USA Today article on Google worth reading

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  1. Deepdale macrumors 68000

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    The main story on the front page of the Money section is entitled “Once-brotherly image turns Big Brotherly.” It is about the growing chorus of concerns dealing with data privacy and protection.
     
  2. watcher2001 macrumors 6502a

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  3. neffedo macrumors member

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    Whoa! :eek:

    I just realized how much I use Google. . .
     
  4. watcher2001 macrumors 6502a

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    I am right there with you. Lets see.

    1: Search engine for basic searches (Obvious)
    2: Image searchs for wallpaper and large size images
    3: Google Earth (Love this program)
    4: Google Mail (multiple accounts)
    5: Google Talk
    6: Google Maps. (IMHO Best directions on the web.)
    7: Forgot about the google toolbar (I guess that would go with number 1)
    8: and even on occasion I will use froggle to shop. (Ebay is still my marketpalce of choice)

    And the sad thing is that I have not even scratched the surface of tools available
     
  5. MongoTheGeek macrumors 68040

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    People talk about data privacy with google. The thing is that all of that data was out there already, just hard to find. Most of these online detective things just skim publicly accessible data.

    There are bigger threats to anonymity than Google and bigger threats to privacy. The billion and 1 user ids and logins you need to access online accounts. The little shopping cards that everyone carries on there keyrings to save 35 cents on a far of peanut butter.

    Google is growing at a phenomenal rate and is spreading into other fields. Like Andrew Carnegie when he had most of the steal production in the US and little hope of getting more started to buy iron mines and coal mines as well as railroads. Google is loosing focus and will have to split or shrink.
     

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