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Google Goes To Washington: "Local" Has a New Spin

Google_politicsGoogle has hired PodestaMattoon to help manage its far-flung interests in privacy, employee compensation issues and China, according to documents filed with the U.S. Senate. This development is getting coverage in today's San Francisco Chronicle and New York Times (registration required).

"It's sad," lamented Esther Dyson, editor of the technology newsletter Release 1.0 and former chairwoman of Icann, a nonprofit group that plays a role in Internet administration. "The kids are growing up. They've lost youth and innocence. Now they have to start being grown-ups and playing at least to some extent by grown-up rules."

As municipal wi-fi heats up, look for Google's efforts to ramp up slowly to encompass state and municipal politics, historic strengths of telcos and cable operators. As was the case with newspapers, Google's lobbying efforts will collide with the interests of real estate owners and property managers, who are just beginning to explore the intellectual property potential inherent in their portfolios.

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