Linked by Mohit Ranka on Thu 17th May 2007 15:07 UTC
Google A recent Google acquisition of DoubleClick for a whopping USD 3.1 billion has turned many heads. The recent past certainly does not fit into Google's traditional non-aggressive attitude towards acquisitions for monopoly in the market. DoubleClick Inc., a spearhead in ad-serving, is only one of many companies acquired by Google. A comprehensive list can be seen here. Beside Google's acquisitions, this article will also explore some changes in Google's philosophy and potential threats to web community.
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yea
by deanlinkous on Thu 17th May 2007 15:42 UTC
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Don't be evil? isn't it a bit too late for that? They already crossed the line in my book.

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RE: yea
by tryphcycle on Thu 17th May 2007 16:58 UTC in reply to "yea"
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2006-02-16

"Don't be evil? isn't it a bit too late for that? They already crossed the line in my book."



HOW?

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RE[2]: yea
by senornoodle on Fri 18th May 2007 05:35 UTC in reply to "RE: yea"
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2005-07-12

Well the article does actually go into this, I don't know if you read it?

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too late
by nirvanix on Thu 17th May 2007 15:46 UTC
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They scan the emails of their gmail users, and they keep your search history. That makes them evil in my book. In fact, I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?

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RE: too late
by renhoek on Thu 17th May 2007 16:48 UTC in reply to "too late"
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2007-04-29

if you don't want use googles evil engine you can always use www.live.com

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RE[2]: too late
by stestagg on Fri 18th May 2007 11:42 UTC in reply to "RE: too late"
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2006-06-03

However evil Google is (or isn't), It is better to have the diversity/competition of 2 evil companies, rather than just Microsoft(owns live.com) being one arch-evil company.

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RE: too late
by tryphcycle on Thu 17th May 2007 17:00 UTC in reply to "too late"
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2006-02-16

"hey scan the emails of their gmail users, and they keep your search history. That makes them evil in my book. In fact, I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?"

Hey dude.... Sweaty Steve Balmar the MS Highschool Football coach say MSNs search engine is better... go use their's and dont let the door hit you and the arse!

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RE: too late
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 17:13 UTC in reply to "too late"
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When the American government came knocking for user's data - both Yahoo and Microsoft handed it over without batting an eyelid. Google refused, and took it to court.

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RE[2]: too late
by superstoned on Thu 17th May 2007 19:12 UTC in reply to "RE: too late"
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2005-07-07

exact. Saving al this data isn't exactly wonderfull, but at least they TRY to protect it.

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RE[2]: too late
by irbis on Thu 17th May 2007 19:33 UTC in reply to "RE: too late"
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2005-07-08

"When the American government came knocking for user's data - both Yahoo and Microsoft handed it over without batting an eyelid. Google refused, and took it to court."

Good point, and congrats to Google.
But why didn't they also care for the democratic rights of the Chinese people to get access to free and critical information too?

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RE
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 19:45 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: too late"
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2005-11-10

That is simply Chinese law - Google didn't fold to government pressure, they folded to their own pressure not to be left out in the fastest growing economy in the world. Imagine millions of people growing up only on Yahoo? They'd have little inclination later in life to use Google services.

And even then, Google's china page stated when searches were being restricted, to aid the user. So they didn't do too bad, given the laws they had to abide by.

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RE
by irbis on Thu 17th May 2007 20:10 UTC in reply to "RE"
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2005-07-08

"That is simply Chinese law"

It was also law in Nazi Germany to persecute Jews and other such people. And guess what, some non-German international companies helped them in that mission too by selling equipment etc... Internationally accepted human rights should always be valued more than local laws that can be wrong too, especially in totalitarian countries.

"not to be left out in the fastest growing economy in the world"

In other words: money mattered more than human rights.

However, as I already said earlier, I agree that Google is not particularly "bad", especially when compared to many other companies.

But it just always pisses me off when I notice how lots of people are ready to sell human rights and other high ideals (that make this world a much better place to live for us all) just to get more money for themselves. If people just said "no" to totalitarian rulers willing to use them in their plans instead of "yes, sir, I'll ge glad to do whatever you wish", dictators would have much less chances to rule, and we would have avoided many bad things in history.

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RE
by stestagg on Fri 18th May 2007 11:47 UTC in reply to "RE"
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2006-06-03

So if you were a doctor in Nazi germany, would you have stopped treating innocent German patients just because you weren't able to also help *** patients?

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RE: too late
by bolomkxxviii on Thu 17th May 2007 19:14 UTC in reply to "too late"
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2006-05-19

"I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?"

How about:

ASK
Dogpile - metasearch engine
incywincy - "under web" engine

Too bad Northernlight went under.

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RE: too late
by Peter Besenbruch on Thu 17th May 2007 19:41 UTC in reply to "too late"
Peter Besenbruch Member since:
2006-03-13

I might take issue with the term "evil," but I share some of your concerns. For search, I use Scroogle:

http://www.scroogle.org/scraper.html [Google results]
http://www.scroogle.org/scraper7.html [Yahoo results]

I like Scroogle, because they drop all records of your search after a week.

Then there is Clusty:
http://clusty.com/

Clusty does a very good job as an aggregator, and they are no where near as aggressive in the data collection department.

For e-mail, when you can get full domain hosting for $30 a year, e-mail isn't much of an issue. I find Fastmail one of the best free/pay e-mail services out there.

http://fastmail.net/

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Hmph
by Phuqker on Thu 17th May 2007 15:48 UTC
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2005-07-17

It's called survival.

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Here we go again
by Ikshaar on Thu 17th May 2007 15:51 UTC
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2005-07-14

Oh yeah another attack on Google.... since when acquisition are "evil". I am pretty sure some of those were quite happy to get some of Google's money.

If you need a new search engine, google one, LOL.

PS: "perfect 10" story is outdated considering Supreme court rules that Google did not infringe copyright.

Edited 2007-05-17 15:53 UTC

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Ohhh noes...Google is t3h EVILS
by the_trapper on Thu 17th May 2007 15:52 UTC
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So basically the gist of it is that Google is evil because they want to be a successful corporation by extending globally (and therefore having to abide by France and China's laws among others), acquiring other companies (eat or be eaten as they say), and acquiring massive collections of user data (the only truly valuable asset they own besides a household brand name).

It seems like the community has to brand every company as evil when they get too successful. There was a time when people actually *GASP* liked *GASP* Microsoft and rooted for them as they fought against big bad IBM. Then people rooted for Red Hat as they fought against Microsoft. Then people became afraid that Red Hat would be the "Microsoft of Linuxes" so they started to root for other community driven distros that couldn't become too commercialized.

Unfortunately, corporations have obligations to their employees and stock holders to do as well financially speaking as possible so that stock holders make money and employees continue to collect pay checks. Sometimes the best way to make that money treads on some shaky ethical ground. This is all shades of grey with Google right now. None of the author's examples were truly evil. Government meddling in the Internet is hardly Google's fault. I also think that our generation has to accept that privacy is going away forever. We all live in glass fish bowls, at least as far as our personal data is concerned. It's the price we have to pay for all the great "free" stuff we have access to on the Internet. I'm not saying this is good or bad, it just IS.

Edited 2007-05-17 16:07

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Almindor Member since:
2006-01-16

Actually, corporations don't have obligations to anyone. Corporations do not "feel". Corporations do not have "morals". Corporations only care about profit. This is the first thing you learn in economics. Profit by any means necessary. They usually don't break law but do it if they can get away with it. They do amoral acts if they can get away with it. They would do anything if they can get away with it and of course the more profit the better.

You might say that "the people of company XXX are good guys etc.". Well they might be, for some years until the company is run by shareholders (in other words, big enough) and those only care about money. The new managers always only care about money.

Rule of thumb, the bigger they are, the more evil they go.

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Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

You just made an unsubstatiated leap from profit-motivated to "evil." It seems to me that reasoning like this begs the question.

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Soulbender Member since:
2005-08-18

"They usually don't break law but do it if they can get away with it. They do amoral acts if they can get away with it. They would do anything if they can get away with it and of course the more profit the better."

Actually, "they" dont do anything. People do amoral acts, people will do anything they can if they can get away with it and people are the ones that will profit at any cost. Saying that it's the corporations that does this is just a convenient way to shift the blame onto an anonymous entity and make yourself not feel guilty.

Edited 2007-05-18 03:56

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re: Complaints against Google
by Laurence on Thu 17th May 2007 15:53 UTC
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I'm by no means validating Googles actions, but it myths me how on the one hand people demand free web services (e-mail et al) and on the other hand whinge when their e-mails get scanned for advertising perposes.

The simple answer to this is to 'let your feet do the talking'(so to speak) and refuse to use Google for your mail. It's hardly an expense renting a mailserver and dot-com these days (it's as little as 10GBP/month for the complete package) so why do business with a company you don't trust?

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RE: re: Complaints against Google
by Soulbender on Fri 18th May 2007 03:37 UTC in reply to "re: Complaints against Google"
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2005-08-18

I dont think it's really what google does that bothers people but what it does *considering* the "dont be evil" part of their business model.
Of course, if you actually believed in that "Don't be evil" bullsh1t for more than 5 seconds you should probably seek psychiatric help.

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'Evil'
by Almafeta on Thu 17th May 2007 15:57 UTC
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2007-02-22

I don't know if buying a company is evil.

If we're going to criticize them, we should criticize them for actual bad things they have done, such as the ubiquitous Google Toolbar that scans your computer without informing you what it's taken. I like Google's web-based stuff, but I'll never use any of their downloadable software.

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RE: 'Evil'
by archiesteel on Thu 17th May 2007 18:58 UTC in reply to "'Evil'"
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2005-07-02

It's your loss...Google Earth, Picasa and SketchUp are *amazing* applications.

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RE[2]: 'Evil'
by Moochman on Sun 20th May 2007 09:06 UTC in reply to "RE: 'Evil'"
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2005-07-06

Sure Picasa is nice, but it basically locks you into using the Picasa photo hosting service. Meanwhile I may not have a snazzy app, but I'm much happier with my free, infinite storage on Yahoo Photos, thank you very much.

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RE: 'Evil'
by WorknMan on Thu 17th May 2007 20:41 UTC in reply to "'Evil'"
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2005-11-13

I don't know if buying a company is evil.

Well, not just any company, but Doubleclick:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/19/AR2...

If you don't want your business to be associated with anything evil, then buying Doubleclick probably wasn't the smartest thing to do.

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Muddy
by fretinator on Thu 17th May 2007 16:01 UTC
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Fairly muddy read. Most of the historical data was hard to sort out - was Google evil for putting books online for search? Much of the historical data presented made Goodle seem heroic, standing up against those who want to repress information - like the books example and the Youtube example.

The only real "evil" presented was the Double-click purchase, which remains to be seen what Google will do. Perhaps they will be "good" for Double-click.

The only point of the article really seems to be that "All you data are belong to Google". Therefore, the only real evil presented is that someday Google "might" do something evil with it. This is true of AOL, your ISP, your Bank, your Pastor, etc, etc.

Whatever.

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Double Click this
by archeas76 on Thu 17th May 2007 16:02 UTC
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Double Click...hey aren't they the guys that leave those anoying cookies all over my computer which causes my spyware scanner to "warn" me of all those potential "threats"??

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RE: Double Click this
by Spellcheck on Thu 17th May 2007 20:05 UTC in reply to "Double Click this"
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2007-01-20

Not "all over," no, but spyware scanners tend to overreact about them, yes (at worst they're a tracking privacy risk, not spyware; though they're indicative of adware activity in the same way they're indicative of any web activity).

Forgive me if somebody's already pointed this out, but this acquisition could mean a _less_ annoying DoubleClick than before.

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use FireFox and Adblock+
by paul.michael.bauer on Thu 17th May 2007 16:34 UTC
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Suddenly, I don't care who owns the add space.

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RE: use FireFox and Adblock+
by BigDaddy on Thu 17th May 2007 17:57 UTC in reply to "use FireFox and Adblock+"
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Amen to that. Don't forget NoScript and RIP too. I had to use IE on someone else's PC and thought I went to a different website. The web sure looks different with all those ads.

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RE: use FireFox and Adblock+
by RawMustard on Fri 18th May 2007 11:28 UTC in reply to "use FireFox and Adblock+"
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2005-10-10

Together with NoScript and TrackMeNot, you're on a real winner ;)

Edited 2007-05-18 11:29

Reply Score: 1

oh pleasse
by Flynn Targart on Thu 17th May 2007 17:00 UTC
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By deanlinkous (1.68) on 2007-05-17 15:42:19 UTC
Don't be evil? isn't it a bit too late for that? They already crossed the line in my book.


What book is that exactly?

I was going to post an lengthy reply full of insightful arguments and supportive links, but The Traper and Fretnator already did that - so I'm just going to yell.

The majority of Google's critics are major media outlets who need stories, and overly reactionary twats like this kid. Making a few hard choices, and being FORCED to follow the laws of countries like China hardly makes them an evil empire. We're really making mountains out of mole hills here. Google isn't the RIAA/MPAA - they aren't suing underprivlaged girls living in the projects. They aren't Microsoft buying out and then closing down the compitition. They don't push people around with smug superiority like Apple (and before anyone starts I have an iMac and I love it). Hell, there are Linux based companies with worse track records. And as far as the Google vs. China thing goes - does anyone remember the Adopt a Blog project? It's not like there isn't a way around China's censorship, it just requires people go out and find answers on their own, instead of sitting around waiting for someone to bring them the answer (and usually bitching when it isn't what they wanted).

Sorry for the angry tone here, it wasn't my intent to be this abrupt. But things like this drive me nuts. Of all the unscrupulous companies we could be looking at, our author decides to take Fox-News-Attention-Getter pot shots at Google. It's just sad.

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RE: oh pleasse
by irbis on Thu 17th May 2007 19:08 UTC in reply to "oh pleasse"
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2005-07-08

"being FORCED to follow the laws of countries like China"

In what ways were they - or other Western IT companies for that matter - forced to follow the will of the leading elite in China - when they helped to eliminate free access to critical (not accepted by the Chinese comunist party) information from the Chinese people?

Google is not a Chinese company, and they could have easily refused not to restrict their search results in China. Only reason why they didn't was money. They counted that someone else might get their share of the huge emerging Chinese Internet market if they didn't do what the Chinese communist party asked them to do.

In my opinion, the readiness to abandon and sell the principles of free democratic societies in order to gain a position in the markets of totalitarian un-democratic countries, is by far the biggest "evil" thing (mentioned in the article) that companies like Google (or also western governments) have done. But Google is certainly not alone but just one small example.

Now Chinese elite has succeeded in, for example, mostly removing the memory of the Tiananmen Square democratic protests and the following massacre (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiananmen_Square_protests_of_1989) from the memory of especially young people in China, and generally gain tighter control of the lives and thoughts of Chinese people, with the help from many western companies.

Anyway, I agree that using words like good and evil is a bit too harsh in this case. Google is neither good nor evil, it is just doing what probably most other big companies do: they may often be ready to sacrifice liberty of communication and other such higher ideals if it means more money for them.

Edited 2007-05-17 19:28

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RE[2]: oh pleasse
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 20:08 UTC in reply to "RE: oh pleasse"
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2005-11-10

I don't think you undestand quite how powerful the Chinese government is internally. It is not a demoncracy - there is nobody you can complain to, protests are illegal. If Google had offered unfiltered searches, and then denied to comply when asked by the government, a bunch of government officers and police men would break into the Google office and cart off the employess to jail, without trial, to dissappear under the rug and not be heard of again.

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alltheweb.com
by Dreadstar on Thu 17th May 2007 17:00 UTC
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2006-01-21

I'm starting to prefer alltheweb.com for many searches. Google just gets tiring to look at, such as the way you can do a search on "duck farts" and get a whole column of fake hits that say stuff like "compare prices on duck farts at price.com" and "find duck farts on ebay" etc.

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RE: alltheweb.com
by TaterSalad on Thu 17th May 2007 17:22 UTC in reply to "alltheweb.com"
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2005-07-06

You just listed one of the reasons I find myself using Google less and less. When I try to search for something I get a lot of unrelated results.

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RE: alltheweb.com
by fretinator on Thu 17th May 2007 18:54 UTC in reply to "alltheweb.com"
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2005-07-06

"compare prices on duck farts at price.com" and "find duck farts on ebay" etc.


LOL. I think I am going to try some "intersting" combinations just to see how they play out. How about "compare prices on cheap prostitutes at price.com"?

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RE: alltheweb.com
by Michael on Thu 17th May 2007 19:07 UTC in reply to "alltheweb.com"
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2005-07-01

Unfortunately AllTheWeb is now owned by Yahoo!, whose privacy policy is considerably more "evil" than Google's.

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RE: alltheweb.com
by Spellcheck on Thu 17th May 2007 20:07 UTC in reply to "alltheweb.com"
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2007-01-20

That's what ad blocking is for.

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Propaganda from Microsoft.
by jboss1995 on Thu 17th May 2007 17:22 UTC
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If you have a bad reputation, make everyone look just as bad so you don't look so bad.

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Maybe it's not all bad.
by bhearsum on Thu 17th May 2007 17:49 UTC
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Perhaps by buying Doubleclick, Google can clean the company up and legitimize them.

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'Evil'? Please...
by MollyC on Thu 17th May 2007 19:47 UTC
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None of today's tech corps are "evil". "Evil" is so abused and misused on tech message boards that it's nearly lost all meaning.

When I think of "evil" companies, I think of wanton polluters, scam artists (like Enron), abusers of slave labor (e.g. IG Farben, likely the most evil corporation in history, who used forced *** labor, working them until they could work no more, and then shipped them off to be exterminated during the holocaust).

Using "evil" for any of today's tech companies severely trivializes the word.

(Notwithstanding that Google does invite the word to be used against them, since they loudly proclaim themselves to not be "evil" (and thereby imply that others are such).)

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RE: 'Evil'? Please...
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 20:16 UTC in reply to "'Evil'? Please..."
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2005-11-10

The Oxford American Dictionary defines evil as "profoundly immoral and malevolent"

I cannot tack that word onto any web 2.0 companies. The web is known for exaggerating everything to epic proportions though.

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RE[2]: 'Evil'? Please...
by diskinetic on Fri 18th May 2007 01:53 UTC in reply to "RE: 'Evil'? Please..."
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2005-12-09

The web is known for exaggerating everything to epic proportions though.
(my emphasis added)

Everything? Isn't that a tad... exaggerated?

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I'm happy
by osgeek on Thu 17th May 2007 19:52 UTC
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..with Google as long as they continue to provide their services to casual users for free, in exchange of those non intrusive ads. If they start charging for the services... that becomes another story.

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RE: I'm happy
by Soulbender on Fri 18th May 2007 03:47 UTC in reply to "I'm happy"
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2005-08-18

"with Google as long as they continue to provide their services to casual users for free,"

This is awesome reasoning. Really. Hey, as long as I can get stuff for free I really dont care what's going on.
I guess we'd all be living under the jackboot heel by now if Hitler had only had sense enough to give stuff away for free.

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See...
by linuxh8r on Thu 17th May 2007 19:55 UTC
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...this is what happens when you become too rich. No one should ever be allowed to have that much money (ie power).

Right?

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RE: See...
by Spellcheck on Thu 17th May 2007 20:09 UTC in reply to "See..."
Spellcheck Member since:
2007-01-20

Well, the old adage goes the same way with s/money/power/.

However, the "money" version tends to get twisted, digested by a slippery-slope argument, and turned into oppressive and authoritarian economic policy... so I steer away from that.

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RE: See...
by fretinator on Thu 17th May 2007 21:49 UTC in reply to "See..."
fretinator Member since:
2005-07-06

...this is what happens when you become too rich. No one should ever be allowed to have that much money (ie power).

Right?


Correct, and as a public service I would like to help some of you too-rich people out with your burden. I wouldn't want you to have to carry it alone!

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RE: See...
by Johann Chua on Thu 17th May 2007 23:23 UTC in reply to "See..."
Johann Chua Member since:
2005-07-22

Yeah, just look at what Warren Buffet did with his money.

Oh, wait.

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They're still "good"
by Beta on Thu 17th May 2007 20:42 UTC
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2005-07-06

In my view: Blocking Microsoft from acquiring DoubleClick = "Don't Be Evil".

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A factual correction
by blahblah on Fri 18th May 2007 03:01 UTC
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2006-03-23

>Perfect 10
Perfect 10 suit isn't over:

Weird, I wouldn't have even noted this, except I went to news.google.com -> osnews -> perfect 10 ( it has some good selection! - at least on the cover.. ) -> news.google.com -> to:

http://tech.monstersandcritics.com/news/article_1305749.php/Google_...
(google wins appeal over perfect 10.)

It all seems kind of incestuous...

>saving/searching e-mail
Anywho, who says yahoo doesn't save your e-mails? I certainly haven't seen any claims that they don't. I always hear this from people who say I should drop my gmail acoount. Then I ask them "And yahoo doesn't save or search your e-mails?". And then they usually just give me a blank look that says "Oh...".

>Doubleclick
They aren't just an ad business with some "questionable" practices - they started off using straight spyware, and not cookies. As in programs that install and attempt to hide themselves and gather information at all times (I've ran into some and did some basic reversing of it). In other words practices that are now _illegal_. This is by far the most worrisome move google has made. Granted, they've supposedly cleaned up their act...

Oh, google buys Waste Management. Granted, it has roots in businesses that were run by the _mob_, but they're clean now... really...

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don't be evil.
by richmassena on Fri 18th May 2007 03:13 UTC
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"don't be evil" was brilliant marketing before Google went public. Google has a duty to its share holders to be evil if the situation may require.

Thems the breaks.

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Thats how a Company Survive and Rule
by kunaldeo on Fri 18th May 2007 05:17 UTC
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Google is a diffrent type of company. Coming out of a University Project. Till now Google had made our life easier.Here 'I' is me not the ugly and big corporations who monpolise.

In computer industry its always like that. Micorsoft OS, HP Printers, Intel Processors, Symbian Smart Phone OS, ARM embedded Processor, nvidia Graphics and so on.

Considering the given monoploy who is providing us with best services and satisfaction is important here.
Google is providing best search engine and lightining fast gmail. So, whats the problem with that



See Computing is being revoutionized and Company like google is helping us whether its search engine,Adsense,gmail and for that matter google's other services . But at the end you are doing business. Important point is even after that who is providing best service.

Edited 2007-05-18 05:20

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Murder is evil. Rape is evil.
by tomcat on Fri 18th May 2007 06:35 UTC
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The machinations of the software industry are not evil and, anybody who thinks otherwise, needs a healthy dose of reality.

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necessity
by netpython on Fri 18th May 2007 11:26 UTC
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2005-07-06

The existence of google is and was a bare necessity for me personal.Google has been of great help to search for rare bugs or configurations present and today.

If only people would be a little more aware of all the residu of their internet presence they transmit due to inadequately configured systems.That's hardly the fault of Google.Anyway i hope google stays forever.

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Google-Turning Evil? Is the end near?
by dustyP on Sun 20th May 2007 10:53 UTC
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2007-05-20

I really enjoyed reading this article. Thank you. I would bet this idea of google morphing into an 'evil empire' ala microsoft will gain momentum in the years to come.
Lets face it though, since the internet started up in the early 90s it was a mess... and continued to be a mess until google.
gmail, google news and least of all google searches have transformed the web into a somewhat manageable place for people of ALL languages. how many of these alternative services people mention in their posts support so many languages.
Face it google is here to stay, and given how powerful they will become... we should be afraid. But this may be the price we pay for having an organised world wide web.

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