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Thursday, September 29, 2005

Diversification is a good thing:
    The internet search and advertising giant will now build a 1 million-square-foot complex of offices and accommodation at the NASA Research Park at Moffett Field and will join forces with scientists from the US space agency. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

But, when is too much diversification, well, too much?

There is a good reason McDonald's doesn't go into the car manufacturing business. They could - I mean, they have the capital to invest. However, they won't because it is not part of their core competency. If they did start building cars, shareholders will start wondering what's going on and how it will affect the bottom line.

I can see and understand (being a geek and all) how it is kind of cool to get into the NASA and space racketeering business. Though, I'm puzzled as to what Google is trying to do here - Perhaps they have too much money :)

Some logical chap may say the following (from the same article linked above):
    A pact signed by Google and NASA outlines areas of cooperation including large-scale data management and "massively distributed computing".
Ok, I buy that.

Lets just hope Google doesn't start indexing alien web sites and alien libraries around the Alpha Centauri star. I'm guessing their copyright laws are bit more strict and their lawyers meaner than earthling lawyers. Though our lawyers have been known to sue old ladies, children, and even presidents - All and all, it will be an interstellar debate of who is more wrong.

Leaving silliness aside, I wonder how this new move aligns with Google's core business: advertising and searching - I don't invest in Google, but I demand an explanation from Larry Page and Sergey Brin - As you read this, I'm still waiting by the phone for their call.

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