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Weighing In On The Dark Side Of America's Favorite Company

  • NY Times, Monday, November 28, 2005 10:49 AM
The New York Times offers a composite of recent news columns and on-the-record statements from industry observers about Google conspiracy theories. Among those considered are columns appearing in London's The Register, The Washington Post, and Cnet's News.com , the point being that anti-Google sentiment is on the rise and Big Brother whispers are getting louder. The Register's column, entitled "Big Google is Much Worse Than Big Oil," asserts that Google's success is more about mesmerizing investors and consumers than providing any real value. The columnist warns us that once Google has a total monopoly on online advertising and content, the company will no longer look so cute and innocent anymore. The Washington Post asks us "What lurks in Its Soul?" and answers, predictably, that nobody knows, but its innocent "Don't Be Evil" slogan wreaks of something straight out of "2001: A Space Odyssey." As Post reporter David Vise says, "Google knows a lot more about you than you know about Google."

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