Well, I guess the other shoe has dropped. Google has now hired the most evil lobbying shop in the country. I recall that they previously acquired their earth imagery with a restrictive license not allowing other companies to license the same data. I can't recall the company this was with, but suffice it to say that the "don't be evil" ruse that has given them the benefit of many a coder's doubt is now inoperative. Too bad, I wanted to believe that a corporation could actually try to do good for the world.
Some people will say that they are just paying them as a form of protection money from the Republican juggernaut. Some will say that it is the responsibility of a publically traded company to maximize it's shareholder's profits. Some will say that maybe they won't have them pull any of the dirty tricks that is the only reason to hire DCI. Sorry, but that is just too many ifs and maybes, as should be, you are judged by the company you keep. Corporations do not need to be sociopaths. Brin and Page should be ashamed.
Google fanboys, join the Republican fanboys. Sadly, you are now the same.