Reno - 4:47 pm on May 28, 2010 (gmt 0)
Another word: Antitrust.
From today's news:
Federal antitrust regulators may be able to build a case against Apple over its iTunes business because the company has a dominant share of the U.S. music download market, an antitrust lawyer said today.
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I understand we are comparing apples & oranges when we bring up AT&T or Microsoft or Apple, but a similar scenario does exist in each example: One company too thoroughly dominates its field. Google is in that position and yet, to the best of my knowledge, we don't even hear the gov implying that maybe the situation needs to be examined. In fact, I have never even seen it discussed outside of the webmaster community. Be that as it may, I can only hope (but do not expect) that will change as this behemoth continues to move any way it wants, without the slightest regards for the damage it renders.