Planet Google

One Company's Audacious Plan to Organize Everything We Know
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (7.72 hours)
Product Number: Z100093973
Released: Jun 16, 2015
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781481567688
Narrator/s: William Hughes
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After one of the most successful IPOs in history, Google set forth on an incredible, audacious new strategy for its future-a vision so bold, large-scale, and controversial, that the company has worked very hard to keep it totally under wraps. Neither The Search nor The Google Story, both successful books about the company, included any information about this new vision the business has for itself. The business world and the large community of those interested in web issues have been desperately trying to understand what Google is up to, because they know that Google is the arbiter of the future of the web, and really of computing altogether. Randy Stross has achieved unprecedented access to the Google headquarters and top management, including notoriously close-to-the-vest CEO Eric Schmidt, as well as to a wide range sources who have worked with Google or monitored its activities. In this book he will reveal for the first time the astonishing scale and scope of what Google is setting out to accomplish, including such potentially disruptive initiatives as free downloadable software, which could put providers like Microsoft out of business, and Google Earth satellite technology, which is rapidly mapping the entire surface of the Earth in high-powered detail. Stross explores the profound implications of these plans, not only for the business world, but for our culture at large.

Author(s): Randall Stross
Original Publish Date: Sep 23, 2008

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Author(s): Randall Stross
Product Number EB00569626
Released: Sep 25, 2014
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: #9781416580478

Professional reviews

"Randall Stross's collection of facts and interviews combines with narrator William Hughes's prosecutorial tone to create an audio indictment of Google's business and consumer practices. He believes that Google is more dangerous than the government because it scans your books and your email, photographs your house and your street, and stores copies of your business documents and spreadsheets. Stross's concern seems to be that having all that information under one roof is a recipe for disaster. But the fact that 60 Gmail users lost their email or that Google wouldn't let Stross inspect its server farm just doesn't make much of a case. William Hughes narrates this audiobook like an engaging cross-examination but, alas, you'd do better searching for the evils of Google on Google. R.W.S. (c) AudioFile 2008, Portland, Maine"

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