Linked by snydeq on Mon 8th Aug 2011 22:14 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Neil McAllister questions whether slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy will signal trying times ahead for Google. "With Google's rapid growth have come new challenges. It faces intense competition in all of its major markets, even as it enters new ones. Its newer initiatives have often struggled to reach profitability. It must answer multiple ongoing legal challenges, to say nothing of antitrust probes in the United States and Europe. Privacy advocates accuse it of running roughshod over individual rights. As a result, it's becoming more cautious and risk-averse. But worst of all, as it grows ever larger and more cumbersome, it may be losing its appeal to the highly educated, impassioned workers that power its internal knowledge economy." Note from Thom: Are Apple's Microsoft's Google's days behind it? I don't think you can call yourself a technology giant without a '[...] is dying'-article.
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People outside companies forget that Job #1 is indeed Job #1. This leads to them becoming willing partners in the Benevolent Overlord syndrome we see all the time. When the company screws them... they are *SHOCKED*. So, trusting Google no further than you can throw it, is a good thing.

So true. And that goes for any publicly traded, for-profit company. Some of my friends are hoping that Google+ succeeds over Facebook, because they consider Google to be the 'less evil' of the two. Well, at least Facebook just comes right out and tells you that they don't give a shit about your privacy, while Google attempts to sneak in the back door with their 'don't be evil' mantra, and hopes you don't notice that you're taking it up the ass, as they do things like drive around, slurping data from public wifi access points, and then try to say they did it on accident.

Even if their intentions were noble in the beginning (and I believe they were), once a company sells its soul to Wall Street, it becomes the property of the shareholders, who generally don't give a rat's ass about anything other than making money.

Edited 2011-08-09 02:16 UTC

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