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English Pronunciation News: Google's Reviews

Watch the video and read along. This news report for 8/1/2011 focuses on S and Z sounds. Learn the news and study American English pronunciation. Read former English pronunciation news reports.

Google's Use of Reviews

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Google has removed snippets of customer reviews which it took from other websites for use on its Google Places service. This follows the disclosure of a U.S. antitrust investigation into Google's business practices. Google has drawn fire from other web companies which say that Google gives preferential treatment to its own services in search results. Google denies this and they state that they create their services to benefit users. They also state use of the fair-use doctrine as a reason why they could utilize the reviews. The FTC, the Federal Trade Commission, has not accused Google of wrong-doing at this time.


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Noun Form
snippets (SNI-pets)
small bits
disclosure (dis-CLO-zhur)
letting something be known, revealing something
opposed to trusts or large businesses or companies with the purposes of allowing others to compete
draw fire (DRAH-fire)
idiom meaning to attract criticism or receive criticism
results (re-ZULTS)
reasons (REE-zuns)
causes, judgments
to use (YOOZ)
to put to service
use (YOOS)
user  (YOO-zur)
use: a purpose
user: one who utilizes something

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