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The Boston Globe Magazine has a rather Long Story on Google.
They say google is the first tool truly to make sense of the white noise that is the Internet, Google has become essential research for everyone from sales people calling on new accounts to single people taking another spin with blind-date roulette. Not only that, Google changed our concept of time as well. It has helped make our past - or oddly refracted shards of it - present and permanent.
Also, As a nation, we need to put measures in place, before it\'s too late, that provide some basic protection of vital personal information, like bank account numbers and Social Security numbers and, most important, details that have personal safety implications, such as the addresses of victims. But, in the end, given how much of life is lived online nowadays, the greater good is served by making most information accessible and permanent.