Linked by Eugenia Loli on Sat 4th Aug 2007 00:49 UTC, submitted by irbis
Google "Google's first mobile phone reportedly will run a Linux operating system on a Texas Instruments "Edge" chipset, and will likely ship to T-Mobile and Orange customers in the Spring of 2008. "GPhone" call minutes and text messages will apparently be funded by mobile advertising, according to reports." The report found at the popular embedded systems Linux news site LinuxDevices.
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Paranoid
by Excel Hearts Choi on Sat 4th Aug 2007 12:07 UTC
Excel Hearts Choi
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2006-07-08

Assuming what the article says is true, they Google is creating desirable product (features and ease of use) so that they have a new platform for selling advertising. This is, after all, what they did with Gmail. The "price" of using Google products is an invaision of privacy. They scan the contents of your searches (and then save them for who knows how long) and emails so that they can give you a very specific advertising set. With this phone, they could be reading you text messages to do something similar. Or, they could listen to your conversations for key words. GPS technology would allow them to know where you are at, and then send advertising from nearby shops and restaurants to your phone. Or, they could have a completely different business model for the upcoming phone (though history seems to disagree). Maybe I am just being paranoid.

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RE: Paranoid
by ThawkTH on Sat 4th Aug 2007 14:27 in reply to "Paranoid"
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2005-07-06

Just because you're paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you...

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RE: Paranoid
by chemical_scum on Sat 4th Aug 2007 18:36 in reply to "Paranoid"
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2005-11-02

They scan the contents of your searches ... and emails so that they can give you a very specific advertising set. With this phone, they could be reading you text messages to do something similar. Or, they could listen to your conversations for key words. GPS technology would allow them to know where you are at, and then send advertising from nearby shops and restaurants to your phone. ... Maybe I am just being paranoid.

You have hit the nail on the head. I think that millions of suckers like myself will fall for it. I like the convenience of Gmail and its associated tools. The targeted advertising doesn't worry me (indeed sometimes it is good for a laugh).

What does worry me is if someone more sinister than the current "do no evil" Google, like the US gov, gets hold of all that data and uses it in a repressive way.

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RE[2]: Paranoid
by Excel Hearts Choi on Sun 5th Aug 2007 01:20 in reply to "RE: Paranoid"
Excel Hearts Choi Member since:
2006-07-08

As for your data falling into the wrong hands, Google has shown that it will do what it takes to stay ahead. In China, that means caving into the government's version of reality. In the US, that means saying the big bad government can't have our (if you are American) search data. As an American, I guess that means I am safe (at least until public sentiment no longer favors privacy - which may never happen). "Do no evil" may be their motto, but that is certainly open to interpretation. Google makes me nervous.

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RE: Paranoid
by archiesteel on Sat 4th Aug 2007 22:24 in reply to "Paranoid"
archiesteel Member since:
2005-07-02

As long as it's not intrusive, then it doesn't bother me. The risk of Google data falling into the wrong hands might eventually prove worrisome...on the other hand, if that was to happen, you'd have a great case to sue Google for *millions*...

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RE: Paranoid
by ssa2204 on Sun 5th Aug 2007 08:07 in reply to "Paranoid"
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2006-04-22

You have a good point there. There is not a chance in hell that I would use Google phone, hell I refuse to use even Gmail. I just have to laugh at all the idiots in the world who are now jumping on the Google bandwagon thinking they are the anti-Microsoft. They are no different, if not worse in their behavior. The only difference is they use Linux, to which they make changes which they refused to release, and they get all the Linux geeks jumping on their bandwagon. Almost 95% of everyone on my local Linux user group uses Gmail, pathetic. No, I would not assume that Microsoft's services are any different or better. I just think it very ignorant and naive how people see Google.

I see them for what they are, a large mega corporation that has no respect for my privacy. If they come out with their own Linux distro, it will be a cold day in hell before I would load that garbage.

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