IanKelley - 9:48 pm on Apr 2, 2011 (gmt 0)
Without getting into the argument about whether there should be government intervention where Google is concerned and just looking at MS' points:
- Using technical measures to stop Microsoft's search engine Bing from indexing content on Google-owned YouTube.
- Blocking Microsoft Smartphones from operating properly with YouTube.
I call BS. This will turn out to be an implementation error on MS' part... wouldn't surprise me if it was intentional in order to create the problem.
Making things technically difficult for competitors is something MS is famous for, they have a long history of abuse where that is concerned. For the most part other tech companies don't stoop that low. As far as I know Google has never even been accused of it.
- Controlling access to online copies of out-of-copyright books.
Translation: offering books online which, being out of copyright, anyone else can offer online as well. Huh?
- Limiting the ability of businesses to reclaim "their own information" generated through Google advertising campaigns for use elsewhere.
Contrived... Google provides businesses with more information about their campaigns than most and they don't even suggest that business don't run their own metrics. Reclaim? As if the data can only exist in one place? Or is the implication that Google is sneaking into people's servers at night and stealing their access logs? :-)
- Compelling leading websites to only use Google search boxes on their pages.
Very silly. Bing makes the same kinds of deals. The websites in question are free to sign a deal with Bing (or whoever) instead of Google if they want.
Does Bing consider potential regulators in Europe to be fools? I guess that's not unreasonable considering how internet regulation has been going the last few years.