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This is Fred Wilson / Union Square Ventures, not Charles River, but your point stands.

That said, I don't agree. Sure its possible, but Google is going to jeopardize its entire business to see what Fred Wilson is emailing his partners? Yeah right.

They don't have to read his email, just analyze it algorithmicly. They already generate some kind of index of how many times each interesting word is used, otherwise they couldn't provide ads or fast searching. They only have to view that index as a histogram to reveal all kinds of interesting stuff about Fred's business -- information that he gets an advantage from keeping private.

It depends... Google can say (and can be truth) there were prediction algorithms that analyzed your e-mail and they acted on that!

* blushes * fixed.

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