First I used to have the same password for every service. Now with all the cracking that is going on around the Internet I have chosen different passwords for each service and I can’t remember them. I thought of writing them down but then that piece of paper makes me so vulnerable. As I forget, I try different ones each time and some services think I am trying to figure out the password and cut me off. I just can’t believe there is not a better way than typed passwords. Why can’t I say my password. Why not use the fingerprint more as Apple is doing and go with that to Facebook or other services. If I can sign in with Facebook Twitter or Google into third party services, why can’t I sign with Apple via my fingerprint into all services? Or why is anyone voice so recognizable as unique by other human and not by computers? Or why can’t I sign and have my signature be recognized as unique? Or how about a simple drawing? I hate passwords there has to be something better!!
It is paradoxical that many of the same people who were plotting to break up the EU were surprised by others who were plotting to break up the UK.
Twitter used Twitter clients to grow and then combined their innovations and traffic with its own and dumped the clients. Awful but legal. I invested in one, Seesmic and lost my investment. Google used the Internet as a whole to grow and now it is evolving from a search engine to an answer provider. Weather, flights, Wikipedia type info, many searches are now not linked by Google but answered by Google. As a result sites that helped build Google are now losing traffic. People don’t just start at Google, they now start and end at Google. Google is not happy anymore with organizing the world’s information, it wants to provide it. The US anti trust authorities are fine with this. The EU not so, and is looking into this as possible abuse of monopoly power. The Economist this week has an article exactly on this issue and the view of many German companies. One of them is Axel Springer whose board I serve. But then Google is also on my board at Fon. So in terms of disclosures I am somewhere in between. I also know both sides of the argument well.
Personally I am hesitant on what the EU should do. On one side Google built a de facto monopoly on search by linking to everyone else more accurately than others. At that Google did an awesome job. Other search engines died or lost market share because Google is just better. But is it fair to grow via say, Kayak or Expedia, and then replace them with your own flight search engine that comes as the top result even when it is not the top destination? This move certainly hurts Kayak and Expedia, but does it hurt consumers? Monopolies are broken up because they hurt consumers. It is hard to argue that Google is hurting consumers by providing its answers directly and going to the same suppliers as Kayak and Expedia to get the information. Especially when people prefer to get an answer rather than clicking again into a second link. But aside from what is fair one thing is clear, if you built a business by receiving traffic from Google you should rethink your strategy or you will end up like a Twitter client. Aware of this, one company took a radical step and so far it paid off: Facebook, it stopped Google from searching it. It close its content to Google’s “crawlers”. Unfortunately Facebook hasn’t come up with a good search engine itself, and finding whatever you once wrote on Facebook is almost impossible. So as a consumer I wish I could search my Facebook as easy as I search my Gmail, or the Internet as a whole.
And as far as monopoly to me monopoly is something like Time Warner Cable, if you live in NYC and want Cable TV there’s no other choice than Time Warner Cable. Search engines? There are others. Yahoo, Bing. Google is where it is not because somebody gave them a franchise, but because of how good it is. Would I watch Google if I was a regulator? For sure. Would I stop them? Only if there is harm to consumers.
Últimamente vuelo en Business en USA y Europa. En USA te dan asientos mucho más cómodos pero en Europa los asientos son iguales pero el “lujo” es un asiento libre en el medio. Hoy tenía dos opciones, ida y vuelta Madrid Londres Iberia €1575 business €608 en turista. Decidí volar en turista con alguien al lado y ahorrarle el gasto a Fon.
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