Demaestro - 4:37 pm on Jul 5, 2011 (gmt 0)
You want to play those games when you're hiring employees, that's one thing. Playing games with millions of dollars of stockholders' money is another matter entirely.
But there was no risk, it wasn't like if they got Nortel for 3.14 billion it would have been a bad thing. So why get all grumpy over it? I don't see a backlash of investors dumping Google stock over playful bidding.
Many assertions that it wasn't a smart thing to do, no explanation of why other than poetic notions that "playing with other people's money is not a game"
That is why it was amusing, they did something that had big implications but zero risk. Not a show stopper, just fun.