O’Brien: Google’s commitment to the Open Web – San Jose Mercury News
As Google, arguably the most powerful company in the Internet industry, needs to find ways to continue growing, it inevitably faces a temptation: Does it keep developing features that work with those of other companies, even competitors, making it easy for users to share their data, conversations and content across the Web? Or does it roll out products that only work with Google sites to nudge users to spend more time on its properties?
More concisely, does it remain a champion of the so-called “Open Web,” or move toward a closed model similar to AOL at the beginning or Facebook now?
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