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lol: Google Attacked for Copying Facebook Vending Machine

Facebook and Google have both been accused of back and forth copying of one another, with Google+ getting a lot of that negative attention. Now it seems that Google has created a vending machine for its Mountain View headquarters that dispenses computer accessories. This is exactly what Facebook did back in the spring of 2011. Basically, these machines were first used by Facebook to save time and money when ordering new computer parts for employees. Apparently Google liked the idea, too.

Regardless of whether Google directly copied Facebook or Facebook copied Best Buy, I think this is a wise move. It makes sense to limit the need for external parts of orders by having a machine on campus with these parts. From what I know you basically use your badge as the key to “purchase” these. They aren’t really charged anything unless they exclusively get things from the machines. The “who copied who” wars get a little annoying, in my opinion. After all, isn’t having your idea copied the ultimate compliment?  It’s called evolution people.

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  1. SoCal Waterman

    Interesting how such an old out of date concept such as the vending machine has become such a hot new item!
    @Vending guy the blocks of wood are thier new high tech “Anti-Static vending machine runners!”

  2. Pretty funny that just like at Facebook, the geeks still don’t know how to remove the wood skids from the bottom of the machine so it can sit on the floor on its adjustable levelers.  I know that USI includes directions in all their machines on how to remove the skids. RTFM guys!!!  Of course since Google doesn’t have any instructions for how to use any of their products, maybe they don’t know what a manual is.  Or maybe they get tired of all the high tech stuff they have in their offices and enjoy looking at blocks of plain wood under the machines.

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