bobmark - 6:12 pm on Sep 30, 2002 (gmt 0) SORRY LAWMAN!
Not that it relates to the points made, but TV Guide is owned by Gemstar-TV Guide International who do not have significant investment from the major networks.
So now it's well I like Google, but they're not good for this or that and that's life.
The problem is when a corporation such as Google achieves virtual monopoly status through their business practices their choice is to disregard the needs of the hundreds of thousands of smaller businesses who are dependent on them for their survival (and let's not forget, Google on them for it's survival) or to adopt flexible policies that are responsive.
To date, the only semi-monoploy who seem to have survived for a significant period while acting in an arbitrary manner is MS. Standard Oil fell, IBM fell, numerous SE's fell from their positions.
I think Google has to address the reality of their dominance by some meaningful cooperation with the rest of the industry (I mean US) or risk the same fate.
I just saw your post. You said it better and quicker!