Europe Doth Protest Too Much
However, with a majority of U.S. Attorneys General also on Google's case, the company will have to tread carefully in how it deals with these complaints. Google's argument, that one policy is better than the 60+ previously in place, sounds good on paper. Also, the company points out that users always have the option to stop using services they don't want to, and there are private browsing options on most browsers.
But that's not going to stop highly paid lawyers and legislators chasing after a few more years' work wading through court battles against an increasingly dominant Internet service. In fact, you wonder if Google should just call their bluff and pull access in any state or country that is dragging.
At the practical end of the company's operations, Google is doing its best to clean up its young social network. Originally, suspected spam messages in Google+ were merely greyed out of the conversation threads. Now though, Google has upped its game and removed them from view.
In case you need to check to see if a comment was valid, there's a "Show comments removed as spam" option, but given the success of Google's spam email filter, I'm pretty confident most will leave them to rot in a spammy heap.
A less welcome move for Google is the fall in user share for the Chrome browser, as the new Firefox 10 and slowly rising Internet Explorer 9 gain users. Chrome had a good run, but Microsoft in particular is picking up steam and Internet Explorer usagemay shoot up massively when Windows 8 arrives across phones, tablets and computers.
Android Rules MWC
Mobile World Congress might have come and gone, with a stunning array of new phones, but with no Apple at the show, and a lack of essential must-upgrade devices, it was a pretty hollow victory for the army of Android phones beating up on the Windows Phone 7 models.
However, the big news is that Google is hard at work on Android 5.0 or Jelly Bean and may get the OS out to users by November. But there is still the issue of many Android users being stuck with 3.x systems and not getting upgraded fast enough, something that could hurt the Android ecosystem in the long term.
Google will be looking at increasing the presence of Android in TV sets as Apple warms up its long-awaited play in that market, so expect plenty of content and interface friendly features for your big screen in the next version.