Is Google Antitrust Investigation Simply A Repeat Of Wasteful Microsoft Antitrust Effort?

from the seems-like-it dept

I haven't written anything about the ongoing FTC investigation of Google, because the details are still a bit iffy, but Charlotte Kiang points us to a piece she wrote up comparing the investigation of Google to the similar antitrust legal fight against Microsoft a little over a decade ago. In that case, the evidence of Microsoft's "predatory" practices seemed a hell of a lot stronger than anything against Google, but the key point that the article makes is that in the rapidly changing tech world, what may seem like a dominant position is pretty difficult to keep in the marketplace. For example, the crux of the government's argument against Microsoft was in how it offered up Internet Explorer bundled with Windows, and that was somehow unfair. And yet, the failure of Microsoft to invest much in IE for years resulted in Firefox, Chrome and Safari taking away significant market share, simply by competing. While I understand the political pressure against Google, I'm at a loss to see how its actions have harmed consumers, and it's nice to see some others pointing that out.
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    Anonymous Coward, 2 Aug 2011 @ 10:09am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Comparing two very different things

    Yea I noticed that when I got into some specific hobbies and started getting ads I never saw before and wouldn't expect to be so specific. Even when I log into my machine at work I still get the same ads although I don't look at hobby stuff at work. I think because I use gmail on both machines

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