Peter Kafka

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Here Comes Google’s Christmas (Er, Holiday) Greetings

Google’s annual holiday “Google Doodle” isn’t up on its main Google.com page yet. But it should be there soon, and it will look like this:

Search Engine Land’s Barry Schwartz notes that the doodle is already showing up on other Google properties, though the accompanying message seems to vary depending on the territory. Google Australia, for instance, goes with “Happy Holidays,” but Google Korea wishes visitors a “Merry Christmas.” If you were desperate for news on a pre-Christmas Eve Friday morning, you might try to make a controversy out of that. But that would be silly.


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I think the NSA has a job to do and we need the NSA. But as (physicist) Robert Oppenheimer said, “When you see something that is technically sweet, you go ahead and do it and argue about what to do about it only after you’ve had your technical success. That is the way it was with the atomic bomb.”

— Phil Zimmerman, PGP inventor and Silent Circle co-founder, in an interview with Om Malik