I’ve just installed Google Desktop although the software was made available long time ago. Then came the literature masters student: “What, you installed Google in your system? I will not subject to Google-lization !”. Reading today’s newspaper really change my view on Google world domination. All this while I’ve been thinking that two geeks from Stanford University couldn’t possibly try to dominate the world, right?

Google Maps recently unveiled their “Street Level” view for the cities of Denver, Las Vegas, Miami, New York, and San Francisco. More metropolitan areas will join these five cities as time goes on.

Street View affords visitors the opportunity to obtain an online, 360 degree, first-person view of streets within selected locations.

“With Street View, you can virtually explore city neighborhoods by viewing and navigating within 360-degree scenes of street-level imagery,” posted Google Maps product manager Stephen Chau in the company’s blog. “It feels as if you’re walking down the street!”

The images are static (not real time) photographs taken with an 11-lens camera over the past few months. Google has not disclosed how often the photos will be updated. Video feeds of the same locations are expected to be released in the future.

The new Google Maps attribute has sparked some debate regarding an individual’s inherent right to privacy. There have been a couple of instances already where the photographers inadvertently showcased people engaging in activities or leaving establishments they’d rather keep to themselves. –BIM, Inc

Conceptually, the idea of world domination by Larry Page and Sergey Brin is un-privatize privacy. Registering to Google’s services and you will find that they claim that your non-invasive information are shared to third party. Non-invasive. That’s a very vague term to be defined and by their standards means excluding your name, address, social number and picture, anything else is to their dispose. Although information generated by consumer may not be directly harmful to user, however, with some manipulation here and there would yield great threat to us someday. We will no long be free.

Google once turn out to be the hero and savior to the Net, warding off evil doers like Yahoo and Lycos but it turns out that they too, need a piece of the pie, and they are not sharing it.

With the rate that Google are buying small companies, the whole internet industry could turn upside down as every single aspect of internet is being offered solely by them. Imagine: you need to search for stuff, Google; you need to purchase online, Google; you need to e-mail, Google; you need to watch videos and listen music online, Google; you need to pee, toilet, with Google-enabled toilet bowl that search and analyze your stool and recommend you products that will lead a better health. It might happen, you know.

That’s why from next week onwards, I’m changing to Ubuntu FF. Open source the way.

Source: Google Watch  for more violations.


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