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…readers seem to engage in a lot of debate over whether Google and Amazon are “better” than Apple when it comes to ecosystem lock-in. But all of those services only work with approved devices using approved players with approved content. What you’re arguing about is the size of the cage you’re in. chipotle_coyote

Of all the reactions so far to the Snowden revelations, Google’s new encrypted searches may be the most consequential in advancing human freedom and online privacy. While the Western world benefits from greater privacy protections against warrantless surveillance by the NSA and other agencies, the impact in China may be much greater… Hullabaloo

Every Google product I’ve used has at some point started getting worse rather than better, if not simply canceled. From search to docs to notebooks to reader to YouTube to gmail, etc. My problem with all the G integration with other products not for any privacy concerns but because the result is worse than what it was before. Robert Fisher: Thinking out loud (3.0)

Every time I visit Google+, sad to say, there’s an unpleasant taste in my mouth. I associate the service with accidentally clicking the wrong button in Gmail or Google Calendar or Google Maps, or being forced to sign in for some random reason. It’s like going to the DMV. You can dress it up as nicely as you like, it’s still the DMV. Sorry, Google , We Still Won’t Come to Your Party

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Google was going wild in early 2013, they were like android demigods. Now Google is, all of a sudden, presto, Russia. Google is a surveillance secret-police empire with spy binoculars on their faces. Sergey Brin’s pet Moonshots are just a lame prestige show. It’s sad, really. Larry and Sergei used to be the Not-Evil Guys, they empowered the users and won their instinctive trust. Now, if Snowden entered the boardroom of Google, Larry and Sergei would shriek in falsetto like the Wicked Witches of the West and melt into two puddles of black wax. Bruce Sterling

When we develop technology in a vacuum, disconnected from the reality in which people really live, we are too likely to spend our energy designing some abstract vision of a future life rather than addressing the pains and injustices around us right now. Technology becomes a way of escaping the world’s problems, whether through virtual reality or massive Silicon Valley stock options packages, rather than engaging with them. Is Google redefining ‘don’t be evil’?

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Google motto 2004: Don’t be evil Google motto 2010: Evil is tricky to define Google motto 2013: We make military robots Twitter / BrentButt

unless we exercise choice about the technologies we adopt, we are abdicating ourselves from the throne of human responsibility. When we accept Amazon’s (rather far-fetched) drones without asking if we really want them, we become no more than drones ourselves – insentient machines whom companies can take cash from by simply exciting our fried circuits with the ‘ooohs’ and ‘ahhhhs’ of novelty. Google Glass is a fine example. In a socio-political context where it has been revealed that all of the big-tech companies have been cooperated with governments to allow them to snoop on us, it seems quite unbelievable that Glass could be any more than an April Fools prank. Really, Google want us to wear a device that allows live-video streaming of what we are seeing, audio recording of all we are saying – of neighbours and family members and unsuspecting people we happen to be near in bars and cafes – and we are meant to nod and say ‘yes please‘? Kester Brewin

You want to bring fiber to every home (Google Fiber)? Well, I’ll blanket the world with balloons (Project Loon) serving up WiFi to every square inch of the planet! Larry’s campaign, if successful, will make Caesar, Napoleon, Columbus, the Wright Brothers, the Apollo 11 Mission, the Manhattan Project, and our Founding Fathers look limited in scope. Google is the Disruptor

A cop just stopped me and gave me a ticket for wearing Google Glass while driving! The exact line says: Driving with Monitor visible to Driver (Google Glass). Is #GoogleGlass ilegal while driving or is this cop wrong??? Any legal advice is appreciated!! This happened in California. Do you know any other #GlassExplorers that got a similar ticket anywhere in the US? Cecilia Abadie

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