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Google Fires Rogue Contractors for Vandalizing Competitor’s Database

Google Fires Rogue Contractors for Vandalizing Competitor’s Database

In the past week, Google has profited from the sale of illegal and fraudulent Olympic tickets , launched a the new Search Plus feature that resulted in EPIC filing a complaint against them, admitted to using a competitor’s database in an unethical manner , and is now the object of an expanded FTC investigation . As if these public relations nightmare were not enough for Google to deal with, a founder and board member of OpenStreetMap (OSM) is now accusing Google of vandalizing their database of maps. The OSM company blog accuses a user with a Google IP address of vandalizing the open source data: “Preliminary results show users from Google IP address ranges in India deleting, moving and abusing OSM data including subtle edits like reversing one-way streets.” Last Thursday, OSM noticed malicious behavior and froze the account of a user that was vandalizing their data with s...

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