There are plenty of reasons to criticize Google and Facebook, but lack of innovation is not one of them. A large part of the reason is this thing we call open source, to which both contribute a great deal. The author would do well to read about open source, specifically how it prevents the kind of enclosure and stagnation he's worried about. The fact that one site can copy another's superficial features is a *good* thing, because the alternative is exactly the kind of intellectual-property regime that leads to the worst kinds of monopoly. Would the world be better if Amazon (should be the true target of his screed) had prevailed on the one-click patent, or Apple on all the "look and feel" stuff? Hardly.