But these can’t cover the breadth of available information that web searchers need. I don’t know what will, or when, but it’s desperately needed.
You mean like cholera will continue to spread in Haiti? The House Majority will double the size of k-12 classrooms through nefarious cuts to education spending? Better Google searches will bring us Medicare Part E?
I’m being snarky / sarcastic here, but if I’m missing something, if the mucking up of web searches is something more dire than a First World Deprivation, do tell me.
The European Union has slowly started turning the antitrust crank against Google, announcing that it’s launching an investigation into the company for unfair business practices. Microsoft famously went through the EU wringer earlier this decade, and ended up paying more than a billion dollars in fines. It was also forced to reveal more information about technical protocols used by Windows and other products, and to offer an alternate version of Windows without the Windows Media Player, which nobody bought.
A Microsoft manager who worked on the digital media team during this period explained what Google should expect. (He asked to be quoted anonymously, as all official comments about legal cases are supposed to come from Microsoft’s lawyers or public relations groups.)
But Google is guilty of once again acting like just another company with short-term interests to protect. This should not surprise us. Google’s modus operandi is to step into a vacuum that used to be the function of the state. Think about Google Books as a cheap replacement for libraries, which should be connecting people to all that learning. Or consider the clumsy pseudo-diplomatic role Google played earlier this year in its showdown with China.
We should have stopped believing the “don’t be evil” hype some years ago. Google has long asked to be treated as something special. But it’s special in only one way: its capacity for audacity.
Google net neutrality stance gives ‘Net’s future to corporations (via azspot)