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Lawsuits Fly Over Google Founders' Party Plane 238

Mr. Soxley writes to tell us that the Boeing 767 recently purchased by Google founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page is at the heart of what promises to be quite a legal battle. From the article: "Now the Delaware holding company that technically owns the 767, Blue City Holdings LLC, is embroiled in multiple lawsuits with an aviation designer hired to plan and oversee the massive plane's interior renovation. [...] But last October, Blue City terminated Mr. Jennings's contract, saying he wasn't doing his job properly. Mr. Jennings then filed a nearly $200,000 lien against the aircraft with the Federal Aviation Administration for payment he hadn't received. He later filed a complaint related to the matter against Blue City and Gore Design Completions Ltd., the San Antonio executive-jet outfitting firm that worked on the plane, in District Court in Bexar County, Texas."
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Lawsuits Fly Over Google Founders' Party Plane

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  • by mccalli ( 323026 ) on Sunday July 09, 2006 @01:56PM (#15687418) Homepage
    This 767 story should remind us that the Google guys are no better than Ken Lay, the Tyco guy, or Marth Stewart.

    No it shouldn't. I don't remember any of the Google lot having been convicted for anything - there's quite a difference there. Also, I'm not American so I don't know who the Tyco guy is, but Ken Lay and Martha Stewart in the same breath? Wouldn't you think there was just a little bit of difference in the level of scam pulled...?

    I'm not a Google fan really. In fact, if someone would give me as clean an interface I'd switch away from its search in a heartbeat, as I find it too heavily spammed and blogged these days. But might show something about the Google boys' characters, but it doesn't show them as criminals.


  • by TheGavster ( 774657 ) on Sunday July 09, 2006 @02:20PM (#15687491) Homepage
    Company: "What is the progress?"
    Contractor: "I'll get back to you."
    Company: "I hear there's a cost overrun with X"
    Contractor: "I'll look into it."
    Company: "Are your guys actually doing anything, or are they just in my plane for the A/C?"
    Contractor: "We hire only the best"

    Repeat every day, for 400 days, and you have 1200 email exchanges and zero usefulness from the contractor.
  • by ( 899244 ) on Sunday July 09, 2006 @02:22PM (#15687500)
    Bill may have taken commercial airlines but shall we talk about he or his partners yachts? You know, the ones that are in magazines almost constantly because they are so big and so decked out? Or the small islands they own?

    Just because you are jealous someone else has more money than you do not tell them how to spend it. They made a successful business, and now are spending the fruits of their labor. How is that evil? Sounds like every American or European's wet dream to me.

    I fail to see where it is evil except that it makes you green with envy.
  • by gatkinso ( 15975 ) on Sunday July 09, 2006 @03:11PM (#15687667)
    Why not burn 12000 gallons of fuel per capita to get to the next great party? After all, they will be dead on 50 years so it doesn't effect them.

    Ever wonder why American troops are fighting for Iraqi oil? Bush just sells it - it is clowns like this that burn it up.
  • by Leroy Brown ( 71070 ) * <> on Sunday July 09, 2006 @05:37PM (#15688004) Homepage
    How you spend money for yourself, and how you spend money for your company are two completely different things. Bill may have spent many millions on his own home, but he was notorious for flying coach, and only in '97 did he buy a personal jet [], with his own money. I don't know who is footing the bill for google's new toy, but google has definitely always been about excess.
  • by fm6 ( 162816 ) on Sunday July 09, 2006 @11:21PM (#15688846) Homepage Journal

    Google's products are more polished? Get real! My favorite example is to compare Google Maps with Yahoo Maps. Now, in terms of features and usability, Google Maps is far superior. But I still use Yahoo maps a lot. Why? Yahoo maps has a simple, not very interesting feature that I use a lot: you can maintain a list of addresses you refer to a lot, and then never have to enter them again when planning a trip. It's a very simple, basic feature, but nobody at Google can be bothered to implement it. They're too busy with fancy AJAX features.

    Which is not to run down the fancy AJAX features. Google deserves a lot of credit, not just for having kewl features, but forcing all web application developers to rethink their art. Great! But the boring stuff is important too, if you ever want to claim your product is more than a toy.

    Oops! I just looked at the new href= ation&q2=675+S.+Sixth+St.+San+Jose,+CA&q1=4150+Net work+Circle+Santa+Clara,+CA+95054-1778&trf=0&mvt=m &lon=-121.915112&lat=37.362176&mag=5>maps beta version of Yahoo Maps. It's already somewhat more polished than Google maps. And I bet it doesn't stay beta for 3 years.

Air is water with holes in it.