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      #31755 - 10/30/08 10:10 PM

Most iPhone owners probably love their iPhones almost as much as I love mine. Why not? You can use your iPhone to do things like accessing maps of your current location, checking e-mail accounts such as Gmail, searching the Internet, and even watching YouTube videos.

Those are several examples of some the most popular uses for iPhones, but I just realized something: every one of them is provided by Google.

I'm not saying that that's a bad thing; Google is a hip company that pretty consistently introduces new technologies in ways that people respond to quite positively. But there's a problem: now that cell phones running Google's own Android operating system are becoming available, it wouldn't be all that surprising if one of Google's execs made a declaration that iPhones are now their enemy.

Can you imagine if Google pulled the plug on all forms of iPhone support? Just losing YouTube, maps, and Gmail would be enough to make many iPhone users feel devastated, possibly to the point that they would start thinking about caving in and buying an Android phone.

Don't get me wrong: Google has not said or done anything indicating that they have plans to do anything like that. But the fact is that Google has such a slick way of integrating itself into our daily lives (and iLives) that many of us depend heavily upon them without even realizing it. And I have to say... that makes me a little nervous.


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