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Google "Google must do more to allay concerns that it is blocking competitors in web search results, the EU's antitrust chief said on Wednesday, after rivals criticized concessions it has offered as being inadequate."
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Funny
by WorknMan on Wed 17th Jul 2013 17:44 UTC
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2005-11-13

It's interesting that these corporations seem to be all about free market capitalism, until they start getting their asses handed to them by the competition, then they go whining to the government about how the competition isn't playing fair.

I'm not aware that Google broke any laws to obtain their market dominance in search, or that they have a monopoly on search either, with options like Bing being freely available. So what the hell are MS and others complaining about?

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RE: Funny
by bentoo on Wed 17th Jul 2013 19:01 in reply to "Funny"
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2012-09-21

...or that they have a monopoly on search either, with options like Bing being freely available. So what the hell are MS and others complaining about?


New definition of monopoly that the EU created to extort money out of Microsoft and others. Recall, other web browsers were "freely available" back then too. So what the hell were Opera and others complaining about?

Edited 2013-07-17 19:02 UTC

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RE[2]: Funny
by WorknMan on Wed 17th Jul 2013 22:55 in reply to "RE: Funny"
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2005-11-13

Recall, other web browsers were "freely available" back then too. So what the hell were Opera and others complaining about?


Yeah, I kinda felt the same way back then. I think there was a justification for legal action against MS when they started bullying OEMs into not selling PCs with compatible operating systems. But the IE bundling? Whatever.

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RE[2]: Funny
by zima on Wed 24th Jul 2013 23:38 in reply to "RE: Funny"
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2005-07-06

New definition of monopoly that the EU created to extort money out of Microsoft and others. Recall, other web browsers were "freely available" back then too. So what the hell were Opera and others complaining about?

It was never about monopolies, those are not illegal. Abusing market position is a problem, and FYI the EU fines mostly European companies (you just don't hear about it so much on the web)

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RE: Funny
by avgalen on Thu 18th Jul 2013 13:50 in reply to "Funny"
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2010-09-23

MS and others are complaining about this: "At the time, the EC found four areas of abuse. Google artificially gave its own services preferential treatment in search results, harming competitors. Google stole content from competing services and presented it unattributed in its own results. Google forced advertisers to use its advertising services, shutting out competitors. And Google prevented advertisers from moving from Google to competing ad services."

source is a pretty good article on http://windowsitpro.com/paul-thurrotts-wininfo/eu-demands-more-conc...

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RE[2]: Funny
by Soulbender on Fri 19th Jul 2013 01:15 in reply to "RE: Funny"
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2005-08-18

Google forced advertisers to use its advertising services


Uh, how would they force anyone to use their services?

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RE: Funny
by Stephen! on Thu 18th Jul 2013 13:56 in reply to "Funny"
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2007-11-24

they go whining to the government about how the competition isn't playing fair.


Microsoft seems to imply that Bing is inferior, anyway. They tried selling it to Facebook. If it was one of their prized IP, why would they be trying to get rid of it?

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