Peter Kafka

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How to Pay Google Without Buying an Ad

Google makes all of its money selling your attention to advertisers. But if you, the ordinary consumer, wanted to give Larry, Sergey and company your money directly?

You can do that, too. Browse on over to the Google Store, where you can buy…things that have the Google logo. And if you’re in Mountain View, Calif., and can get into the Googleplex itself, there’s now a physical outpost, as well.

Louis Gray (via Barry Schwartz) provides an enthusiastic–”there’s really no way to tell you how awesome this is”–walk-through. And those Android figurines do look kinda cool, actually.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work