Always-interesting Robert X. Cringley notes that Google is apparently going to build two massive data centers in South Carolina and he wonders, what for? The answer, Cringlely decides, is that

Google intends to take over most of the functions of existing fixed networks in our lives, notably telephone and cable television.


Google will become our phone company, our cable company, our stereo system and our digital video recorder. Soon we won't be able to live without Google, which will have marginalized the ISPs and assumed most of the market capitalization of all the service providers it has undermined -- about $1 trillion in all -- which places today's $500 Google share price about eight times too low.

It's a grand plan, but can Google pull it off? Yes they can.


(Note 1: Google is also coming to NC: it has just agreed to build a $600 million center in Lenoir.)

(Note 2: Greg Linden thinks Google has more idealistic goals.)

Meanwhile, the Economist argues that "Microsoft's dominance is slowly being eroded".