Per the NY Times, as seen abroad in the International Herald Tribune…
Do you think you know how this story ends? You’re probably guessing that because it involves “do no evil” Google, Fortune magazine’s “Best Company to Work For” in the past two years, this is a heartwarming tale of a good company reversing a dumb decision.
If only. Although Google is rolling back its price increase slightly – to 69 percent instead of the original 75 percent – and is phasing in the higher price over five quarters, the outline of the original decision remains largely unchanged. At a TGIF in June, Sergey Brin, who founded Google with Larry Page, said he had no sympathy for the parents and was tired of “Googlers” who felt entitled to perks like “bottled water and M&Ms,” according to several people in the meeting. On Monday, Google began to implement the first phase of its new day care plan, letting go of the outsourcing firm that had been handling one of its facilities.
Hey, Sergey – you ass – it’s probably easier to “do no evil” when you’re 25 years old founding a start-up, eh? Keep in mind that all great “empires” fall. Are we ready to “Microsoft Search” everything once Microsoft Live Search finally gets functional/usable?