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Nov 20th, 2012 Share: Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Share on LinkedIn

Is the Internet soon to be owned by Big Corp?

Over the last couple of days these two articles caught my eye: Google experimenting with free mobile access to its web services in developing markets and How every smartphone could become a Facebook phone.

As much as one can applaud these companies for giving free Internet access to people who might not be able to afford it otherwise — it leaves one wondering. Given that both Google and Facebook are publicly traded companies which have clear obligations toward their shareholders I am not sure if this is a healthy trend.

Remind me to tell you my eBay story one day. Wonderful (and sad) example what happens to even the best intentions when a publicly traded company stops hitting their growth numbers.

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