“I didn’t make him for you”

Google is not a utility. Or an agent of the state, or a thing that owes anyone anything except to the extent they pay for it. At least for now. Eric Goldman has the decision from the U.S. Court for the District of Delaware, and the writeup.

UPDATE: Unrelated, but related:  the Google Censorship FAQ.

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Author:Ron Coleman

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