The usually insightful Adam Penenberg summarizes a years worth of his columns from Wired in this Slate Article about Google.
I love the "free heroin" analogy. And I've blogged bits about many of the issues he's talked about - including the AOL dependency. But the article gets kinda weird at the end, when he wonders if Google's biggest enemy will eventually be the federal government.
Because Google gives away its products for free, it's a good bet that the day a company that charges for similar services gets forced out of business, it will sue claiming predatory pricing. The government probably wouldn't allow Ford to give away cars equipped with satellite radio just so it could pump ads to drivers;
That's just prima fascia absurd-ness!