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Google: New Antitrust Poster Child

Just think of what a couple decades can do. Twenty years ago the Feds were all over Microsoft for abusing its operating system and productivity software monopolies. While Microsoft still has ridiculous amounts of market share, for some reason those antitrust charges were dropped as permanently as the O.J. Simpson murder rap. Oh, there were some findings against Microsoft, but the teeth were softer than Grannie Clampet's.

The new monopoly is Google, and now the U.S. FTC is scrounging for evidence of Google abuses. Here the feds are trying to prove that Google dominates search advertising (duh) and abuses this position to take over other businesses.

And get this: One of the witnesses against Google is good old Microsoft which claims that Google doesn't share information with its competitors. Did the Redmond lawyers really say this with a straight face?

Posted by Doug Barney on 06/27/2011 at 1:18 PM


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