Webwork - 9:03 pm on Jun 13, 2012 (gmt 0)
I don't think a Search Engine should be allowed to own generic TLDs. PERIOD.
Yes, but what if G's plan is to provide all their new sTLDs to consumers "for free", even freer when a new G sTLD is deployed to G's free .cloud hosting?
By adding control of the name space G is just vertically integrating . . everything that's left to assimilate . . err, integrate: search, answers in search, images of sites before you visit, affiliate programs, affiliate programs without affiliates (think airfare, hotels, credit card comparisions), "free website hosting" (~partnerships), content/company "pages" (who needs a website?), dark fiber, cell/mobile infrastructure, apps, data, payment system, intellectual property in the aftermarket, life, the universe and everything.
Why does the Twilight Zone episode, featuring a book entitled "To Serve Man" [en.wikipedia.org ], come to mind? Curious.