that article in the onion is a spoof isnt it?
i'm personally starting to get a bit worried by google - they're becoming the microsoft of the internet and they're setting de facto standards with little viable competition. people need to start thinking hard about who owns the internet, physically and from an intellectual property point of view. if we dont act soon, then it will be too late. the internet belongs to everyone and one company shouldnt be able to unilaterally shape its future. i should mention normally i'm very laissez-faire, but on this, i'm not sure our physical and intellectual property laws are modelled correctly to deal with internet ownership issues, and therefore i am not sure the market will correct itself. oh dear.