Google Earth Catches Chinese Sub, May Hurt With China Relations

Guess Google is officially that big that the left hand does not know what the right hand is doing. But you would think the left hand would be aware when righty is firing a gun at it!

The recent pictures taken of Chinese submarines by Google Earth and published for the world is a great example. Google and the internet in general has a delicate relationship with the Chinese government and this latest blunder will impact it.

That there are coordinates to the whereabouts of six subs according to the PC World article, including a new type never photographed before, also shows the automated nature of Google.

Is Google heading us into the Terminator-type future? Their planned purchase of DoubleClick has raised privacy issues, but let's forget about them sharing the information with anyone else... what can they ultimately do with it themselves.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.