Ethical Compass Update: Truth, Fiction?

December 20, 2018

I read “Google Sabotaged Edge, Hints Former Microsoft Intern.”

The question is:

Who is telling the truth?

Let’s run down the possibilities about the spin on this doctored ball.

First, Google fiddled some code to make Edge look even less appealing than Microsoft’s LinkedIn integration? Definitely possible.

Second, the “intern” is blowing smoke. Fifteen minutes of fame stuff. The inability to craft some bulletproof code maybe?

Third, the publications reporting the story are going with zippy stuff that attracts clicks.

When I read, statements like this, I wonder what’s real and what’s fake:

For all his hints about duplicitousness, Bakita doesn’t outright accuse the firm of being Machiavellian. “Now I’m not sure I’m convinced that YouTube was changed intentionally to slow Edge,” he writes. That wasn’t the case for everyone on his team, with the former Microsoft intern disclosing that “many” of his co-workers do believe this to be the case, so much so that they “looked into it personally.”

From my vantage point in Harrod’s Creek, nothing surprises me about tech giants. High school science club management methods aside, truth is difficult to discern.

Now about that 1809 update?

Stephen E Arnold, December 20, 2018


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