The Death of Privacy?Cleland claims that Google doesn't allow users to be as private with their data as they could be. In fact, he alleges that the search giant subscribes to a policy of "Privacy for me, radical transparency for thee."
Google is an interesting company. Founded by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the search engine made it easier for people around the globe to find the information they were looking for as quickly as possible. And, within a short time, Web users realized that Google had achieved its goal. After cornering the search market, Google turned its attention elsewhere by solidifying its position as the top Web advertiser in the industry, cementing itself as a top cloud-computing company, and even releasing a mobile operating system. Now, Google is one of the most powerful companies in the world. And that power has garnered the company an equally fair share of lovers and haters. In the book "Search and Destroy: Why You Can't Trust Google Inc.," (Telescope Books/available now), author Scott Cleland looks to be one of Google's detractors. He outlines why he believes the search giant is taking control over information with the ultimate desire to become a top power in the technology industry. For its part, Google has said that it doesn't want to do "evil." And many would agree that the company has been successful at that. When asked to comment on the book, a Google spokesman replied: "Is it possible to be quoted shrugging my shoulders? Everyone knows that Mr. Cleland stopped being a neutral analyst years ago and is now paid by Microsoft and AT&T to criticize Google full time." We figure we'll let you decide for yourself. Here are 10 highlights from Cleland's book:
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