I commented: this is not cool, right?
He commented: not cool
This is a friend who has been through a lot of startups and been with big name companies like Napster, Sony, and TRW. Just in case, I'll be check with Dave the Mobile Sage about this but I'm sure he'll say the same thing.
Google has denied such a deal happening but Verizon was more forthcoming. I think Google' motto about "Doing no evil" should have a "*". "* so long as it's good for us and convenient".
Of course, this isn't the end of it. I'm sure the White House, the FCC, and even Congress will have a few things to say about this. And we've yet to hear from either Google or Verizon's competitors yet.
More in this form other knowledgeable folks from the Internet:
- Huffington Post: Google-Verizon Deal: The End of The Internet as We Know It
- NewTeeVee: A Google-Verizon Deal Could Cripple Web Video Innovation
- Crunchgear: Google, Doing No Evil, Close To Deal With Verizon That Would Kill Net Neutrality Forever
Who to believe? I can't wait to find out. Given Google's 180 decision to get back into China and continue to censor its search results, I wouldn't be surprised if this turned out just the way the NYT said.