Monday, April 16, 2007

And there it is. Microsoft complains about Google being anti-competitive.

Things can change quickly. What was a crazy prediction a few years ago, just happened. Which of today's little startups will be the target of anti-trust complaints in a few years?

From today's nyt:
Microsoft, a veteran defendant of epic antitrust battles in the United States and Europe, is urging regulators to consider scuttling Google's plan to buy DoubleClick, an online advertising company.

Microsoft contends that the $3.1 billion deal, announced on Friday, would hurt competition in the fast-growing market for advertising on the Web and raises questions about how much personal information would be collected by Google, already a dominant player in online advertising.

Bradford L. Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said in an interview yesterday that Google's purchase of DoubleClick would combine the two largest online advertising distributors and thus "substantially reduce competition in the advertising market on the Web."

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