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Cultural Offering shares this story from The Wall Street Journal about a deal Google signed with hospitals.

The prospect of tech giants’ amassing huge troves of health records has raised concerns among lawmakers, patients and doctors, who fear such intimate data could be used without individuals’ knowledge or permission, or in ways they might not anticipate.

I'm not sure what the context of this quote is in the larger story. But, it seems ridiculous to worry about tech giants making secret deals if hospitals are doing the same exact thing!

Shouldn't the outcry here be that hospital systems entered into secret deals with Google for access to patient records?

I sat down at my desk today to get my Pixelbook hooked up to my 27 inch Dell monitor. After getting all the cables I needed unplugged from my desktop PC and hooked up to theUSB-C dongle I bought for just this reason I turned on the monitor and it was


It looked like not what I thought it was going to look like.

The native resolution of the Pixelbook is 2400 x 1600 but the Dell only registered a 1920 x 1080 resolution.

And no I know why. Because that's the monitor that I bought. A 27 inch 1080 monitor on sale on Prime Day for $150. It seemed like a steal then. And honestly, it still is to me. It's just not what I thought I was getting because I had let this little project tat took all of 10 minutes to do sit for months.

Anyway, once Windows stops updating I'll probably do the whole connect everything and test it again.

I just wanted to come here and talk about how good the keypoard on the Pixelbook feels.

I don't know what kind of switches are it there.
And I don't care.
I don't know how much travel they have.
And I don't care.

The feel of the actual keys are slightly rubber and they ahve such a better feel than the clicky mechanical keys on my Razor keyboard. I might just find a way to push the Pixelbook screen to the monitor and still just the Pixelbook keyboard.

Honestly, I think Google should be making just a blue tooth version of this keyboard. Not the Pixel Slate one but this one because it feels so damned good.

So John Gruber does understand monopoly and competition when it involves Google, but not when it involves Apple. Interesting.

Competition isn’t the right word. Yes, there are competing search engines, clearly. The right word is monopoly,

The exact thing could have been said about Apple's iBook store and Amazon's Kindle store when the Justice Department sued Apple in 2013. By artificially inflating the prices of book across both stores by colluding with publishers, Apple tried to take away the competition that Amazon was giving Apple.

Funny how he doesn't connect the two things though.

A whole lot of people don't like Google. Those people do generally praise Apple and see the worst in Google. The latest example is Genius claiming Goolge "stole" their lyrics.

K.Q. Dreger sums his thoughts up

But ultimately, this points back to Google’s enormous control over the traffic, and often financial wellbeing, of sites whose content it decides to scrape and surface via Knowledge Panels or Featured Snippets.

However, Google licenses the lyrics already so they can't be stolen in the legal sense. People don't click through to websites because the Featured Snippets load faster and better than the over bloated websites that hosts the info.

Better page loading isen;'t huge control, just better strategy.

A short summary of the timeline

The Wall Street Journal published Lyrics Site Accuses Google of Lifting its Content with an update on June 16.

The internet freaks out because "Look Google is stealing stuff!"

On Monday June 17 John Gruber at Daring Fireball shares his thoughts

It’s preposterous that Google is denying that they did anything wrong here. They truly were caught red-handed.

Of course Google is wrong because they're Google, they lie, cheat, and steal to try to beat Apple. <-- my summary of Gruber's thesis

On Tuesday June 18 Mike Masnick at Techdirt

There are plenty of reasons to be concerned about Google, but the fact that its properly licensed lyrics matches someone else's properly licensed lyrics, doesn't seem like one of them.

This is just a freak out because Google is always bad. <-- my summary of Masnick's thesis

Today Mike Masnick at Techdirt shared an update

But a totally misleading and ginned up story that does not accurately portray the situation or the law is not helping anything but the outrage machine.

My question is simple:

Will the outraged people accussing Google of stealing check their outrage now that Microsoft and Amazon are doing the same thing? Especially since they've legally licsensed the lyrics from the labels anyway?

My gut answer is simple:

I highly doubt it.

We may never know how many clients and apps Google thinks people need to message each other. According to
this story
Phone Arena
there's going to be at least one more. Messages on the desktop.

That gives us
+ Messages
+ Google Voice
+ Hangouts
+ Allo
+ Duo

And probably a few more I missed.

On April 3, the New York Times reported

Apple has hired Google’s chief of search and artificial intelligence, John Giannandrea, a major coup in its bid to catch up to the artificial intelligence technology of its rivals.

Many technology focused blogs picked up this news and started claiming it as proof that Apple is now taking AI seriously and working on improving Siri to the level of Google Assistant and Amazon Alexa. I don't doubt that Apple is working to improve Siri. In fact, I would be shocked if they were not working to improve Siri.

I have a hard time believing that one man, one executive is proof that Apple is taking A.I. more seriously than before. Mr. Giannadrea will be in charge of a team of employees and reporting to Cook so, it is not likely that he will be the one writing the code that will make Siri understand questions better. He will, most likely, not be the one updating database code to handle more queries more quickly. He will be laying down the bigger, future forward road map of the internal process of updating Siri.

I am not saying that is not an important part of improving Siri but, the idea that Mr. Giannandrea will single-handedly improve Siri is a bit of a stretch.