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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If Google had no intention to ever sue anyone why did they bid for the Nortel Patents. Merely owning the patents would active nothing. If Google intended to acquire the patents for defensive purposes (which is what they said) how could patents be used defensively without suing or threatening to sue anyone?

Oh come one, don't make it seem as if using force defensively is the same as using it offensively. That's utterly idiotic, and you know it. I have no issues with a company using patents defensively, much in the same way I don't have any issues with, say, shop owners in London using violence to protect their shops from being looted.

Let's stick to the facts you say and then prattle on about an imaginary 'anti-Google cartel'. What is the evidence for this cartel, what product is such a cartel protecting?

Look at the consortia buying the Novell and Nortel patents. Look at the curious simultaneous lawsuits. Look at the fact that these companies make up the old boys network using legal means to keep out newcomers. Look at the close friendship between Ellison and Jobs. Denying there's a concerted effort going on to attack Android at this point in time is laughable.

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