Linked by Thom Holwerda on Wed 17th Jul 2013 17:11 UTC
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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RE: Funny
by bentoo on Wed 17th Jul 2013 19:01 UTC in reply to "Funny"
bentoo
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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[3]: Funny
by Alfman on Thu 18th Jul 2013 03:50 in reply to "RE[2]: Funny"
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2011-01-28

WorknMan,

That's not the whole story. If I recall microsoft went so far as to use their windows monopoly to prohibit OEMs from installing alternative browser software, which is where they crossed the line in that case. I suspect MS could have legally bundled IE if they hadn't banned OEMs from installing competing software at the same time. Consider the resolution in europe did not ban IE bundling but instead declared that other browsers would be bundled alongside IE.

Edited 2013-07-18 04:00 UTC

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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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