You should put a Flattr link at the bottom of your RSS feed, giving me the option to spread money around from my feed reader!
I've been reading Techdirt for a while now, and this just seems way too appropriate to NOT make a shameless plug...
My band, "The Nebraska Sailing Authority" (we're so indie that we practice in a giant garage) just got our first song recorded/mixed, out of our own pockets.
We just officially leaked/released it on the internet today - you should totally download it and add it to your library. Or whatever you do with songs you like.
We now return you to your regularly scheduled argument on the usefulness of releasing music on the internet.
My opinion of Google isn't based on their company motto or nervousness about their growing size. It's based on their history with me and the people I know.
Google has always done right by me and my data, and they have always provided excellent, useful services to me.
Until I start to worry about how they treat me or the companies/people I care about, I will continue to support them and use their products (assuming they continue to produce the best ones).
I am a consumer. I actually want to buy things.
Someone who knows more things about me can show me things that I truly might be interested in buying. And I would like that.
Do I want to give a stranger the information necessary to make such accurate recommendations? That's a different question entirely.
The impressive thing is how far back through their ratings you have to go before you run into some 1-star ratings.
Have you seen any of the official definitions of a terrorist? They're vague, and easily applied to an average citizen. Heck, I meet most of their criteria.
Google records traffic with their servers. That's their choice. If I choose to communicate with their servers, they can log whatever they want.
Having a third party record my communication with other computers is another matter.
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