Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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RE[3]: When it comes to taxes...
by meme on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 10:39 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: When it comes to taxes..."
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What Google released that was revolutionary?

1) GMail. It was first email, where you could have as much mail as you wanted and never had to delete anything. If you came from provider with 10-15 MB account size, it was a godsend. For the first time, you could have all your email on server, not that POP3 nonsense, where you were wondering on which device the email ended up. It was really the first one that was worry free. It literally changed user's attitude towards email.

The labels instead of folders were just a cherry on the top.

2). Maps. Making available always-up-to-date geospatial data for free or low fee is huge. Before that, if you wanted ortofoto of a small city (about 300 km^2), you had to shell out about 12K EUR. No updates, of course, if you wanted newer data, you had to buy them again. The same for maps, landbase, geocoding... Now it is available on the web, for free. Many people still don't realize, how huge this is.

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