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-Sampling private wi-fi data?
-Changing search algorithms to further the company’s self interest rather than the user’s?
-Changing AdWords backgrounds to make them more ambiguously an ad?
These may not be “evil”, but they’re borderline “unsavory”. My feeling is that Google understands that these are necessary to their long-term mission. Sometimes to make an omelet, you have to break a few eggs.
"I saw the company go from a place where engineers were seen as violent disruptors and innovators, to a place where doing things 'The Google Way' was king, and where thinking outside the box was discouraged and even chastised."
"Engineers at Google spend way too much time fussing about with everything other than engineering and product design."
"Google has a very, very strong NIH (Not Invented Here) syndrome. Alternate solutions ... are all seen as technically inferior and poorly engineered systems. Google needs to get off it's high horse, and look at what's happening outside of it's organization."
"One of the things I heard over and over was 'If your product isn't a billion-dollar idea, then it's not worth Google's time.'"