Language Selection

English French German Italian Portuguese Spanish

Google: good or evil?

Filed under
Google

Is Google's halo slipping as it struggles to reconcile its business ambitions with its company motto?

In August 2009, it was hard to move around Beijing without seeing an advert for Google. China was awash with the logo of a company whose motto is “Don’t Be Evil”, and the scale of the investment was a palpable endorsement of China’s vital importance to the economics of any global company.

Skip forward to January this year, and an official blogpost announced summarily that the censored results that China demanded from Google were no longer compatible with the company’s philosophy. Off the record, employees said the company would pull out of China imminently.

So did the search giant really decide to eschew profits in favour of a defence of free speech? Or did it realise it would never be the biggest search engine in China and simply cut its losses? The question that matters is simple: what does Google stand for? It’s launched a social network that made everybody’s address books effectively public, and has this week been in trouble in an Italian court for hosting (completely legal) videos of a young boy being bulled. Is the halo slipping, or do large companies inevitably find themselves in tricky situations?

rest here




What do you think?

More in Tux Machines

Is your company an open source parasite?

Getting involved in the open source projects that matter to a company, in other words, gives them more ability to influence their future today, even as dependence on a vendor results in putting one's future in the hands of that vendor to resolve on their timetable. It's simply not smart business, not if an open source alternative exists and your company already depends upon it. In sum, the GitHub contributor counts should be much higher, and not merely for those in the business of selling software (or tech, generally). Any company defined by software—and that's your company, too—needs to get more involved in both using and contributing open source software. Read more

LibreELEC Embedded Linux OS Now Compatible with Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

The LibreELEC 8.2.1 update is based on the latest Kodi 17.6 "Krypton" open-source and cross-platform media center software and it mostly patches some Samba (SMB) "file exists" share errors on Windows 10 Fall Creators Update by updating the protocol to Samba 4.6.10, implementing SMB client options for minimum SMB protocol and an SMB legacy security option with NTLMv1, and disabling SPNEGO. "LibreELEC 8.2.x includes changes that allow the Kodi SMB client and our embedded Samba server to support SMB2/3 connections; deprecating SMB1 to improve security and performance. This is necessary to cope with changes Microsoft introduced in the Windows 10 ‘Fall Creators Update’ to resolve SMB1 security issues," explained the developers. Read more

Canonical Releases Major Kernel Update for Ubuntu 16.04 to Fix 13 Security Flaws

The update is a major one patching a total of 13 security flaws, including race conditions in Linux kernel's ALSA subsystem, the packet fanout implementation, and the key management subsystem, as well as use-after-free vulnerabilities in both the USB serial console driver and the ALSA subsystem. Various other issues were also patched for Linux kernel's key management subsystem, the Ultra Wide Band driver, the ALSA subsystem, the USB unattached storage driver, and the USB subsystem, which received the most attention in this update as several security flaws were recently disclosed. Read more

Graphics: NVIDIA and AMD