One of the mysteries of our day is why anyone would get worked up about Edward Snowden and the activities of the U.S. spy network he unveiled, while placidly handing Google a key to their lives and an invitation to rummage around freely inside it.
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For Google, it’s not hard to see how Nest’s products (a smoke alarm, Nest Protect, was also released last year) fit in with the Mountain View, Calif.-based technology giant’s desire “to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.” After all, the Internet isn’t the world; search queries and Gmail messages are just a reflection of the world, largely made up of information that we choose to put into it. So if you really want to learn about the world, you’ll have to go to to the source.
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