via: The Stringer
Google started out as part of Californian graduate student culture around San Francisco’s Bay Area. But as Google grew it encountered the big bad world. It encountered barriers to its expansion in the form of complex political networks and foreign regulations. So it started doing what big bad American companies do, from Coca Cola to Northrop Grumman. It started leaning heavily on the State Department for support, and by doing so it entered into the Washington DC system.
The thing I wonder is if Larry Page and Eric Schmidt see eye to eye on ingratiating Google with the government or is Schmidt just that smarmy? Schmidt has a laundry list of perverse quotes around user privacy meanwhile Page is a little quieter.