Google's New Page - InformationWeek
IoT
IoT
Cloud // Cloud Storage
Commentary
4/5/2011
07:19 PM
Thomas Claburn
Thomas Claburn
Commentary
Connect Directly
Google+
LinkedIn
Twitter
RSS
E-Mail
50%
50%
RELATED EVENTS
[Ransomware] Taking the Mystery out of Ransomware
Dec 07, 2016
Lost data. Systems locked down. Whole companies coming to a grinding halt. When it comes to ransom ...Read More>>

Google's New Page

Larry Page has replaced Eric Schmidt as Google's CEO. Here's a to-do list for the company's chief executive.

Google co-founder Larry Page assumed the role of CEO on Monday, replacing Eric Schmidt who led the company for the past 10 years.

Page previously served as Google's co-president with Sergey Brin, the company's other founder. But Google has grown significantly since then, and perhaps more significantly, a backlash against the company is underway.

Since its incorporation in 1998, Google has disrupted a number of industries and irked government officials in the U.S. (privacy, refusing to turn over search data), China (resisting censorship requirements), Germany (Street View) and Italy (YouTube), among other countries. Its continued dominance of search advertising has competitors like Microsoft complaining to the European Union about unfair competition and backing a Do-Not-Track proposal as a way to limit Google's data collection advantage. U.S. regulators have begun inquires into Google's search business.

Google's plan to purchase travel software company ITA has prompted organized opposition, with Microsoft again playing a role. Its previously lax approach to privacy led to mishandled product launches such as Google Buzz and the inadvertent vacuuming of data exposed via Wi-Fi. This has armed competitors with ammunition and forced the company into a settlement with the FTC that will subject it to a decade of privacy reviews by regulators.

Google's ambitious plan to digitize the world's books and make them available online has run into the weathered but still sturdy roadblock of copyright law. Its stand against Chinese government censorship and against attacks on its infrastructure last year has added additional impediments to success in China, where even the most fawning foreign businesses struggle with a capricious legal system and rules that favor local companies.

Google's open source Android mobile operating system has elicited a major lawsuit from Oracle, while its mobile hardware partners have been targeted by Apple and Microsoft, among others. Meanwhile, Android developers continue to complain about Android fragmentation, at least one notable handset makers is mulling alternatives to Android, and Amazon is offering an Android Appstore of its own.

Then there's Google TV, opposed by various media companies, and the company's advocacy of Net Neutrality, opposed by telecom companies to the point that Google subsequently partnered with Verizon and proposed a compromise.

And if all that weren't enough, Google must deal with Facebook, which offers a vision of computing organized around people rather than search keywords.

In short, Larry Page has a lot to think about and enemies to spare. And since Google has always been thoughtful enough to suggest search terms, I thought I might offer some suggestions in return.

Previous
1 of 2
Next
Comment  | 
Print  | 
More Insights
Comments
Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
How Enterprises Are Attacking the IT Security Enterprise
To learn more about what organizations are doing to tackle attacks and threats we surveyed a group of 300 IT and infosec professionals to find out what their biggest IT security challenges are and what they're doing to defend against today's threats. Download the report to see what they're saying.
Register for InformationWeek Newsletters
White Papers
Current Issue
Top IT Trends to Watch in Financial Services
IT pros at banks, investment houses, insurance companies, and other financial services organizations are focused on a range of issues, from peer-to-peer lending to cybersecurity to performance, agility, and compliance. It all matters.
Video
Slideshows
Twitter Feed
InformationWeek Radio
Archived InformationWeek Radio
Join us for a roundup of the top stories on InformationWeek.com for the week of November 6, 2016. We'll be talking with the InformationWeek.com editors and correspondents who brought you the top stories of the week to get the "story behind the story."
Sponsored Live Streaming Video
Everything You've Been Told About Mobility Is Wrong
Attend this video symposium with Sean Wisdom, Global Director of Mobility Solutions, and learn about how you can harness powerful new products to mobilize your business potential.
Flash Poll