These are the things I've written that are tagged "google"

Google strong-arms indie musicians into accepting brutal, crowdfunding-killing deal for streaming service

28 January 2015

A strong but honest headline about Googe’s new bullshit: Participation in the new service requires that your entire catalog be available for streaming, at high resolution. Participation requires that you not release your music elsewhere earlier, e.g., no early releases for fans or backers. You no longer get a choice of whether to do nothing, […]

DuckDuckGo Reimagined & Redesigned

20 May 2014

DuckDuckGo’s totally-overhauled site looks and feels great. They replaced Google as my default search engine a year or so ago, and I haven’t regretted it for a second. Here’s how to add them to Safari.

Marco Arment on Google Reader Shutting Down July 1st

13 March 2013

Marco sez: Now, we’ll be forced to fill the hole that Reader will leave behind, and there’s no immediately obvious alternative. We’re finally likely to see substantial innovation and competition in RSS desktop apps and sync platforms for the first time in almost a decade. It may suck in the interim before great alternatives mature […]

Andy Baio’s First Article for Wired Epicenter

25 October 2011

The beginning of a weekly must-read. Andy is good people, a good writer, and sharp as a tack: On Wednesday, Google retired a longer-standing “plus”: the + operator, a standard bit of syntax used to force words and phrases to appear in search results. The operator was part of Google since its launch in 1997 […]

Fighting The Wrong Fight

14 September 2010

Excellent piece by Elia Freedman: We have been distracted by ridiculous arguments and fabricated “wars” for too long. We have been distracted by thinking that Google is Microsoft and Apple is Apple in a doomed fight already fought 20 years ago. But that is not the fight we should be caring about at all. The […]

There’s Only One Internet

09 August 2010

John Bergmayer for Public Knowledge: […] Google CEO Eric Schmidt claims to be crafting rules that will protect “the next Google.” But with weak “rules” like the ones his company has proposed, he can rest assured that the next Google will be…Google. If the Verizon/Google proposal is adopted, the window of openness that allowed companies […]

Google and Verizon Say No To Wireless Net Neutrality

09 August 2010

Read the full policy on Google’s policy blog. Here’s how it reads to me: The “wireline” (read: everything but cell networks) internet, where it helps Google’s business that providers are not allowed to make one site or service load faster than another (Say, Bing gets priority over Google Search) net neutrality is sacrosanct. The “wireless” […]

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