Posted in Menacing Monopoly

Now Google wants control over your cable/satellite set-top box

Why settle for controlling the user experience on only two out of three screens? The Monster of Mountain View has revealed plans to extend the Googlenet's reach to television:

Google and Intel have teamed with Sony to develop a platform called Google TV to bring the Web into the living room through a new generation of televisions and set-top boxes.

The move is an effort by Google and Intel to extend their dominance of computing to an arena where they have little sway, the TV.

What are Intel and Sony thinking? Google doesn't have partners, it has stooges. Mozilla and Apple are discovering that Google isn't much of a friend; it seeks to use them for its own purposes, and doesn't have their best interests at heart.

Sony and Intel will eventually learn this lesson.

The New York Times' sources say the “Google TV” contraption will be based on Android, the Google-approved spyware that ships on mobile phones.