Google’s malware scanners will use a more intensive process to quarantine and analyze incoming documents. And if you forget your password, or lose your hardware login keys, you’ll have to jump through more hoops than ever to regain access, the better to foil any intruders who would abuse that process to circ
The story in the New York Times this week was unsettling: The New America Foundation, a major think tank, was getting rid of one of its teams of scholars, the Open Markets group. New America had warned its leader Barry Lynn that he was “imperiling the institution,” the Times reported, after he and his group had repeatedly criticized Google, a major funder of the think tank, for its market dominance.
When I first read that Google bought Nest for nearly 3 billion dollars, my initial reaction was, I hope they don’t screw it up. Because, I really love my Nest thermostats. As I had more time to process the news, I began to worry that, based on Google’s history, I would somehow be participating in an experiment designed to prove just how much privacy the average Nest user would be willing to sacrifice for comfort and to save some energy. I also wondered would Nest have fared better being purchased by Apple? Then again, I don’t own an Android phone (all iPhone since trading in my Blackberry Bold) and I reluctantly use Chrome on my MacBook Air ( it’s really the only choice). Perhaps I’m biased against Google? and that’s why I had a negative reaction to Google buying Nest. I’m sure there are many people equally biased against Apple, so that begs the question, would Nest been better off on their own ? I can see the benefit of being part of a huge data powerhouse like Google, but unless these benefits are passed along to the consumer, with out too big of a privacy hit, this deal may go down as a big mistake. I’m not a pessimist by nature so I’d like to see this work out beneficially for all parties. Let’s give this union a few months to solidify and then take another look to see what changes occur and what they mean for Nest, Google and most importantly the consumer.