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The Banality of ‘Don’t Be Evil’ by Julian Assange

This book is a balefully seminal work in which neither author has the language to see, much less to express, the titanic centralizing evil they are constructing. “What Lockheed Martin was to the 20th century,” they tell us, “technology and cybersecurity companies will be to the 21st.” Without even understanding how, they have updated and seamlessly implemented George Orwell’s prophecy. If you want a vision of the future, imagine Washington-backed Google Glasses strapped onto vacant human faces — forever. Zealots of the cult of consumer technology will find little to inspire them here, not that they ever seem to need it. But this is essential reading for anyone caught up in the struggle for the future, in view of one simple imperative: Know your enemy.

more on nytimes.com.

Julian Assange reviews “The New Digital Age” by Eric Schmidt. Interestingly, Schmidt did a long interview with Assange while preparing on the book. That didn’t make the review any more flattering.

Google and the NSA: Who’s holding the ‘shit-bag’ now?

So let’s reprise this situation: The Chairman of Google’s girlfriend was being used as a back channel for Hillary Clinton. This is illustrative. It shows that at this level of US society, as in other corporate states, it is all musical chairs.

For an extended time Silicon Valley was pinned for not understanding the intricacies of Washington politics. Well, these days are long gone.

Battle for the planet of the APIs

Once Facebook had proven that it was possible to be the one-stop-shop for your user’s every need, that became the model to emulate. Startups stopped seeing themselves as just one part of a bigger web. Now they wanted to be the only service that their users would ever need …just like Facebook.

more on adactio.com.

A good article with a horrible title about the open web we’re loosing right now.

Google is about to learn a tough lesson

Third, and lastly, Google is sending a strong signal to the market that it will have no mercy of killing whatever product it doesn’t think it’s going well. It just told users, professionals and enterprises that we all should not use any product from Google if requires long term commitment (not business-type commitment, but data and emotional commitment) unless we have a sense that’s going to succeed. Now, I have to be in the business of evaluating Google’s product long-term viability before I can commit. Sure, I’m pretty sure Gmail is not going away, but what about Google Talk and Google Wallet? What about Picassa or YouTube?

In the light of recent news killing Reader is not Google’s biggest PR problem recently. Does anyone still remember the “don’t be evil” slogan?

Doublespeak Denials Of PRISM Hid The Truth About Participation

“Direct Access” didn’t mean no access. “Back door” didn’t mean no door. “Only in accordance with the law” didn’t mean PRISM is illegal. And you didn’t need to have heard of a codename to have participated. Larry, Zuck, you didn’t spell out your denials of the NSA’s data spying program in plain english, and now we know why. You were obligated to help the government in its spying, but were muzzled.

Translation of the recent statements of companies allegedly involved in PRISM into plain English.

Code Hard or Go Home

In the world of open source software, this is the only legitimate way to assert “ownership” of a project: become the driving force behind the development process by contributing the most—and the best—changes.

John Siracusa on what exactly does it take to succeed with a large software project like web browser engine or a mobile operating system. Or why it’s going to be so hard to beat Google on the Android throne, even though it’s “open” to anyone.

Tech Confessional: The Googler Who Looked At The Worst Of The Internet

Sitting in the sun at a tech company cafeteria, this former Google worker described a year spent immersed in some of the darkest content available on the Internet. His role at the tech company mainly consisted of reviewing things like bestiality, necrophilia, body mutilations (gore, shock, beheadings, suicides), explicit fetishes (like diaper porn) and child pornography found across all Google products — an experience that he found “scarring.” The company refused to make him a full-time worker, keeping him on contract status without much of a support system.
more on buzzfeed.com

That sounds terrifying, yet the worst thing this person seem to complain about is that he wasn’t hired full time.

Fortune Exclusive: Larry Page on Google

Partly I feel that Google is in uncharted territory in the sense that I don’t think there’s an example from history I can take and say: “Why don’t we just do that?” We’re at a pretty big scale. We’re doing a lot of different things. We want to be a different kind of company. We’d like to have more of a social component in what we do. We like people to be happy with the products they’re using. We like our employees to be happy about working here.

Larry Page on mobile, search, innovation at Google and his role as a CEO.

Kurzweil joins Google to work on new projects involving machine learning and language processing

In 1999, I said that in about a decade we would see technologies such as self-driving cars and mobile phones that could answer your questions, and people criticized these predictions as unrealistic. Fast forward a decade — Google has demonstrated self-driving cars, and people are indeed asking questions of their Android phones. It’s easy to shrug our collective shoulders as if these technologies have always been around, but we’re really on a remarkable trajectory of quickening innovation, and Google is at the forefront of much of this development.

Not so long time ago I would have thought that Google is hiring a loon. But we already live in the future and it’s me who is not able to catch up with it.

Google’s big push to make better iOS apps than Apple

And it’s not an accident: the company’s iOS development team has cultivated a specific look and feel for its products on Apple’s platform. Now it’s devoting and building whole teams to creating apps for iOS. After years of internal debate over the role of apps or websites as the best home for Google services on mobile devices, it’s become pretty clear that those within Google advocating for better apps have prevailed.
more on gigaom.com

Looking for a trend in the recent wave of iOS apps from Google.