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Forgive Me

I have sinned. This morning I began to search for a demitasse on line. I told my wife I would “google” it. She said “no, no, no, you’re wrong”. We now “bing” it. Then playfully punched my arm. Shame on me. (Or if I had said, “I’ll ‘duck’ it” I might have been spared the cuff.)

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One of Many Reasons Why I am Gradually Weaning Myself From the Evil Google

“Google Exploits Safari Bug, Tracks Browsing Without Your Consent — AppAdvice http://bit.ly/zO1Rmi”

I “closed” my Google Plus account several months ago. Presently moving my email accounts away from GMail. And several days ago a Blogspot blog gave us pains trying to authenticate Suzy’s WordPress account. Gave up in disgust. She will try barking again later. I am now reluctant to comment on Blogspot blogs. I may find the same problem with ID confirmation.

Since “Don’t be evil” has disappeared from Google’s profile, Google has disappeared from our search engine menu. The disadvantages have begun to outweigh the once thought advantages of Google. Like fookbase, Google could care less about their customers’ privacy.

Over 2/3 of Google+ users are ready to say goodbye to Facebook – TNW Google

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Good news from where I sit. Fookbace never really did much for me. Too many people playing games. I sold my farm and moved on. Still waiting to see what Diaspora comes up with. Perhaps G+ until Diaspora gets it together?

9 Reasons to Switch from Facebook to Google+ | PCWorld

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Seems like a better way to go to me.

Facebook Finds A New Way To Liberate Your Gmail Contact Data (Facebook Is A Dangerous Black Hole)

That huge sucking sound you hear is Facebook, piling data from third parties into its mouth as fast as it can while it remains stubbornly greedy about releasing its own data to anyone it doesn’t like. Which is mostly Google these days, since Yahoo and AOL completely surrendered and Microsoft actually owns part of them.

Google shut them down last week, restricting API access and effectively blocking contacts exports to Facebook in any automated way. This is, I wrote, the true beginning of data protectionism.

Now Facebook has found a way around that restriction. They’re leveraging a Google feature that lets users download their own data for their own use – part of Google’s golf-clap worthy data liberation effort. They’ve hacked a solution around the block by giving users a direct deep link to the download feature. And then users can upload that file directly to Facebook.

Can Google block this? One engineer I spoke with says yes, but it will be difficult: “If Google wanted to, they could block it immediately. it’s pretty simple. just put a CSRF token on the url to block deep linking but that might fuck up other CSV flows. Maybe they have an outlook importer or something. facebook really went aggressive here.”

It’s also a big middle finger to Google.

Update: Google’s response here.

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Website: google.com
Location: Mountain View, California, United States
Founded: September 7, 1998
IPO: August 19, 2004

Google provides search and advertising services, which together aim to organize and monetize the world’s information. In addition to its dominant search engine, it offers a plethora of online tools and platforms including:… Learn More

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Website: facebook.com
Location: Palo Alto, California, United States
Founded: February 1, 2004
Funding: $836M

Facebook is the world’s largest social network, with over 500 million users.

Facebook was founded by… Learn More

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Another reason why I call Facebook a black hole. Everything goes in but nothing comes out. Facebook is a dangerous online community. It is getting freaky. I would rather trust my online info to the all-powerful Wizard of Oz. Thanks Toto.

Why Google could actually kill Facebook | MNN – Mother Nature Network

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