by AT&T and its corporate partners.

I thought those ads silly, but the newest bunch are even worse. AT&T is now trying to demonize Google. See, for instance, the following ad, which makes the bizarre argument (PDF) that Google investing in its own servers leaves possible competitors at an unfair disadvantage.

Riiiight. So on hand we've got Google, the company whose search engine is so smart it knows what we're looking for almost before we ask -- and which offers an extraordinary variety of free software and ad-supported Web services in the bargain.

And on the other hand, we have AT&T. The Phone Company. And also the company that handed over customer data to the feds without a warrant -- and then revised its privacy policy to explain that it will, in fact, collect data about the online activity of some of its customers.

Well, good luck with that PR strategy, guys! Let me know how that works out for you.

Weekend in Review

Besides my tour of Web-based applications in yesterday's Sunday Business section, we had these other stories:

* In Web Watch, Frank Ahrens investigates online anime, revisits YouTube star Emmalina and seeks an answer to the poignant question, "Where the hell is Matt?"

* An explanation of how to put together your own "vodcast" -- that is, video podcast.

* And in Help File, I go through some reasons why different HD programs could look more or less high-def, along with the right way to add memory to your computer.

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