Google Lock-In Lock-Out

Tony Hirst, Robin Good, May 17, 2013
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Tony Hirst is feeling the same sort of discomfort with the modern Google that I am. Day after day, Google has been making announcements that make it less open and more like a content farm. It's a bunch of little thinghs, like reducing data access in spreadsheets, weakinging map export data, dropping support for CalDav (and incidentally, dropping calendar Sync), dropping support for XMPP instant messaging, and of course, its increasing distance from RSS. "It’s not just any one of these things, taken on its own merits," says Hirst, "it’s all of them taken together... 'Embrace, extend, extinguish' ... where have we heard that before?"

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