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[4]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sun 15th Jan 2012 03:05 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: Do no evil"
sbergman27
Member since:
2005-07-24

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?

-Steve

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RE[5]: Do no evil
by jared_wilkes on Sun 15th Jan 2012 16:46 in reply to "RE[4]: Do no evil"
jared_wilkes Member since:
2011-04-25

"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?"

Why would I even posit such a silly question and think it says anything about Google?

The question is: do I actually think Google "stood up to" China when they are now admitting they need China's business and are looking to reverse or at least increase other business in China not long after?

The answer is: No, I don't.

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RE[6]: Do no evil
by sbergman27 on Sun 15th Jan 2012 20:01 in reply to "RE[5]: Do no evil"
sbergman27 Member since:
2005-07-24

Why would I even posit such a silly question and think it says anything about Google?

It was an important market. They were trying to act as ethically as possible in a difficult situation. And they let their ethical stance and strategy cause them to make a rash move which, in retrospect, may not have been the wisest move, from either the standpoint of their ethical or business goals.

The question is: do I actually think Google "stood up to" China when they are now admitting they need China's business and are looking to reverse or at least increase other business in China not long after?

Years after.

But I've learned to limit the time I allocate to people promoting agendas *against* this or that. Rarely is it a productive use of time.

You hate Google? Fine. I am merely concerned about particulars.

I will continue to watch, wait, and evaluate according to my observations.

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