Google: the next Borg?

From Dave Winer

I’ve been hearing rumors that Google is readying an iTunes-clone, based on RSS 2.0, and fully podcast-capable. Multiple sources on this one.

Google Becoming a Bank, Too?.

The AP, following up on a Wall Street Journal story, reports that Google seems ready to introduce an electronic payment system. The story focuses on the business threat to eBay’s PayPal unit, but that misses the larger point.

Google’s possession of your personal information is growing exponentially. Depending on which tools you use, your browing habits and searches are finding their way into the company’s databases. So are your e-mail archives, if you use GMail (and Google doesn’t even guarantee to delete from its own databases what you’ve deleted from your own inbox).

Now add your financial transactions? I’ll think twice before considering that.

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