superclown2 - 11:01 am on Sep 20, 2011 (gmt 0)
I would dearly love to see Google forced to toe the line and stop any (still alleged) restrictive practices but do you really want to see us all subjected to the same governmental dead hand that suffocates business out in the real world? Heck, I first came onto the web to escape the miles of useless red tape and politically correct garbage I had to put up with. Our UK government is run by people who make major business decisions despite never having done a real day's work in their lives, who declare war despite not knowing an RPG from a popgun. I would rather the web ruled the web thanks, and if G is a major player right now then so were Altavista, Yahoo and, yes, Microsoft at some point. Remember that almost Google's entire income comes from people clicking on ads that other people pay for. I have no need to encourage crime by pointing out how easily a system like that could be brought down overnight. Google will not reign for ever and what comes afterwards may be even worse for us but it couldn't be worse than control by a bunch of career politicians.
In short, I fully support any moves that can be made to cut Google down to size but I am concerned that this may be the thin end of another wedge for government interference in our freedom.