Quote to Note: Google Fears for Net Freedom

April 15, 2012

Navigate to “Google’s Sergey Brin: Facebook and Apple a Threat to Internet Freedom.” From the Googler who wanted China to change its internal policies:

Brin said he and co-founder Larry Page would not have been able to create Google if the internet was dominated by Facebook. “You have to play by their rules, which are really restrictive,” he said. “The kind of environment that we developed Google in, the reason that we were able to develop a search engine, is the web was so open. Once you get too many rules, that will stifle innovation.”

There you go. Right from the outfit which has orphaned Web site owners with Panda bites, left users out in the cold with the termination of services like Knol, and the stock play which is designed to leave Messrs. Brin, Page, and Schmidt in control no matter what.

Yowza.

Stephen E Arnold, April 15, 2012

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