Linked by HAL2001 on Tue 30th Nov 2010 23:49 UTC
Google The European Commission has decided to open an antitrust investigation into allegations that Google has abused a dominant position in online search, in violation of European Union rules. The Commission will investigate whether Google has abused a dominant market position in online search by allegedly lowering the ranking of unpaid search results of competing services which are specialized in providing users with specific online content such as price comparisons (so-called vertical search services) and by according preferential placement to the results of its own vertical search services in order to shut out competing services.
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Say whaaaa?
by thebackwash on Wed 1st Dec 2010 03:44 UTC
thebackwash
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I'm kind of at a loss for the reasons behind this investigation. I could understand if the internet were the only way to receive information, we'd have reason to be freaked out, but what the allegations are is that Google is doing something like printing a full-page ad for customers that pay more, and a half-page ad for customers that pay less. This is not about disallowing competitors ads on their service, or charging differential pricing which would lock them out, or even coming out with new free products to undercut any new markets. It's simply about paying to receive value for a service, and paying more to receive more, which is at the heart of any capitalist economy.

tl;dr: The EU needs to do more than playing to whatever political low-hanging fruit there might be at any given time.

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