Anil Dash: Well, don’t *not* be not evil….

This post was talking about google’s “Don’t be Evil” mantra, and then talked about Bill Gate’s reaction to Google’s motto. Anil quoted:

Q:So that would be the philosophical difference between Microsoft and what Google is up to at this point?

Gates: Well, we don’t know everything they are up to, but we do know their slogan and we disagree with that.

Which is misleading, because if you actually read the article, Bill Gates was actually talking about Google’s other motto, “Organize the world’s information”, which was stated in the previous paragraph

So Google is not offering development capabilities yet. Of course, I expect they will. But they’re not in that game at all today. In fact, they have this slogan that they are going to organize the world’s information. Our slogan is that we are going to give people tools to let them organize the world’s information. It’s a slightly different approach, based on the platformization of all of our capabilities and not thinking of ourselves as the organizer.

Media, where ever it comes from, can sometimes bend things, intentionally, or unintentionally. Better check your facts. I’m afraid that the same thing always happens during the elections.


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