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At the moment, Google’s stock is slightly above $600, and the company has a market cap of $187.42 billion.  Given this evidence, it would be hard to say that Google doesn’t like money.  But one onlooker has called the search giant greedy and wonders if it will “ruin the Internet.”


Digital Democracy Director Slams Google's Greed
Digital Democracy Director Slams Google’s Greed

Jeffrey Chester, the onlooker in question, has some impressive credentials, and works as the Center for Digital Democracy’s executive director.  So when he states, “Google’s new marketing strategy poses a huge threat to our privacy and democratic aspirations for the Internet,” the rest of his argument is worth reading.

Chester begins by listing ways in which Google has come to dominate various markets.  YouTube, AdSense, Gmail, not to mention the main search engine – the Mountain View’s products are simply omnipresent online.  As online media overtakes print – we’ve seen data indicating that a shift in the balance will occur by 2011 – Google will grow even more powerful.

Which leads Chester to ask, “Do we want a ubiquitous data collection system where private repositories of sensitive information can be sold to the highest commercial bidder — or turned over to the state for its own political interests?”  Even assuming that Larry Page, Sergey Brin, and Eric Schmidt stick to the “do no evil” way of business, their successors might not.

In related news, Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer stated that Google reads users’ emails.

Digital Democracy Director Slams Google’s Greed
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    I have been watching google closely since about 2005 when i noticed
    google ip’s appearing at most webpages via Sysinternals TCP-IP view
    on Windows and Ether-Ape on Linux. I have tried blocking google and
    google-analytics on my router and in my hosts file and google is the only
    entity i know of on the web where these measures are completely
    ineffective. I have also found google a providing cover aliase for
    double-click using an infinite number of ip’s. It used to be that a person
    could block double-click by filling out a form at their website, but now google
    is injecting double-click technology into peoples computers with no recourse.
    I found that out by using the ASN inspector button on 3d Traceroute.
    If you want to download 3d Traceroute and try that yourself don’t search
    for it on google ,their link leads to a phony version that doesn’t work.
    I always see google hovering around when they shouldn’t be and suspect
    that they interfere with downloads of applications they don’t like.
    They are censoring the internet to China , how much and what are they
    censoring in the US?