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A furious think-tank boss, Google, and an academic 'fired' for criticizing ads giant

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Re: "Maybe they can turn it around but for now consider selling Google"

There's a danger for Google in being too successful.

MS got a slap on the wrist and a fat fine, and just damaged their brand.

But Google are really important to how the internet works, and hold vast amounts of personal data. You can buy off politicians to ignore all that for a bit. But if/when the public do notice and the pitchforks come ou, those politicians will just turn on you - and could legislate you out of existence. Or break your company up like the Telecoms monopolies.

It takes effort to become that unpopular. But the data Google have could make them look so terrifying, that they need to be careful and sort out their PR.

It takes a long time to live down a bad image.

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