Liz Gannes

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Google+ Idea Guy Says Google Still Trying to Hold Him Back

Paul Adams, the Google social researcher turned Facebook product manager who’s credited with giving Google the idea for circles of friends that it has utilized in Google+, spoke out against his former employer tonight on his blog. Adams protests that Google is blocking the publication of a book he wrote on the topic of social circles — and while he’s at it, he gets in some digs about Google’s management and culture.

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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