'Our informal corporate motto is "Don't be evil."' -- that's written on the top of Google's Code of Conduct. Well, they managed that in the beginning imho when they were still a search engine and not much more. But they are becoming evil more and more in my eyes -- they were imho more then big enough already to be trusted and had much to much control over the Web already. Now they are buying DoubleClick. That really makes me anxious; where will that end? I'm starting to fear a Google controlled Internet where I can't visit a website without having "Big Brother Google" watching me. Just imagine what might happen if Google buys Microsoft (or vice versa); just a cooperation would be bad enough probably. <Prediction of the day>But I suppose Google will buy Canonical first</prediction of the day> ;-)
Google until now was one of the rare sides that were allowed to set cookies on my machine for more than one session as I had some settings saved that influenced what search results I get and how they are formated. That will change now. I'll probably look out for another blog hosting, too, and will try to get rid of gmail (which I'm using for jabber only anyway).