cien - 3:16 pm on Jul 16, 2010 (gmt 0) [edited by: cien at 3:23 pm (utc) on Jul 16, 2010]
I found this quite interesting from your link Themadscientist:
"Monopolies derive their market power from barriers to entry - circumstances that prevent or greatly impede a potential competitor's entry into the market or ability to compete in the market. There are three major types of barriers to entry; economic, legal and deliberate."
Exactly what Google is doing. Mapquest for example was the most used map related service until Google decided to favor their own Google Maps. Hitwise's statistics show evidence of it. Now Mapquest is quickly disappearing from the face of the earth. That's just one example. Google Base is killing price comparison sites as well as stores all over the net.
[edited by: cien at 3:23 pm (utc) on Jul 16, 2010]