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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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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