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Google This. This is what we need. These are the kind of steps from which we all benefit. Google has just announced the Open Patent Non-Assertion Pledge: the company promises not to sue any users, distributors, or developers of open source products based on the patents it owns (unless first attacked).
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Bad guys - Google
by ano69 on Fri 29th Mar 2013 09:39 UTC
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I'm a small company owner (we're three partners and one employee), developing a software for Android (and iOS, soon WP8 too) which has small market, but enough to be important for our company. We're not getting enough money to be rich, but we sustain a almost normal living standard. Yesterday, Google announced a feature of a competing product (the offline translation in Google Translate) which directly hits our sales. No Evil? By using their sheer market size and subsidizing (offering) a free product directly competing with (not only) ours, we're going to take a huge hit.

The problem is that Google is already big enough to threaten almost any software company in the world... And when there is no more competition, all will suffer from high prices, limited choice and stalled development. Monopoly is bad.

And on top of that, they (Google) try to present themselves as a nice guys... I can't see them as nice guys, they are destroying business with alarmingly high rate. I hope that regulators (esp. in EU) will soon take a measures to regulate their shady business practices.

I'm not fen of either Apple or Microsoft, but they are much more mature companies which (somewhat) respect more the other people's business.

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