I believe, as I have believed for some time, that more active regulation of Google is warranted. Google has demonstrated that it cannot be trusted. In fairness, no one could be trusted or should be trusted with so much power.
According to Googles Vic Gundotra: "If we do things that are evil, with one click you can leave Google..." But given the myriad ways Google penetrates the Internet, it is nearly impossible to quit Google and preserve your privacy.
Google can now combine what they learn about you from across their different products. Never slow to early-adopt when it comes to technology, the Obama campaign is endeavoring to do the same thing in the political space.
Starting March 1, any information you enter in one product, say YouTube, can be combined with information from other Google services including search, Gmail or Google's new Google+ social networking site.
Skynet can't win -- at least not in the world I want to live in. Let's get ahead of this while it's still just the subject of the occasional rhetorical blog post -- because, no matter what anyone tells you, the world of big data is never going away.
Google, you want to be all things to all people. It won't work. Stop it and go back to doing what you once did well: totally unbiased search, excellent email, great photo storage, wonderful voice mail, and so many other useful services.