An interesting article about the history and direction of Google, that company which is rapidly becoming the next Microsoft in many ways. As far as I can tell, this is a pretty good history of Google, hitting the important points. While I don’t agree with all of his conclusions and opinions, the author does have some good cautionary thoughts about seeing Google as an unmitigated force for good in the world. Most widely known is Google’s discarding of their “deeply held” beliefs about the sanctity of information freedom when the chance to make a buck in China came along. Microsoft has long been mocked as selling its soul in order to gain more money, hence such things as “Micro$soft”, but Google’s behaviour to get into the Chinese market was at least as reprehensible as anything Microsoft has done. It’s silly to trust Google just because they claim their mission statement or motto or whatever is “Don’t Be Evil.” They are a for profit company. Their primary mission statement is “Make Money”, and most anything that stands in the way of that will get brushed aside.