(BNC) - Google has released perhaps its most controversial product ever: A Web Accelerator to boost browsing speed by 20%. Google has essentially decided to make 'an extra copy' of the entire World Wide Web (or at least the HTML and images of it) and let you run it off their servers, because Google's servers are always faster (Blogger and Orkut aside, of course).
Dig even deeper and the picture grows to reveal a whole nother world of possibilities. Google is really offering to replace the web, wanting everyone to use their copy instead of the public copy. While the World Wide Web is currently a decentralized network of worldwide servers, Google wants the whole web to run off its computers, in one of its anonymous, nondescript data centers.
Look just a bit deeper and the picture becomes a bit murky. If you run the web off Google's computers, then Google knows everything you do. It reads every page you read, every email you write and send, and sees every bit of pervertedness you look at. Google has complete control of your web, and the freedom to change it as it sees fit, if it ever decides to. More importantly, Google can keep a record of everything you do, information that could prove quite valuable.
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