Linked by Mohit Ranka on Thu 17th May 2007 15:07 UTC
Google A recent Google acquisition of DoubleClick for a whopping USD 3.1 billion has turned many heads. The recent past certainly does not fit into Google's traditional non-aggressive attitude towards acquisitions for monopoly in the market. DoubleClick Inc., a spearhead in ad-serving, is only one of many companies acquired by Google. A comprehensive list can be seen here. Beside Google's acquisitions, this article will also explore some changes in Google's philosophy and potential threats to web community.
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too late
by nirvanix on Thu 17th May 2007 15:46 UTC
nirvanix
Member since:
2005-10-03

They scan the emails of their gmail users, and they keep your search history. That makes them evil in my book. In fact, I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?

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RE: too late
by renhoek on Thu 17th May 2007 16:48 in reply to "too late"
renhoek Member since:
2007-04-29

if you don't want use googles evil engine you can always use www.live.com

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RE[2]: too late
by stestagg on Fri 18th May 2007 11:42 in reply to "RE: too late"
stestagg Member since:
2006-06-03

However evil Google is (or isn't), It is better to have the diversity/competition of 2 evil companies, rather than just Microsoft(owns live.com) being one arch-evil company.

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RE: too late
by tryphcycle on Thu 17th May 2007 17:00 in reply to "too late"
tryphcycle Member since:
2006-02-16

"hey scan the emails of their gmail users, and they keep your search history. That makes them evil in my book. In fact, I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?"

Hey dude.... Sweaty Steve Balmar the MS Highschool Football coach say MSNs search engine is better... go use their's and dont let the door hit you and the arse!

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RE: too late
by Kroc on Thu 17th May 2007 17:13 in reply to "too late"
Kroc Member since:
2005-11-10

When the American government came knocking for user's data - both Yahoo and Microsoft handed it over without batting an eyelid. Google refused, and took it to court.

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RE[2]: too late
by superstoned on Thu 17th May 2007 19:12 in reply to "RE: too late"
superstoned Member since:
2005-07-07

exact. Saving al this data isn't exactly wonderfull, but at least they TRY to protect it.

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RE[2]: too late
by irbis on Thu 17th May 2007 19:33 in reply to "RE: too late"
irbis Member since:
2005-07-08

"When the American government came knocking for user's data - both Yahoo and Microsoft handed it over without batting an eyelid. Google refused, and took it to court."

Good point, and congrats to Google.
But why didn't they also care for the democratic rights of the Chinese people to get access to free and critical information too?

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RE: too late
by bolomkxxviii on Thu 17th May 2007 19:14 in reply to "too late"
bolomkxxviii Member since:
2006-05-19

"I'd like to find another search engine if someone could recommend a good one?"

How about:

ASK
Dogpile - metasearch engine
incywincy - "under web" engine

Too bad Northernlight went under.

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RE: too late
by Peter Besenbruch on Thu 17th May 2007 19:41 in reply to "too late"
Peter Besenbruch Member since:
2006-03-13

I might take issue with the term "evil," but I share some of your concerns. For search, I use Scroogle:

http://www.scroogle.org/scraper.html [Google results]
http://www.scroogle.org/scraper7.html [Yahoo results]

I like Scroogle, because they drop all records of your search after a week.

Then there is Clusty:
http://clusty.com/

Clusty does a very good job as an aggregator, and they are no where near as aggressive in the data collection department.

For e-mail, when you can get full domain hosting for $30 a year, e-mail isn't much of an issue. I find Fastmail one of the best free/pay e-mail services out there.

http://fastmail.net/

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