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Google co-founder and multi-billionaire Sergey Brin has concerns about Microsoft’s unsolicited bid and proxy fight preparations to takeover Yahoo.

Though a Microsoft-Yahoo tie-up would still leave the combined company well behind Google’s share of the search engine market, the dramatic shift in ownership of the Internet’s most heavily trafficked portal sends tremors of terror through the Googleplex.

Look no farther than comments by Brin cited by CNN Money, from Google’s headquarters:

“The Internet has evolved from open standards, having a diversity of companies,” Brin told The Associated Press after the event. “And when you start to have companies that control the operating system, control the browsers, they really tie up the top Web sites, and can be used to manipulate stuff in various ways. I think that’s unnerving.”

Google’s top lawyer, David Drummond, made similar apocalyptic suggestions once the company got around to formally commenting on Microsoft’s unsolicited overture. “Could the acquisition of Yahoo! allow Microsoft — despite its legacy of serious legal and regulatory offenses — to extend unfair practices from browsers and operating systems to the Internet?”

Oh snap, as the saying goes.

Terrifying as a Microsoft-dominated Internet might be, we have to admit to a dangerous fascination with how exactly Microsoft would accomplish this. Dropping all of Yahoo’s and MSN’s content into a subscription-based walled garden? Charging emailers outside Yahoo and MSN to get into the inboxes at the respective webmail sites?

Can’t see it, really. Microsoft had its bad past, and they were very, very bad, not to mention a competent judge away from being broken up as well. But it doesn’t make sense for Microsoft to try any kind of power grab online as is being suggested.

Brin Feels The Fear Over Microsoft & Yahoo
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  • Guest

    yea Brin is just out to protect all of the rest of us. please! How self serving can you be

    • http://ActivitiesKauai.net Gary

      PROTECT US? LOL  Has anyone ever had their adsense pulled and not known why and had no explanation for it because Google is too busy to explain????

      They need to be ratcheted down several notches and I hope Microsoft can do it.

      Go MS!!!!

  • Zeth

    Call me moron if you want here but if Google is frightened, I am happy.  It can only be good for us users, marketers, etc.   Google needed this shake up.  They are very arrogant and want to own the world while being evil..  Not saying Microsoft is Mother theresa here but it was about time a good oponent would rise up to Google.  Google has abused its users way too much.  They are very arrogant and should be put down like a bad dog or their attitude adjusted.  Soon you’ll see many changes at Google and the abuse at a minimum.  Users will always win.  Thanks Microsoft! 

    Now we need Facebook to enter the game too which will make the arena even better for users. 

  • http://www.autoreverseweb.com souleye

     I don’t fantasize over Google. All corporations work to bring value to their shareholders. But you have to be blind comparing Google to Microsoft, in terms of ethical business. Microsoft in over 20 years has not contributed anything to advance computer technology, but have used predatory practices to muscle everyone else out of business and go after the dollar. Google is rich from introducing innovative technology. Microsoft is rich for dumping lame technology. But people still want more of it. I feel pity for them. I do not use anything Microsoft and I have done so for almost twenty years.

  • radames

    Anyone know what the "fight" is for. I use windows, but because of software conversion I can’t switch to linux, any distributon. So i’m in the situation to use windows even i don’ like this. I use Google, but before they appear on the internet i used, wigh good results, altavista.com ; So, now altavista and other search engines did not find the success "receipt" and I have to use Google. The world oh internet has more steps to do for the users, and not only the internet world, also the software producers, too.

  • http://www.dwaynecharrington.com Dwayne Charrington

    Competition is what inspires creativity and creativity is what creates momentum. I agree that Microsoft will take Google down a few steps and make it start listening to it’s users again, Google will always go for the option that better benefits it’s users.

    One has to think though, is Microsoft only going for Yahoo! because it is trying to beat Google? Or is it only trying to purchase a web service that people will actually use unlike it’s MSN search engine ahh.

    Even if Microsoft doesn’t end up purchasing Yahoo! I hope that Google has received their wake-up call.

    - Dwayne Charrington.

    http://www.dwaynecharrington.com

  • Jack

    I hope they could eat each other but they are too smart to do that. Thats bad. I’d be happy if they could killed themselfs.

  • tekwyzrd

    I have AT&T DSL service, which provides users with Yahoo mail rather than providing an AT&T branded email service. It is badly cluttered with text ads that are impossible to block without breaking the web based mail access.

    While this is an annoyance, it will only get worse if microsoft gains control. I use Linux, not windows. I don’t want more ads, or worse yet ads for microsoft, integrated into a mail service that is provided as part of an internet service i PAY for. I DEFINITELY don’t want the ad revenues going to microsoft.

    Even more important, I don’t trust microsoft. I don’t want them involved IN ANY WAY with my email service.

  • R2D2

    Google? Evil? Google abused it’s users? Be serious man, go to google mail, and you’ll see it’s completly free. Check their mail service and you’ll see thei’re offering free pop/smtp access, unlike yahoo.com and unlike live.com. The only otheer mail service allowing that is yahoo.co.uk. MSN, does has good mail service, and it’s new interface works better for me than yahoo’s beta. I see good things comming from yahoo merging with microsoft.I doubght you’ll have to pay for your web-mail service. That would destroy them, and it would let google rule the market.

  • http://www.hemroidshelp.com hemroids

    As always, Google finds a way to prevent and destroy mergers and partnerships. Part of it is simply smart business. The other half comes down to the big boy at school leveraging everything he can to keep his position.

    Unfortunately with Google.com there is no room for other search engines or alt engines. Google seems to swallow up and buy out as many companies as it can that leverage its’ ability to keep control of online search.

  • http://www.crbuses.com used buses

    This is an interesting stance Google takes. How can Microsoft and Yahoo not play hair against a very monopolous search engine. Google has now partnered in providing Yahoo search results, so unfortunately they have now taken another big piece of the pie, in part, due to MS ineptness to get the deal done.

  • Guest
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    Brin  has nothing to worry about, since MSN has a difficult time getting anything substantial together in the online search field

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    The whole thing is a big mess. All of the businesses are in it for money, position and leverage, so unfortunately it is unlikely that the end user will significantly suffer from it.

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    This is old news. Never know which SE is going to goto bed with another nowadays, I am sure there are tons of backdoor deals being done that we are not aware of.

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    It’s truly difficult to feel bad for any of the three majors, since they make such massive amounts of money.

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