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Larry Page Says Google Is Lovable, Not Evil

A year after his official start date as Google CEO, Larry Page has published a 3,459-word “update.” Not surprisingly, it is news-free.

But the memo does sync quite well with Page’s public words and actions for the last year, so it works as a pretty good summary.

Most important is the amount of time Page spends explaining and defending his obsession with creating an answer to Facebook — though he never mentions that company by name — which includes jamming “social” into search results.

And if you’re into tracking Google’s fuzzy Google+ metrics, you should note that Page says “well over 100 million users are active” on the service, which isn’t really a service but a social layer, etc., etc.

Page also takes on critics/competitors/potential regulators, in a section entitled “Love and trust.” “We have always wanted Google to be a company that is deserving of great love,” he writes, adding “We have always believed that it’s possible to make money without being evil.”

Want a live version of this? Check back in a week, when Google reports its quarterly earnings.


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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