So, Google is outsmarting everyone again. Sure, it’s a good deal for users to get free e-mail and other functions, but Google is definitely monetizing everything. And although legislators and regulators stand up and pound their chests on how they will reign in privacy abuses, Google is calling their bluff by complying with every regulation. And, in so doing, Google gets exactly what it wants.
When I worked at IBM, I noticed that one of IBM’s core competencies was lawyering. Looks like Google didn’t miss that lesson, either.