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Google Fires Back Against Microsoft in Dueling AntiTrust Claims

     
3:14 pm on Jun 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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In April when Google acquired DoubleClick [webmasterworld.com] Microsoft argued that the action should be blocked by regulators on anti trust grounds [investing.reuters.co.uk].

"This proposed acquisition raises serious competition and privacy concerns," said Brad Smith, Microsoft senior vice president and general counsel in an e-mail statement.

The Wall Street Journal has reveal that Google immediately fired back [news.yahoo.com]:

US search engine titan Google has complained to antitrust authorities that Microsoft's Windows Vista operating-system software puts rivals at an unfair disadvantage, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

[news.yahoo.com...]

The top antitrust official at the Justice Department last month backed Microsoft Corp. by urging state prosecutors to reject a confidential complaint filed by Google Inc., The New York Times reported on Sunday.
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The top antitrust official at the Justice Department last month backed Microsoft Corp. by urging state prosecutors to reject a confidential complaint filed by Google Inc., The New York Times reported on Sunday.

Maybe the regulators learned their lesson in Department of Justic v. Microsoft. Lawrence Lessig, who was the "special master" in that case, now concedes that attempts at regulation may have been a mistake:

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10:47 pm on June 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

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Maybe the regulators learned their lesson in Department of Justic v. Microsoft.

the primary lesson learned from that case is that microsoft gets free public relations and advertising in the form of "free" (read promotional) software for schools provided by microsoft, which coincidentally provides a corporate workforce well-trained in microsoft based solutions at taxpayer expense.

 

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