They are already in their terminal days. The only possible way to prevent death is to open their mobile phones to another environment (android or windows phone I'd say) and focus on building a phone that can easily integrate to companies and homes alike while being secure and customizable for the company/home needs. Even that may fail. They are lagging behind this train for a while now.
Google is optional and generally Google employees have no access to the data. And yes, analytics can be stopped and it's fairly easy. You should be concerned with smaller or less known companies that are not easy to spot with a simple no-script.
The super cookies are a clear abuse of the ISPs position as the conduits and it's way more serious than what Google may do in your wild fantasies.
But nothing, NOTHING compares to Government surveillance. If they tap directly in the servers you CANNOT opt-out and you CAN be arrested or harassed (or tortured, go figure) by the Government if they decide they don't like you or read something out of context. Google is plain right and there is no hypocrisy at all considering how easy it is to avoid them.
Google can start charging them for the clearly bogus requests and refuse to process further ones if the company does not pay. If things go to court Google would have an insanely strong evidence that they are abusing the system.
So Blackberry wants independent software makers that have absolutely nothing to do with Google or Apple to spend manpower to build their same app from zero for their irrelevant platform. Did somebody ask if Blackberry is going to pay for those work hours? Oh no? Then STFU. If the developers don't think writing the app for Blackberry is profitable then nothing can or should force them to do it anyway.
As for the morons trying to divert the attention from the real neutrality debate it is a losing battle. When 98% of the market couldn't care less about the ones whining about apps it's hardly going to be effective.
Do you have caps on how much electricity or water you use or can you turn on your stuff to use 100% of the power/flow your wires/pipes allow as long as you pay?
If you answer there is no caps for those then the same answer applies to internet. I'm ok with ISPs offering plans with speed caps in peak times but data caps make absolutely no sense. And the current caps don't take into account bandwidth heavy services such as Netflix or other streaming to make things even worse. There's no sane reason why you should cap the data transferred.
That. Here in my country there are some people voicing concerns over such caps in wireless plans. The broadband caps were tried here but the lack of caps became marketing advantage to the competition and most isps either dropped it or don't enforce such caps.
More popular and political pressure will be needed in the US though.
But Lenovo's response to this is very quickly convincing me that the company should never get any more money from me.
If everybody voted with their wallets and caused a lot of financial damage to the companies that act like this (see Sony, EA etc) they'd be at least more transparent and swift in their responses, or even avoid stupidity altogether. But instead people simply keep buying out of ignorance or masochism...
It seems the only way out is through regulations and repealing of bad laws in the State level. Not in the wired market no but rather in the wireless portion. Make data caps illegal and force Title II in and we'll see some incumbents flip out in panic. If they can't milk the wireless cow for gazillions they will be forced to rethink their wired strategy as well.
But that's short term. Long term solution would be to inspire competition by allowing initiatives like Google mobile carrier. You know, provide incentives for building infra-structure and letting others do the customer handling. This requires another level of playing field. For now Title II and wireless regulation should do the trick.
If the plastic structure did not liberate toxics or hormonally active substances I'd say just mill them and use as additions to concrete or to level the terrain. You can also burn them and generate electricity which can be an awesome source of energy if done right (you know, air pollution controls).
Recycling is awesome and stuff but if you can only use a certain percentage of old plastic in new plastic then it's not a solution.