So you would have to download all content from the cloud onto your device? Apps, movies, books, music etc? Not feasible this would take far too long and would severely limit the space available on the device.
Right. I'd also add a general guest account where you, the device owner, can sandbox the available apps as well as permissions (no download, no installs, no cellular network data, etc.).
The device owner/admin should be able to create and disable users as required. If you have kids, you might want to create an account for the kids that only offers them certain apps and limits a number of capabilities.
In Australia, we almost match this by (a) having a "Low Income Tax Offset" (being fazed out in favour of an $18k tax free bracket) and (b) having a wide-reaching 'Centrelink' social security scheme. One of our greatest worries as a nation is that we're very dependent on such structural measures, but that we're using a medium-term cyclical benefit (the mining boom) to pay for it.
The shareholders control the board, and the board controls management. Thus, unhappy shareholders will mean new management.
In FB's case however, Zuck still controls (through proxy) the majority of votes; Zuck cannot be ousted.
There are other problems with a non-performing stock too; employee morale may be (and is increasingly?) tightly related to the share options they own. If management is not performing well and costing their employees money (!) that can ruin morale.
This doesn't just involve Facebook; currently the market is pretty bullish on web companies. It can quickly turn bearish, restricting the capital that currently flows so free.
Typically, they'll be offered options to buy stock for essentially nothing. Often there will be tricks though - for example it might take a couple of years in employment to be able to exercise all of the options.
I'd recommend hooking up with a local angels syndicate, so that diversify the risk. Also, bigger pockets (ie across the whole syndicate rather than just one angel) attracts better investment opportunities.
Have a look at Gust.com to see if anyone is in your area.
For a further push into index funds (vs stock picking) look up the "efficient markets hypothesis" and relate it to portfolio theory. Our markets are very reasonably semi-strong; over any considerable time period, the chances of you beating the market as an individual on a risk-adjusted basis are essentially nil.
Look for funds' fees and tracking errors before choosing.
I imagine the opportunity for Google to offer this sort of "private search" (perhaps w/ complementing premium features) via mass licenses to (nervous) big corps would be one worth perusing. I imagine also it might be worth those big corps' money.
The firm holds a longer, (financially) non-optimal view; their handling stakeholders would be different if they were gunning for an exit. Instead, Wordpress seem to be presenting for (private; less volatile) investment (but I don't know what for?).
Commercial banks offer what you're seeking. In our local scene when one of our cash-flow+ portfolio companies is seeking further capital for expansion, often debt is a better (cheaper) option than taking on VC investment (if they're CF+ they shouldn't be seeking angel terms!). We've actually had a big bank actively trying to sell such debt.
If you're CF+ and need capital, talk to your bank.