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Google Inc, the world's leading search engine, said on Monday it was concerned about the free flow of information on the Internet if Microsoft Corp were to succeed in acquiring Yahoo Inc.
"We would be concerned by any kind of acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft," Chief Executive Eric Schmidt told reporters.
"We would hope that anything they did would be consistent with the openness of the Internet, but I doubt it would be."
Google Says Microsoft/Yahoo Deal Might Hurt The Internet [uk.reuters.com]
I think the FTC should approve this with conditions saying that MS has to have default support for high acid web standards.
Good luck on that though.
So, what exactly is Google concerned about? I would guess that with the purchase comes some information about Google that MSN doesn't have? Historical stuff that may have some impact on Google if MSN were to get their hands on it? I don't know.
I've just never pictured Google as a whiner and they sure are whining right now.
If you want the merger to be investigated then you have to at least raise an objection. I assume that is all that is happening here.
Microsoft has been shown to abuse any market they enter, the big business here may be messenger software as well as Silverlight. They could both be promoted to lock Firefox out of the web. Google has a big interest in the use of Firefox so they would be concerned about any bait and switch with Silverlight.
Microsoft has tried to own the web before through MSN so it would not be totally unheard of.
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the things that it has done that have been so difficult for everyone...there are things Microsoft could do that would be bad
I'm used to 'corporate-speak', but 'parent-to-child'-speak? ;)
The Google Code of Conduct is one of the ways we put "Don't be evil" into practice. It's built around the recognition that everything we do in connection with our work at Google will be, and should be, measured against the highest possible standards of ethical business conduct. We set the bar that high for practical as well as aspirational reasons: We hire great people who work hard to build great products, and it's essential that we build an environment of trust – among ourselves and with our users. That trust and mutual respect underlie our success, and we need to earn it every day.
They've been convicted and fined for similar things in the past, and there are no guarantees whatsoever they've changed their ways
They are probably quite confident that they are at the forefront of this technology and they are, but they will also be aware that there could be some genius around the corner with a better idea and perhaps a better way of doing this (please don't ask me what).
If this happened and the new system took off virally then they could disappear from the scene as quickly as they arrived.
It's just Eric being insecure. I don't think he speaks (well) for the company. I can't imagine Brin or Sergey saying something like that. Can you?
He would have been much better off to say nothing or make a statement of fact. How much market share Google has or whatever.
"If they do that, we'll release a new web broswer to replace Internet Explorer."
Schmidt's posture was entirely wrong--defensive, not offensive.