I'm not impressed, Anders. You seem almost proud that Google's
Oh, wait. It is. Oops!
I agree with you that Google is a cool enough company to throw side projects at the wall like lumpy oatmeal, just to see what sticks. But I don't see how that's different from less successful Web companies like CNET
Google goes from flop to hit, but so does Robin Williams. I wouldn't pay $200 billion for Robin. Maybe you shouldn't pay $200 billion for Google.
I hate to criticize one of my favorite companies ever, but it's just ignorant to believe that today's search-engine rock star will top the charts forever. Did you really compare Google to Berkshire Hathaway
Come now, Anders, do you really believe that Google isn't spreading itself too thin? With the low-lying fruit of high-margin paid search all but exhausted, Big G is down to throwing its hat into lower-margin rings where it may not hold the same competitive advantages.
"There's no telling what Google will look like in 10 years," you wrote. I couldn't agree more. At this share price, Google must be perpetually more relevant with every passing quarter. The uncertainty of that position -- and the company's willingness to fail -- should scare any investor.
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