Mark Bergen, who will be covering Google and some other related companies, has reported on business and policy since 2010, most recently at Advertising Age where he covered mobile operators, device makers and media. Before that, Mark reported from Bangalore, India, writing about economics and tech for several publications, including the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and Reuters. He is a graduate of the College of Wooster and the University of Chicago.
Here is a statement of my ethics and coverage policies. It is more than most of you want to know, but, in the age of suspicion of the media, I am laying it all out.
I have various 401K and IRA accounts that invest in a wide-ranging basket of stocks, over which I have no control. I do not own stock in any individual tech companies.
I do not consult for any companies. Inevitably, I will use the services of the company I cover and may test its devices when necessary for reporting, but I will return the products and have my own company-paid cell phone and broadband services.
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