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Google See, Verizon Do

If there is one thing that the corporate world is really good at, it’s the paranoid imitation of any trend in the hopes of staying relevant. Thus Google is pioneering or perhaps stumbling into opening up cell phones and Verizon responds by opening up its network to CMDA devices. It’s an impressive performance made only more impressive by the mutual cluelessness on both sides.

Google leaves behind a list of failures from its attempts to stumble into areas it didn’t understand, from Google Video to Froogle to Google Checkout and now Google has responded to its failures by thinking bigger, rummaging through alternative energy and DNA research. Google is no great threat to the cell phone industry but the hype that surrounds it and the success of the iPhone has panicked Verizon enough to do the right thing.

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