Google has gone far beyond search: it's offering up everything from email to video (via YouTube); driving directions to online shopping; book browsing to social networking, and much, much more.
While Google's expansion has made our lives easier, it has also sparked no shortage of privacy concerns and complaints. Ten nations recently teamed up to demand Google improve its privacy protections; a member of the FTC ripped into Google, saying it needed to "step up" its privacy safeguards; and Microsoft produced an ad knocking Google's browser for "stealing" user privacy.
If all this criticism has got you concerned, here are some tips for how you can avoid Google--and come close to eliminating it from your online life.
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