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Author Topic: Google Kenya Rip -off  (Read 833 times)

mahesh2k

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Google Kenya Rip -off
« on: January 13, 2012, 02:20:29 PM »
Something interesting about G on boing boing.


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Mocality is an African startup that has a Kenya-wide business directory. There is no Kenyan yellow pages, so the directory was crowdsourced, paying thousands of Kenyans to help create and validate its database.

When the businesses in Mocality's database started asking them about the premium service they were offering with Google, Mocality was puzzled. They had no joint venture with Google, and they had never charged any business for inclusion in their database. When they examined their server logs, they saw a large number of hits to the records for the businesses that had been cold-called from the same IP range.

So Mocality laid a trap: when that IP range next visited the Mocality site, they fed it fake phone numbers that went to Mocality's own call center, where a Mocality operator pretended to be a business-owner and recorded the conversation. In that conversation, the caller identified himself as a Google employee, calling about a joint Google-Mocality venture, and asking the business to pay Google for a Kenya Business Online website with its own domain on that basis. This was, of course, absolutely fraudulent. There was and is no Google-Mocality joint venture.

More...               http://boingboing.net/?p=138807

So my prediction:

Google is going to buy mocality and kenyan government+press to get off the bad rep. Mocality will end up aplogizing google for such accusation. Google fanbois will end up writing big blogs posts saying "told ya, google was innocent".  :P