call a turd a turd
"Paranoids" - I'm guessing you mean conspiracy theorists?
Problem is history if VERY full of stories of powerful men conspiring to stay powerful.
Google has on more than one occasion, shown themselves to be a monopoly building organization, they are trying to gain more control and power. That seems to be their main business focus (not unlike a lot of other businesses). Even more scary is their militia like insistence on cataloging data from public pools for their private use, that no-one should really have access to. And their scary belief that for some reason if they go and collect private data from people on their own dime that somehow they automatically have a right to use that data how they see fit.
Honda, or Ford for example, don't seem to act this way, they seem to focus on producing a car that people would want to buy. I can not say that Google is like that. They do not appear to be soley focused on providing a good web index, or even to lucratively place relevant ads.
They do do these things sure, but there is another plan at foot that is very obvious, even if we can't say accurately what that plan is.
The purchase of YouTube, was part of their plan to monopolize content distribution on the web. I am sure some time down the road, if not already they will start buying up troubled content creators companies.
That they would even think of paying teams of people by the 10,000's to scour the streets gathering what they could sniff out from inside people's homes is a frightening portrayal of their philosophy internally. They already scan gmail users personal private mail, why would one not think it a stretch for them to scan people's private networks? They did not ask for permission, and are trying to set laws by their actions, especially in the book scanning debacle.
The truth is Google has more oversight of the people of the world, than most of the worlds country's spy services put together. If if they don't now, they have a data repository that makes them a threat to freedom in general. I really do see Google as the most real Big Brother threat that world has ever seen.
I don't ever need anyone to "know better" for me, I'd rather decide for myself.
It's not that Google is Evil, its that Google, isn't Good, but it thinks it is.