Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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RE[5]: monopoly abuse
by Thom_Holwerda on Sat 14th Jan 2012 20:43 UTC in reply to "RE[4]: monopoly abuse"
Thom_Holwerda
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The main thing though is to not pretend that Google is anything other than what it is. The world's largest advertising company.


None of what you wrote is wrong.

The problem is that you usually act as if you are the only one who has seen the light, and that you must now bring the light to the poor unwashed masses locked in the darkness that is Google's cave. The problem is - the cave is already electrically lit with LED lights, a few people brought a snooker table, installed a bar, an arcade, several 50" big screen TVs, and loads of computers to hold a LAN party, while sunlight is let in through beautiful skylights.

The gist: don't act as if you are the only one who is aware of Google's enormous potential for evil. We know. We are fully aware. Just because we don't reiterate it every post in bold doesn't mean we think Google is all that is good in the world.

The cold and harsh truth is, though, that if you look at the track records of the three biggest companies in technology, Google's is a shade of heavenly white with a few dubious stains on it, whereas Apple's and Microsoft's are pitch-black. Google's, Microsoft's, and Apple's potentials for evil are all huge - it's just that one of these three has - so far - done relatively little with its potential.

That is not to say they will remain that way forever - just that as it stands now, if you put a gun to my head and asked me to trust any of these three, past behaviour indicates Google is your best bet.

For now.

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