Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 21st Feb 2018 23:06 UTC
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In other words, it's very likely you love Google, or are at least fond of Google, or hardly think about Google, the same way you hardly think about water systems or traffic lights or any of the other things you rely on every day. Therefore you might have been surprised when headlines began appearing last year suggesting that Google and its fellow tech giants were threatening everything from our economy to democracy itself. Lawmakers have accused Google of creating an automated advertising system so vast and subtle that hardly anyone noticed when Russian saboteurs co-opted it in the last election. Critics say Facebook exploits our addictive impulses and silos us in ideological echo chambers. Amazon’s reach is blamed for spurring a retail meltdown; Apple's economic impact is so profound it can cause market-wide gyrations. These controversies point to the growing anxiety that a small number of technology companies are now such powerful entities that they can destroy entire industries or social norms with just a few lines of computer code. Those four companies, plus Microsoft, make up America's largest sources of aggregated news, advertising, online shopping, digital entertainment and the tools of business and communication. They're also among the world's most valuable firms, with combined annual revenues of more than half a trillion dollars.

The recent focus on technology companies when it comes to corporate power is definitely warranted, but I do find it a little peculiar that it, at the same time, draws attention away from other sectors where giant corporations are possibly doing even more damage to society, like large oil companies and the environment, or the concentration of media companies.

One has to wonder if the recent aggressive focus on tech companies isn't entirely natural.

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RE: Google is not a monpoly
by coherence on Thu 22nd Feb 2018 19:47 UTC in reply to "Google is not a monpoly"
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I just can't see how Google is a monopoly. There is nothing stopping anyone from setting up a competitor to Google.

Are you kidding me? The two largest search engines in the world are Google and Youtube (yes youtube can be considered a search engine as it has the world's largest library of videos). such down late last year because it pretty much impossible to turn a profit with video site due to the storage cost of video. The other video sites basically aren't anywhere near as decent

To start a search engine these days again is a mammoth task because it isn't like the 1990s where you can have a couple of SQL Databases and half decent search box to find sites. I've build a web crawler with elastic search, but anything past that requires some serious engineering which will require probably at least a few million to get anything that is half as good as duck duck go which while decent isn't half as good as google.

Then you have Google Maps, they basically have a monopoly on mapping (I work for a company that does a lot of work with Geo).

Almost every phone coming out is Android with their services.

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