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  • Advertising and search engine giant, Google recently revealed that it was looking into

  • joining the wireless service market. This small, but ambitious project follows their

  • pattern of acquiring existing services like YouTube and Picasa, and dominating the market.

  • Google’s ubiquitous, multi-service platform has raised questions about their influence,

  • even beyond the scope of the Internet. So, how powerful is Google?

  • Well, for a company with a $66 billion revenue in 2014, and more than 53,000 employees, Google

  • has the ability to fund and research a large number of diverse projects. And while a number

  • of its experiments fall flat, like Google Wave, and some don’t turn a profit, like

  • Google Glass, they do help Google expand their reach. Google’s wide success in the smartphone

  • wars with their operating system, Android, is proof of their ability to take on existing

  • markets.

  • Theyre even doing a better job than most governments at: following the global arms

  • trade, alerting users of local crises, tracking the spread of disease and fighting international

  • censorship. In response to China’s blocking of certain political search results, Google

  • redirected Chinese users to the less censored Hong Kong site. Enraged Chinese officials

  • enacted a total ban on Google, but lifted it the next day. Following revelations that

  • the NSA was spying on Internet traffic in 2013, Google quickly called out the responsible

  • agencies over social media, and began encrypting their searches.

  • Google’s potential political impact cannot be overlooked. In India, researchers found

  • that an undecided voter’s opinion could be swayed towards one candidate or another

  • based on their ranking in Google’s search results. Google maintains that they have never

  • manipulated search rankings to influence users. However, Google was the 5th biggest political

  • lobbyist in 2013, and the third largest donor to the Obama campaign.

  • Google’s revenue and employment is on the rise, and theyve made significant inroads

  • in energy, transportation, artificial intelligence and a whole array of tech services. All this

  • means that Google is an indispensable global player in politics, technology, and new media.

  • In fact, when Google servers went down for less than five minutes last year, global traffic

  • fell by 40%, showing just how powerful the Internet giant truly is.

  • Have you ever wondered why big internet companies censor explicit material like porn? Well,

  • there’s a lot of reasons, and some might even surprise you. There’s a link to that

  • full video in the description. Check it out. Thank you for watching TestTube!

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    羅紹桀   posted on 2015/10/30
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