Linked by Thom Holwerda on Fri 13th Jan 2012 22:45 UTC, submitted by bowkota
Google It really hasn't been Google's week. First the entire internet exploded because of some uninteresting nonsense regarding social networking (really internet?), but today something happened that's actually a bad thing and worth talking about: in Kenya, Google has been caught accessing the databases of a competing business, and offering Google's own product to the people in the database. Google has already apologised, and is currently investigating the matter.
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RE[2]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sat 14th Jan 2012 05:22 UTC in reply to "RE: Do no evil"
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I think that ship sailed long ago.
Only the most gullible and blue-eyed person would ever think that slogan meant anything.

My eyes are dark brown. But... I'm still just gullible enough to think that Google is doing a damned fine job.

Mon Dieu! The good they do. The quality educational programming they provide. The quality search service they provide. The way they stood up in that face-off against the Chinese government when it would have been much easier, safer, and probably more lucrative to just accede to the demands.

Still, somewhere in the back of my mind, there is an anti-complacency alarm going off regarding the arsenal of data they hold. Maybe nothing to worry about. But no Pollyanna am I. ;-)


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RE[3]: Do no evil
by jared_wilkes on Sat 14th Jan 2012 22:01 in reply to "RE[2]: Do no evil"
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RE[4]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sun 15th Jan 2012 03:05 in reply to "RE[3]: Do no evil"
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Oops. Scratch that one of your list.

No. Their pulling out of China was always of questionable value, IMO. It's the clever ways they came up with for *remaining* in China while circumventing the Great Firewall that were of the greatest value.

I would strongly argue that while pulling out makes a nice political or moral statement, you really can't address the problems in China without *engaging* in China.

We'll have to watch what happens and evaluate accordingly. The potential for future abuse of the concentration of data they hold (either by a future ownership/managerment, or by rogue employees) concerns me.

But for now, I think that Google itself, in its current incarnation is still golden.

Come on. Even if you don't agree with their actions in China today, when was the last time *you* faced off with one of the most powerful governments in the world?


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