December 19, 2012

Google Has Too Much Power Over Your Life

Pamela Harbour, New York Times

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A FEW years after it was founded, Google adopted a list of guiding principles it titled, “Ten things we know to be true.” No. 4 was “Democracy on the Web works.” That’s a worthy sentiment — though a bit surprising coming from the Web’s emperor.

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