Of Google, China and a disease called hypocrisy

Hypocrisy is a disease that easily afflicts corporations, especially those that rake in $24 billion of revenue annually and run by self adulating execs. I find it very funny and annoying at the same time when I read posts talking about how morally upright (sic) Google is in standing up to the Chinese government.

First of all, China is a sovereign country with a sovereign government. No one has the right, either morally or legally to dictate the kind of laws to be used in that country. Not even the UN! Google went into China and LEGALLY signed an agreement to follow the laws of China. To play by the rules of the government there. 
Now when that supposed attack happened, Google went on to accuse the Chinese government of being behind it. What was the evidence? The attacks were so sophisticated that no single group of individuals could carry it out. How old is the British guy who hacked into NASA? In any case, if the attacks were to seek confidential info about supposed Chinese human rights activists, what has that got to do with the legal agreement it signed to play by Chinese laws?
If Google is concerned about what happened, I’d love to hear its views on the US Patriot Act. Anybody remember that Act? Do you know what it is at all? The powers it confers on the state to spy on you? I wonder how the US government will ever take it if a Chinese corporation comes to challenge that law! Anyway, like I said, Google signed a legal agreement to follow the laws of a sovereign country where it sought to do business. For it to go back on that agreement is not only illegal but also demonstrates the highest form of hypocrisy on their part.

It also amazes me that Google believes it can take on the Chinese government. Very funny. Not even the US government can take on the Chinese government. Their economy is the worlds third largest and about to takeover Japan for the second position. They are at the forefront of pushing the global economy out of recession. $24 billion is much money, but very insignificant in relation to the *country* Google is seeking to take on.

Google, you are a great company, and I really love your splendid products. But you are not God. Not run by God and cannot be God. Do not aspire to be. If you go into a country, follow the laws there. If you cannot, do not go there in the first place. China and its 1.2b populace have little to lose after your departure. You are not the only SE out there. Bing is coming. Should you not mend your reckless way of dealing with the laws of sovereign countries, you will someday land yourself in a Bing trouble.

Yahoo to be default search engine in Firefox for Ubuntu Lucid Lynx.

According to this post on the Ubuntu mailing lists, come Ubuntu Lucid Lynx this April, the default search engine for Firefox will no longer be Google but rather Yahoo!. Also, the default Firefox home page will also change to that of the default search engine, though you can easily change the search engine and home page to your favorite with just a few clicks.
“I am writing to apprise you of two small but important changes coming to Firefox in Lucid.  I have asked the desktop team to start preparing these changes to make them available in Lucid as soon as reasonably possible. Probably on the order of weeks,” wrote Rick Spencer, the leader of Canonical’s desktop team.
The reason for such a deal as explained by Mr. Spencer is “because Canonical has negotiated a revenue sharing deal with Yahoo! and this revenue will help Canonical to provide developers and resources to continue the open development of Ubuntu and the Ubuntu Platform. This change will help provide these resources as well as continuing to respect our user’s default search across Firefox.”
I find this deal quite interesting though welcome. We all know Google used to be the default search for Firefox in Ubuntu, now switching to Yahoo! simply means they offered a much fatter deal. This is good news since it will go a long way to ensure that we are not going to see any Ubuntu free and pro editions as a means to raise revenue for continued development.
I have also heard that Yahoo’s privacy policies are much better than that of Google. What I find actually interesting is that sometime last year, Yahoo! reached a deal with Microsoft to have Bing power Yahoo! searches. Now we are going to see Yahoo! being the default search provider for Ubuntu. This will really be interesting. Only time will tell how this turns out.

Google announces real-time search and Bing is back to the drawing board.

Microsoft Bing is back to the drawing board to device new schemes to thwart the big Google. Not long ago, Bing announced it had reached an agreement with Twitter and Facebook to include updates from both services in its search results. We all thought that was a smart move considering the fact that search is now moving to real time thanks to Facebook, Twitter and other similar services.
However, if you thought Bing’s move was preemptive against Google, then you are in for a surprise. Google has just announced “…features that bring your search results to life with a dynamic stream of real-time content from across the web.

“Now, immediately after conducting a search, you can see live updates from people on popular sites like Twitter and FriendFeed, as well as headlines from news and blog posts published just seconds before. When they are relevant, we’ll rank these latest results to show the freshest information right on the search results page.” Is there a better definition for real-time than what Google is telling us?

If you thought Bing had scored great points by signing an agreement with Twitter and Facebook, again you are in for a surprise. Google has gone farther. They have signed Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Jaiku, FriendFeed and Identi.ca (phew!) for content indexing. According to Big G, the new features will be available in English in the next few days. “You can [however], try them out today by visiting Google Trends and clicking on a “hot topic,” which in most cases will bring you to a search results page with the new real-time feature.”
Hold it, that’s not all. The voice search capabilities on Android now recognizes the Japanese language. In addition, your location can now be used to suggest to you “what’s nearby,” Google Goggles for searching objects using images rather than words on via your camera phone. The Googleplex no doubt, must have been real busy today :-). So there you have.
Next time when you search on Google, the publicly available updates of the over 350 million Facebook users, the close to 100 million Twitter users and all the other services mentioned above will be searched to give a result that reflects ‘what is happening now!’ as is now the Twitter mantra. This is getting interesting and we can only wait to see what Bing comes up with later against this heavily heavyweight.