"Max is right about the free thing. Everything comes with a cost, and giving out your personal info (name, email, company name,etc.) is light $100+ dollars in the "third-party info sharing world""
What I was trying to point out was suggesting that users privacy is gone when they use Google free services isn't true. And what I've found especially disturbing is that Max mentioned Google explicitly as the only company that makes your privacy gone (which is still untrue), which is a Microsoft competitor. I don't try to state that your personal info has no price. So, no, your comment doesn't make Max right.
What is interesting that Max, as a Microsoft employee (is he?), doesn't get what can giving away services for free give to Google. It is a matter of emphasing that Google earns anything from knowing your personal info. Which is IMO false. By helping you to live online Google gets far more - it gets your heart. It gets your trust, you eyes and your mind. And it works for them. Google brand is gaining every day. They have trust, they have momentum, they get new users. And all this to sell some ads, that your trust more, because those are from Google.
And not only that. By saying "Do no evil" Google is saying that they appreciate more then your money. I am not saying Google is a cure to all evil. I am saying they know what to do to gain trust. Which is priceless.