Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 7th Feb 2006 23:53 UTC
Google Fighting for icon space on the desktop is so 2001. The new frontier on a virgin PC is the browser, and Internet companies like Google are jostling for space on the browsers of new PCs. Dell and Google are evaluating a partnership in which the Google Toolbar, Google Desktop Search and a Google-designed Dell home page are included on new Dell PCs, a Dell representative confirmed.
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What about the users?
by dawser on Wed 8th Feb 2006 01:02 UTC
dawser
Member since:
2006-02-06

I understand Google is paying Dell "a bit" of money to get their products installed in millions of PCs. Who will warn Dell's users about their loss of privacy?. Is it going to be implicit in the EULA?. Will they have two different prices for new PCs, cheap, Google hypercharged and subsidized or more expensive but without the "features"?. Oh, maybe all the money goes to Dell instead of the users who will become new Google "slaves".

Come on, Google is not giving anything for "free", do we really want it or can we live with not so good tools such as Beagle?; tools without cookies, storing your searches, targeting you with ads, scanning your e-mail...

People who know the truth can choose. My concern is most people who buy a PC from Dell have no idea about the repercusions. But the funny thing is in general, people are very concerned with their privacy, nobody likes a neighbor peeking through their window. What would happen if they knew?.

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RE: What about the users?
by rm6990 on Wed 8th Feb 2006 01:14 in reply to "What about the users?"
rm6990 Member since:
2005-07-04

I doubt people really care if some random computer program scans your stuff. I have asked my mom and grandparents about this before, and they said unless Google has actual physical people sitting there and reading your private information, they couldn't care less.

Well people from OSNews or Slashdot may care, your average computer user who uses services such as Hotmail doesn't care.

Actually, the exact response I got from my Grandpa was "If I ever plan on killing anyone, I just won't mention it on Yahoo! Mail (he hasn't switched yet...I'm still working on him) and I'll be fine"

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