wheel - 5:24 pm on Sep 22, 2011 (gmt 0)
I'm just curious, folks. What do you wise professionals say (or how do you suggest I respond) to the argument on the order of "Google is a business *not operating pro bono* and thus they 'have a right' to promote their own products, cook the search, and do as they please with the search 'product'."?
They can do all that - until they become dominant. Once they become dominent, additional onus is placed on them not to stifle competition and do things that are counter to consumer's best interest, things they can do by virtue of their dominance and monopoly.
We can argue whether that's right or wrong, but the my limited understanding is that there seems to be laws around this stuff in many countries. You can do as you please until you own everything. Then you can't do anything you please.