Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 1st Jun 2014 21:33 UTC
Talk, Rumors, X Versus Y

There were two striking pieces of business news this week from America's leading technology brands. On the one hand, Google unveiled a prototype of an autonomous car that, if it can be made to work at scale, promises to end mass automobile ownership while drastically reducing car wreck fatalities and auto-related pollution. Meanwhile, Apple bought a company that makes high-end headphones.

Which is to say that Apple's playing checkers while Google plays chess.

For better or worse, this is exactly why many people seem to hold Google in higher regard than they do Apple. Both Apple and Google are rich and wealthy beyond average-person-measure. Now, which company will be liked more: the one that uses said wealth to develop crazy may-or-may -not-work technologies that can change the world at a massively substantial scale, or the one that stuffs $150 billion in shady bank accounts to avoid having to pay taxes?

The more wealth you hoard, the less sympathetic people will be towards you. Unless, of course, you use that wealth in a very public way.

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RE[4]: When it comes to taxes...
by Ithamar on Mon 2nd Jun 2014 06:37 UTC in reply to "RE[3]: When it comes to taxes..."
Ithamar
Member since:
2006-03-20

IIRC, besides the search engine, all the other things were bought, not developed by Google itself....

And besides, none of what you're listing is revolutionary, as any of those things did already exist, they just "improved" it, just like Apple did with the iPhone ;)

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Fergy Member since:
2006-04-10

IIRC, besides the search engine, all the other things were bought, not developed by Google itself....

And besides, none of what you're listing is revolutionary, as any of those things did already exist, they just "improved" it, just like Apple did with the iPhone ;)

That is why I explained how I use the word revolutionary. Youtube on my homepc is nothing. Youtube with millions of GB/s in storage and bandwidth with a lot of processing power for free for everyone is revolutionary. The iPhone changed how people use phones, computers and the internet.

Read the comment and then reply.

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henderson101 Member since:
2006-05-30

YouTube still existed a very long time before Google bought them, and pretty much worked in a very similar way. I'm not really clear what Google did. Other than find a way to actually monetise the service.

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zima Member since:
2005-07-06

At least Gmail was an internal development, active for several years within Google before public launch.

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