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Google ( GOOG) used to get it. I mean, in a pure sense, this company really got it.

I used to fawn over the virtues of Google's open strategies, in which it worked to empower the individual and become the de facto conduit of information flow in the new world.

And Google is still by far the best Internet property out there. Its search results rock, and it remains a de facto standard in search. Its advertising network is mind-blowing in its simplicity and, increasingly, in its reach across platforms (Internet, radio, newspaper, etc.) and breadth (graphics, audio, print). I've owned Google since the day it came public, and I'm not about to sell it today. Indeed, I'm a buyer of it, as I'll detail later.

But all is not well in Google-land. The company's famous "Do no evil" slogan and content-source agnosticism are ever more compromised by the tens of thousands of programmers, developers, managers, MBAs and executives from the mainstream business and education worlds who are pushing the company's paws into ever more honey jars.

Here are three examples of Google's fumbles that I expect, over a very long time (say, 10 to 20 years), will be the company's undoing:

  1. Is it content-source agnostic or not? Click on its video page and see it try to guide you to videos that it can sell and get a cut for. You lose consumers' trust when you try to sell them information from favored sources, rather than just acting as a blind conduit.

  2. Google's much-ballyhooed Gmail API strategy, in which it was going to allow the 1.5 billion people on the Internet full control of their Gmail accounts, has been quietly terminated. Oh, sure, Google is still offering the ability to develop Gmail applications such as task-bar notification of new emails, but it has quietly shuttered the ability to log in and control your Gmail account from any site but the actual Gmail site. Where was the press release announcing that change, which rendered hundreds of applications developed off the Gmail API worthless? Google didn't exactly hype that change the way it did the launch of the original Gmail API.

  3. Here's the third and outright evil example of Google having lost its way: It's fighting against private-ownership rights as it attempts to enlist the U.S. government to stop innovation of Internet-like networks. The catch phrase for this battle comes from Google and its brethren, who call it "Net Neutrality." Google is pretending that it's fighting for some sort of level playing field, when it's actually fighting for "Forceful Net Control" (a much more accurate term that I'll coin for it).

    Verizon ( VZ) and other companies are sinking tens of billions of dollars into their physical networks, which they think will enable all kinds of new killer apps that would collectively take us into Web 3.0 and beyond, making Web 2.0 look like a minor stepping stone into the future. But Google and its cronies are sending millions upon millions of dollars to your representatives and asking them to freeze the current Internet in place.

    Google says it's acting in the best interest of consumers and end users. Why the use of force then? A truly "non-evil" company would have no interest in using governmental force to stop attempts at innovation. A truly "non-evil" entity would want Verizon to risk billions innovating its network and figuring out ways to monetize such investments. Using force to stop innovation sounds awfully evil to me. And I'll cynically call this one like it is and say that Google's evil here stems from the fact that it knows it has won this version of the Internet and wants the government to make sure it stays on top. Evil is as evil does.

None of these bullet points makes me want to sell Google. Again, I'm a buyer of Google here, as I recently noted on "Your World with Neil Cavuto" on Fox News. But you can see the cracks in the Google armor spreading. And it's time to start looking for the next Google. This company is certainly opening the door by shedding, purposefully or not, its original, revolutionary, open, good strategies.

At the time of publication, the firm in which Willard is a partner was net long Google, although positions can change at any time and without notice.

Cody Willard is the manager of CL Willard Capital Management, LLC. He is a regular guest on Fox News, CNBC and other networks, and he writes a monthly column for the Financial Times. He is also an adjunct professor at Seton Hall University and the author of, a monthly stock market newsletter. Willard appreciates your feedback -- click here to send him an email.