Monday, May 27, 2013

Google Up

While governments are attempting to force electric cars on an unwilling public, it's business as usual for business; i.e. providing useful products to consumers. Which, for people who were scared to death of Microsoft two decades ago, ought to be at least as traumatic.  Amir Efrati, in the Wall Street Journal details Google's plans to take over the world;
Google Inc. is deep into a multipronged effort to build and help run wireless networks in emerging markets as part of a plan to connect a billion or more new people to the Internet.
These wireless networks would serve areas such as sub-Saharan Africa and Southeast Asia to dwellers outside of major cities where wired Internet connections aren't available, said people familiar with the strategy.
The networks also could be used to improve Internet speeds in urban centers, these people said.
Since that eventually will threaten the world as major corporations like AT&T, Verizon and cable television systems know it, it should only be a matter of time before the hysteria begins.  Where would we be if corporations were left alone to improve the standards of living of the world? Surely this will make someone indignant;
Google and Microsoft Corp...normally archrivals, have cooperated to bring government leaders and wireless-industry entrepreneurs together to consider ways to open up the broadcast airwaves for public use. Next week, the companies are hosting a two-day conference in Dakar, Senegal, to discuss the issue with regulators from numerous countries.
Google has also funded and conducted several small-scale trials, many of them public, involving wireless networks that use TV broadcast airwaves in the U.S. and beyond. Microsoft, which has its own Web services such as Bing search and Skype video chat, also is conducting such trials in Africa.

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