gmyuriy writes: Not being a user of modern smartphones for a while, I recently finally moved to one. A Google account is required for using many of the features on the phone, so I entered one. Not until my contact list suddenly pulled all the info and the pictures of my friends on gmail, however, that the freakishness of the new Google reality descended on me... Imagine now that your government new about you what you are doing at any time, who your friends are, who you are talking to, what you are reading, what you are interested in, what you are planning to do, when and where, in addition to knowing at every moment of time where you are located, holding all your personal emails, address books, documents, calendars... How would you feel about that? Now how about when all of that is in the hands of a private corporation? Is it just me or it is a little bit freakish?