When the facts change, I change my mind. What do you do? -- John Maynard Keynes

Friday, June 24, 2011

Viva Google!

I know there are plenty of reasons why powerful vested private interests (say Facebook, Microsoft et al) might try to encourage  government witch-hunts or "fishing expeditions" against Google--but at the end of the day, I can't think of another large company that has been as transparent and user-focused. Hence I'm glad to see Google isn't "caving-in"--

Supporting choice, ensuring economic opportunity

6/24/2011 09:01:00 AM
At Google, we’ve always focused on putting the user first. We aim to provide relevant answers as quickly as possible—and our product innovation and engineering talent have delivered results that users seem to like, in a world where the competition is only one click away. Still, we recognize that our success has led to greater scrutiny. Yesterday, we received formal notification from the U.S. Federal Trade Commission that it has begun a review of our business. We respect the FTC’s process and will be working with them (as we have with other agencies) over the coming months to answer questions about Google and our services.

It’s still unclear exactly what the FTC’s concerns are, but we’re clear about where we stand. Since the beginning, we have been guided by the idea that, if we focus on the user, all else will follow. No matter what you’re looking for—buying a movie ticket, finding the best burger nearby, or watching a royal wedding—we want to get you the information you want as quickly as possible. Sometimes the best result is a link to another website. Other times it’s a news article, sports score, stock quote, a video or a map.
Read the full Google post here: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/supporting-choice-ensuring-economic.html

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