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The Case Against Google - A NY Times Article

     
1:28 am on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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"Critics say the search giant is squelching competition before it begins. Should the government step in?"

Source: [nytimes.com...]

It's a long read, so grab a cup of coffee if you must. :)
2:44 am on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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That was long... ouch.
Very interesting and well worth the read. I'm still processing it all.
10:20 am on Feb 21, 2018 (gmt 0)

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@glakes

Great article. We might have been labelled as stingy (not helping competition in bidding wars, especially with your type of product) and blessed with zombies instead.

The funny side is that we see great rankings and and all the traffic still comming...
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I will read this momentarily. Oddly enough I watched the Snowden documentary. All this stuff about the government connecting all the dots and knowing everything we do. Whelp, how about a company like Google and their unheard of ability to connect our dots for the purposes of advertising and or selling us stuff? I'm not saying Google is connecting all of our dots, but think about all the dots they have at their disposal. So in terms of competition, who would be able to compete with that? Google potentially knows everything about what you do, where you are and everything else that companies can use to figure out what sells and how to sell something. Nobody has ever had the access to people's information such as Google does. I'm sure they don't connect all our dots. I'm sure if we set up our privacy properly that they can't see our searches, online time, our location, our clicks, etc all at the same time. Right? This amount of data goes well beyond the grasp of any governing body. They don't comprehend it, nor do most people. I love Google and their services/initiatives but I also realize that they potentially know EVERYTHING about my EVERY move.
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Rankbrain connects all your neurones not the dots...
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After reading the article, it seems that playing the "monopoly" card wins from the PR pressure perspective. If enough big firms start kicking up a fuss, it's that PR and coverage that will tame the beast. That is, if Microsoft and their example is to be used as proof. At the same time Google knows the Microsoft story and it's out there to see. Google can avoid the pitfalls of Microsoft. What gets interesting though, and I'm just having fun with this, but ultimately Google can control the dialogue. News? What news? You mean that page 3 story about Company X suing Google? Oh right, that one. Of course Google won't play those games but it's fun to think about. Imagine now, Google can blame the bots! It's not us, it's the AI that did it. We have no idea why the news is skewed to protect the mothership. Afterall, the algo has thousands of changes and tweaks each year so it could be one of a thousand possibilities why certain stories get buried. Just think though. As the pressure mounts, wouldn't there always be that temptation? The story definitely gets interesting. The algo and what goes on is so hidden and protected nobody would know what's going on. Scary when you consider the control one company has on the global economics and flow of information. I know, I know. Some of you with your pockets getting lined with revenue don't mind what's going on. It's the classic tale. Go back in history and you will see what the blind eye does. The expression "not in my backyard" has proven to be a defect that most humans seem to fall victim to especially when greed and money play into it.
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[edited by: goodroi at 3:02 pm (utc) on Feb 26, 2018]
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