Google is the 800 pound gorilla in the internet space and its always fascinating to read about their challenges and successes. After all if the number 1 player has a cold everyone else get's sick.
The annual Founders Letter (link) is a fantastic read because you get a rare insight into the hopes and wishes of Larry Page. One such "revelation" in the current version is
This is clearly the driver behind Google Now and its goal of providing frictionless information when needed without requiring anything from you. The Google Now promise of having the right information available exactly when you need it automatically is actually one of the features that is pushing me to switch from an iPhone to an Android device.
Talking about Android, he is another interesting snippet
We have seen Google try some very crazy ideas and that's a good thing. You need a true innovator willing to through a bowl of spaghetti on the wall and see what sticks. The one that I found super interesting is project Loon. The idea is to set a dozens of high orbit balloons loose over the planet and use them to bathe the "unconnected" world to the internet.
Some are worried that Google is too powerful, that they know too much and that it should be stopped. Each of us has the option to not use Google services or even to "get off the net" if we so choose, but if you do use their products, stop complaining about your belief that they lack privacy. The fact that Google is successful and has cash reserves is what allows them to pay for these crazy experiements (self driving cars, Loon, Google Fiber, etc) and hopefully make the world an easier more pleasant place.