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There’s No Such A Thing As Free Google

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The best things in life are free. What a lovely and well-known phrase, which is not entirely true. Let us take Google, for instance. On the other hand, you are required to leave your box for a moment. When it comes to the modern online business, you should not be narrow minded under any circumstances.

Who says that you have to pay in dollars? Who says that there is only one currency acceptable on the Net? In most of the cases you enjoy your time on the Internet, and for it you pay with your privacy. Your privacy related information is the most wanted currency, which can be found on the Internet.

This is what you get for skipping those tiny little letters at the very end of each agreement you sign with a simple click. Your information, just like billions of other similar ones, is being processed, classified, selected, and used on a daily basis. Google knows you better than you know yourself.

And, there is not much you can actually do about it. Either you play or stay, at home in an offline mode. For what is worth, there is a limit to Google’s advertising tyranny. For the sake of all of us, we hope Google will say to itself when enough is enough. Otherwise, the entire system can collapse for real.

Google’s Sweet Sixteen

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Wow, what do you know. Sixteen years, sixteen long years. How come we have a feeling it seems like Google appeared for the very first time just yesterday? Can you imagine your life without some of the Google’s “children”? What is going to happen with it in the next sixteen weeks, because even the sixteen months it is too long for Google?

Nowadays, Google is more than just a couple of nice looking and colored letters, which helps you to find what you need or like the most on the Internet. Google flies in the sky with its satellites and balloons. It enters our homes through the next generation of the smart devices. What else?

It is the most sophisticated and greedy marketing machinery our world has ever seen. We sure hope it is not going to be something like this. It started with fun colors, and it transformed itself into the SkyNet. Just imagine terminators crawling all over our place with the Google logo on their weapons.

For the sake of all of us and the Internet itself, we sure hope Google knows what it has been doing. And, especially what it plans to do in the near future. We do not want to spoil the birthday party, but the light of the sweet sixteen candles has a special dark shade we cannot dare to describe.

EU Airplane Mode

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How do you feel about it? Are you relieved and enthusiastic or worried like never before? The EU has decided. From now on, you can use your phone in the EU airline flights with no previous limitations. In addition, you are free to use the Internet during the entire period of flight regardless of the altitude.

For what is worth, the EU Commission has issued a recommendation to all European airlines leaving up to them to decide how and to which extent they will allow such an eventuality for passengers. Guys, let us be serious and reasonable. We do not need myth busters to tell us is this good or bad for our security.

On the other hand, you might have guessed what was the reaction of the US neighbors. They are definitely not thrilled nor enthusiastic about it. They are probably already imagining the terrorists, who are googling and texting in the airplanes like crazy. Something like this definitely forces you to ask questions.

How come, we could not use the phones and the Internet while on the planes, until now? Was this only an urban myth, or something more serious? Are you going to buy yourself an airplane ticket somewhere in Europe without the second thoughts or worries in your head? Maybe, this is not such a good idea.

Google, Sprichst Du Deutsch?

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Here is an additional chapter of an epic struggle between Europe and Google. It seems that the Europeans treat the privacy issues in a completely different way the US users do. Actually, maybe they feel the same way, but the options for expressing it are completely different. This time the German government has some unpleasant questions for Google.

For Germans it is obviously not enough to be able to request the removal of compromising links, which are no longer valid from the Google’s search engines. Believe it or not, they want to get a ticket to the very heart of the system. What exactly? Well, the German justice department wants to get a first-hand look to the Google’s golden goose algorithm.

We are referring to the algorithm for ranking and indexing the search results. Google defends its position with a $60 billion argument, which is a yearly value of this intriguing feature. On the other side, the German government wants to examine it thoroughly in order to evaluate its influence on the EU and eventually German users.

You do not have to be a rocket scientist to figure out what was Google’s answer to this German’s “indecent proposal”, do you? It is also worth mentioning that the EU market is the number two market in terms of profit for Google, right after the indisputable US market. Therefore, some kind of a deal will have to be reached, but how?

.Dot After Wars

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What do you know, how the things can change quickly. As always, there is a breathtaking twist. Not so long ago, we fought each other like crazy to get our hands on the right domain name for our business. Let us call this time before .dot wars. Nowadays, we are very likely to experience the .dot after wars.

What is this all about. Mark our words. THe gTLD (generic top-level domain) stuff is the next big thing. It may be a little bit hard for you to believe, but Google hesitated in buying the .buy extension. It seems that Amazon got this one first for the amount of $4,6 million. And, that is only the beginning.

Can you imagine what is going to happen when the time comes to acquire some of the following ones, such as .search, .app, .blog, or .cloud. It is worth mentioning that Google lost another one. Yes, busy little IT bees, someone has also stolen the .tech domain in the very front of Google’s nose.

There is one thing that is not quite clear. When you buy a before .dot domain you get only one domain name. Right? On the other hand, what is happening when you become the owner of .tech domain, for example? You get the exclusive ownership of all the things that come before the .dot?

The Netropolitan Club

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What in the world is that? Well, that is the VIP Facebook. Or, we can define as a club for people, who apparently have more money than time. Talking about money, we have to warn you. The following information may not be suitable for people, who have a tough time going through the current economic crisis.

For what is worth, and you can rest assured it is worth a lot, only the registration fee costs $9,000. In addition, you are obliged to pay a yearly membership fee of $3,000. Let us put it this way, registration plus membership fee will cost you in total one thousand dollars per month during your first year.

So, what do you get in return for that amount of money? Besides the prestige itself? Well, there are no commercials. This is the ads-free social network. On the other side, a thoughtful moderator is always at your personal service. Do we have to mention that you can chat with extremely wealthy people?

Do not look surprised or shocked, and above all do not judge this network. There will always be the VIP versions of the things we use more or less often. Remember the smartphones made of gold or diamonds? So, what is the difference at the end of the day? Hm, who or what is next to be made of gold?

Add A Missing Place

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Google continues its thoughtful series. This time we have a nice opportunity to give our humble contribution to the development of Google Maps. We can add missing objects or other similar elements with all associated and relevant information, which can ensure ease of location and contacts.

We are definitely free to suggest, and Google’s job would be to evaluate and approve our suggestion. From the theoretical point of view, this really sounds lovely and charming. However, from the practical point of view you just cannot help noticing that the things in this matter are far from being innocent.

Nowadays, each major service is eager to know your current location. Your friends can get an additional information about your current whereabouts as soon as you publish a photo on Facebook. And what do you know, you get ads on your smartphone as soon as you get into the close proximity of a certain store.

We sure hope that Google will not push the limits of our privacy. In the near future, before you even know it, the location services may easily become our worst enemies. Just imagine a situation when a nearby store sends you a message, why do not you pay us a visit, we have some nice discounts  as soon as it locates you.

Something vs Nothing

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If you want to change something big, start with something small. Who said that? Does it really matter? You do not have to be a rocket scientist to come up with something similar. We know that Google is eager to change our world and lives, as once it already did. Yet, why do not we start with something small, but extremely important.

Imagine the world without the “Error 404″ message. Wouldn’t that be something special, for a change? So, how can we achieve such a thing? Well, we do not have to worry about it. That is Google’s job. Thanks to the new technology called the “Service Workers” we can finally experience the Internet as we always dreamed.

How it works? It is based on the cached versions of certain web pages. This means you can still examine the content, even if you are offline. So, the basic premise is more than simple in this case. Something is definitely more acceptable and better than nothing. The “nothing” in this case means the “404 Error” page.

It is not perfect, but it is a strong improvement. The more time you spend on a certain website while online, you can enjoy the better cached version while offline. This is a tricky thing with a conflict between something and nothing. There are so many users, who want it all with no exceptions. What about them?

Google 2 Dreams Blue

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Actually, to be a little bit more precise the official title for the new Google concept is Google 2.0. However, it is easier to rhyme 2 with blue, than 2.0. So, we honestly hope you will have enough understanding for our poetic efforts. On the other side, we simply cannot avoid using one more common phrase.

Google moves and thinks in mysterious ways. You can do your best, but there is no way you can guess what is Google up to at the moment. For Larry Page the sky is the limit here, in the most literate and direct way you can imagine. One serious rumor has it that the brand new division has been created for this task.

The code name for this special group is a Google Y laboratory. Which can be extremely irritating and confusing, having in mind that not so long ago we have heard rumors about the Google X laboratory. With the proper sense of humor you can ask the following question. What is next, the Google Z laboratory?

For what is worth, Google has imprisoned our attention and imagination for the indefinite period of time. The only trouble with the curve in this matter can be associated with our expectations. With Google we are simply used to think big. Let us see, if they still have the capacity to surprise and impress us, again.

Google+ No Thanks

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No. It has nothing to do with us. We thought about, the more appropriate title for this post: Google-(minus). Yet, the things are serious in this story. You do not see so often that the Google itself admits its own mistakes. Directly or indirectly, this way or another. After all, does it really matter? Probably no.

For what is worth, your visits to the Google Universum are no longer determined by your Google+ account. Now, there is an extremely useful button with the more than indicative content “No Thanks”. It seems that Google cannot go on with its attitude Google+ way, or the highway. Is this too late?

Well, it is hard to say. Google has had a nice opportunity to test the limits of its influence first-hand. Apparently, you cannot have it all and you cannot conquer it all. You have seen that your IT neighbor, Facebook for example, has done something nice. So, you decided to do it yourself. If they can do it, so can I.

Sorry Google, but it does not work that way. Either way, this is very nice and very thoughtful move. We should be free to choose which services to use and how to log. You can either change your policies, or look for the new users who will follow you blindly. Now, let us see. Who else owes a No Thanks function?