Linked by snydeq on Mon 8th Aug 2011 22:14 UTC
Google InfoWorld's Neil McAllister questions whether slowing product development, legal woes, and rising bureaucracy will signal trying times ahead for Google. "With Google's rapid growth have come new challenges. It faces intense competition in all of its major markets, even as it enters new ones. Its newer initiatives have often struggled to reach profitability. It must answer multiple ongoing legal challenges, to say nothing of antitrust probes in the United States and Europe. Privacy advocates accuse it of running roughshod over individual rights. As a result, it's becoming more cautious and risk-averse. But worst of all, as it grows ever larger and more cumbersome, it may be losing its appeal to the highly educated, impassioned workers that power its internal knowledge economy." Note from Thom: Are Apple's Microsoft's Google's days behind it? I don't think you can call yourself a technology giant without a '[...] is dying'-article.
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Not with our current patent system
by coreyography on Mon 8th Aug 2011 23:00 UTC
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"Best days"? Maybe. For some definition of those words. They probably couldn't keep up their pace indefinitely anyway.

Besides, until there is substantive patent reform, there won't be many upstarts taking its (or Microsoft's, or Apple's) place -- at least not on US soil. The threat of lawsuits is too great.

Edited 2011-08-08 23:04 UTC

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