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Judge Sets Hearing Date In Google, DOJ Case

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A federal judge has scheduled for next month a hearing on Google Inc.'s refusal to hand over information on search results to the Department of Justice, which is looking for evidence to bolster its attempt to revive an anti-porn law rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. District Judge James Ware in San Jose, Calif., set the hearing for Feb. 27. He also gave Google until Feb. 6 to file its reasons for refusing to comply with the DOJ subpoena. The Justice Department has until Feb. 13 to file a response.

Yahoo Inc., Microsoft Corp.'s MSN and America Online Inc., a division of Time Warner Inc., complied with similar subpoenas received from the Justice Department. Google refused, saying the "demand for information overreaches."

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In other Google news:

Though it was overshadowed last week by news that Google is going to censor its Chinese search engine and protect the privacy of pedophiles in the United States, another bit of Googlish news caught my eye: The company is funding a big, new academic effort at Harvard and Cambridge to combat spyware and adware, which the new organization has decided to call "badware." Read about it at the new Web site, stopbadware.org.

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