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Wow! Heartfelt but near diatribe. Can see the frustration of being a platform guy stuck in a product house. Will GOOG listen? Hard to imagine. Why? I don't see GOOG as a product house. I see them as a huge data repository. The business model depends on creating free product that suck consumer data that then gets massaged and churned into profile packages for ad monetization (and judging by their just announced earnings - they do it extremely well). Hence, the "product" is data and the products referred to in this post are nothing more than a means to an end. That is, the logical evolution of a data play IS platform. So hopefully this heartfelt rant will get the desired air play and cause Larry or whomever to act. Should be fun to watch.
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