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Google streaming in Austria

The streaming service “Google Play Music All Access” became available in Austria in August after having gone online in the U.S. in May. “Millions of songs” are available for a monthly fee of €7.99 for those that sign up before 15 September, making the service €2 cheaper than its main competitors Spotify and Deezer. For […]

Google is Getting it

Google is Getting it

I guess I shouldn’t be startled by the news that governments and law enforcement are hitting up Google for user data – more so than ever before. Or that multiple governments have asked that content be removed, also on a record-breaking scale. What is worth applauding is that Google has for three years now been […]

A Universal Library

Scholars have long dreamed of a universal library containing everything that has ever been written. Then, in 2004, Google announced that it would begin digitally scanning every book contained in five major research libraries. Suddenly, the library of utopia seemed within reach. Indeed, a digital universal library might be even better than any earlier thinker […]

Big Money Merges with Big Brother

All over the world, Internet users entertain romantic delusions about cyberspace. To most of us Web surfers, the Internet provides a false sense of complete freedom, power, and anonymity. Every once in a while, of course, unsolicited messages and ads that happen to be mysteriously related to our most intimate habits intrude. They remind us […]

Letters to the Editor: April 2009

Dear Vienna Review, In the March 2009 issue, a polemical opinion piece by Esther Dyson ran under the headline “Big Brother Google?” The author, “an active investor in a variety of start ups” and likely a Google shareholder as well, appears terrified that Google may come under the control of international governance, and raises the […]

Big Brother Google?

Big Brother Google?

“Google violates its ‘don’t be evil’ motto.” To Google’s credit, if you google that sentence, you can find reference to a debate on that claim that I took part in recently. As it happens, I have a complex relationship with Google. I have fed at its trough many times – as a personal guest; as […]

The World’s Wide Web

The World’s Wide Web

“The internet is the most dramatic change in human history,” charged Karl Pall, manager of Google Austria in a talk at Webster University Vienna Nov. 13. With two-thirds of Austrians having broadband access, and one billion people worldwide gaining access to the Internet in the last 15 years, he may not be far off. And […]

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