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Google pushes Web's speed limits

Google staked a claim on another corner of the technology universe Wednesday, saying it now wants to turbocharge your Internet connection.

The company said it will begin in certain test markets to offer broadband service capable of delivering bits and bytes at speeds 100 times what most Americans now receive from their cable and telephone companies.

The announcement is the latest in a recent series of moves by Google that appear calculated to help the Internet juggernaut leapfrog the existing technology establishment to position itself for the future.

As computer users spend more time communicating on social networks such as Facebook, Google this week unveiled Google Buzz, which aspires to knit together a variety of social networks into one grand collective.

Last month, Google released its first smartphone in a bid to challenge the way the wireless industry sells handsets. The move came as the company experiments with Google Voice, a service that allows people to choose a new phone number and relay calls to their other numbers.

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By Cecilia Kang  |  February 11, 2010; 8:00 AM ET
Categories:  AT&T , Broadband , FCC , Google , Verizon  
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Note that in this article, Ms. Kang touts, uncritically, Google announcements and press releases. No surprise, really, since the ads in this blog are placed by Google. Has the Post considered just how embarrassing a conflict of interest this is, and how much Ms. Kang's consistent violation of journalistic ethics compromises the paper reputation?

Posted by: LBrettGlass | February 11, 2010 11:27 AM | Report abuse

Brett Glass, go run your network, instead of stalking Cecilia.

In Brett's tiny bald mind, any one on any news site that writes an article about Google has violated journalistic ethics, simply because Google places ads for other companies on that page. Apparently, Brett is also a journalism professor in between gouging his customers for crappy wifi service and trolling on blogs and stalking reporters. Such stunning stupidity by an as#hole whose mental illness is well known in the Internet community.

It gets so old. WaPo, just go ahead and ban him again already.

Posted by: AmyBandini | February 11, 2010 1:05 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, Ms. "AmyBandini," if it bothers you when citizens speak out regarding integrity in the media. (Oh, and by the way, I am a professional technology journalist, with more than 2000 published articles to my credit, so I know whereof I speak with regard to journalistic ethics. Many of the publications for which I've written have been so concerned about this issue that they have refused even to place a company's ads near content that talks about the company.)

The Washington Post's comment policy, below, states that "We encourage users to analyze, comment on and even challenge washingtonpost.com's articles, blogs, reviews and multimedia features." This is exactly what I am doing when I challenge Ms. Kang and point out her consistent and egregious bias in favor of an advertiser. The policy below also says that "User reviews and comments that include profanity or personal attacks or other inappropriate comments or material will be removed from the site." This, I believe, applies to your false and libelous comment above, and I urge the Post to delete it.

Posted by: LBrettGlass | February 12, 2010 11:26 AM | Report abuse

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