Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sat 18th May 2013 21:33 UTC
Google Why does Google get so much credit in the technology industry? Why, despite the company's many obvious failings, do many geeks and enthusiasts still hold a somewhat positive view on the all-knowing technology giant? A specific talk at Google I/O this week provides the answer.
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google is good in recognizing what is *not* competing with their core business. they don't do preventive actions. hacking devices is (still) not harming any of their business + it's good for reputation.

but they deliberately killed rss (remember google reader) and with new google hangouts replacing google talk they show how much they care about xmpp.

supporting these technologies is about supporting the very specific ecosystem of interoperability which is affecting a waaay more people and business than few guys running ubuntu on google glass (which would happen anyway with or without google support)

they can do this kind of control because it's not that lawyers or mba people are in charge of making the decisions but engineers (who are much more into long term goals). that's certainly better (at the moment) than most of the other actors but that uniqueness shouldn't be misrecognized as generosity.

good test is the timeline of their decisions or what exactly they do when they are able to fuck something up for their own interest. google like every other company uses its monopolistic power whenever they can.

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