Hailstorm was one of the most scary projects that Microsoft ever undertook. Consumers were supposed to store their personal data in the Microsoft vaults, so when they would go shopping or do their taxes online, Microsoft could provide all the required data for them. More than just an unfortunate name, the project had no future because consumers and partners had concerns over privacy and Microsoft's poor track record as a monopolist.
The doom scenario would have Microsoft owning all our personal data. And whenever we wanted to access it, we would have to pay for it. It didn't take long for the industry to team up against this evil scheme and form the Liberty Alliance. Bye bye Hailstorm.
Google is currently under fire for the auto link feature in the Google toolbar. The service will add links to webpages and is potentially a violation of copyrights. While several web publishers are outraged, Google remains silent. Much like Microsoft did when it faced criticism over the Hailstorm project.
Let's hope this doesn't start a new trend.
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