Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 25th Mar 2013 17:40 UTC
Google Liz Gannes at AllThingsD has an interesting perspective on the Google Reader shutdown. According to her sources, the shutdown was motivated by concerns over compliance - especially privacy. She explains how every product team needs compliance officers, and that Google was unwilling to create such an infrastructure for Google Reader. "The context for this concern about compliance is Google's repeated public failures on privacy due to lack of oversight and coordination. It's pretty clear why Page is trying to run a tighter ship."
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RE: litigation
by WorknMan on Mon 25th Mar 2013 19:52 UTC in reply to "litigation"
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Before, it was about getting cool stuff out and moving on to the next cool thing. But due to lawsuits across the world and governments increasingly trying to police the internet, that is no longer possible.

But when it comes to privacy, is it really that hard to stay out of trouble? All the ways the article mentions that Google screwed up, even I could've told them those things were a bad idea, had they just asked me. Hell, maybe Google should hire me ;) I mean, driving down the street and slurping public wifi data? It doesn't take a privacy lawyer to figure out that doing that kind of thing is gonna piss people off.

And just like the naming of CPUs and such... it's fascinating to me how companies can take a concept that's so simple to comprehend and make it so goddamned complicated.

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