Saw this earlier today in French, and couldn't find an English language version ( the French online magazine "le point" didn't cite the source of the story, they rarely do if they have read it on an English language site :(( not very ethical of them ) to post..thanks for posting the original story.. Will G try to "squash it"..definitely.. Will they succeed in stopping it..hopefully not.."wait and see" ..
As with legal action back in the day with Microsoft, it was/is the public perception and PR consequences that resulted in change. Money won't scare Google but PR threats most certainly will. From a corporate perspective they certainly have their house in order regarding what's important. Teflon.