Top 10 Google flubs, flops and failures

Not everything Google touches turns to gold. These are some of Google's biggest nonstarter Web services, software programs, and business moves.

Google Web Accelerator: Time Saver, or Waste of Time?
Google's Web Accelerator is a combination of something you don't really need and something that may compromise your privacy. The software is still offered by Google and promises to speed up page load times of Web pages by as much as a less-than-stunning 20 percent.
Reviewers said that the target audience for Google Web Accelerator, broadband users, already can retrieve Web sites fast enough. And from the start, privacy activists such as Richard Smith accused Google of using Web Accelerator as a market research tool. Smith said, "They'll be looking at what people are doing on the Internet, what they're reading, what they're buying? There's potentially a lot of information just from the click-stream of the URLs people visit."

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