Google, FairSearch Play Tug-Of-War With Analyst’s Comments

Selective quotes alter outlook on ITA deal

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Neither Google nor the FairSearch coalition is close to backing down when it comes to the search giant’s proposed acquisition of ITA Software.  Today, Google attempted to highlight an analyst’s comments in support of the deal, and FairSearch fired right back by stressing the same analyst’s doubts.

This scrap revolves around what Henry Harteveldt, Vice President of Forrester Research, said during an interview with CNBC’s Erin Burnett.  We’ll start off with a quote that came about halfway through the interview: "I wouldn’t necessarily say that there’s any one group that’s right or wrong."

However, Google would like everyone to know that Harteveldet also said, "In the end, Google has made a legitimate and fair claim to buy ITA Software, and I think there’s a little bit of sour grapes on the part of some of the companies that are not the companies buying ITA."

FairSearch, for its part, prefers this quote: "The online travel companies have some legitimate concerns.  They want to make sure that their data will be kept confidential, that Google won’t observe anything that they shouldn’t . . . and use that for their gain, and they also want to make sure that they have the right, if they choose to continue relationships with ITA . . . to do so and at a fair price."

Feel free to call the dispute’s winner (or declare the whole thing a draw) in the comments section.


Google, FairSearch Play Tug-Of-War With Analyst’s Comments
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  • http://www.skoosh.com Dorian Harris

    What do we know about Google?

    – It has made the internet what is it today
    – It has attained supremacy simply by being the best
    – It doesn’t rig its results for anyone

    What do we know about Expedia?

    – It has just paid out for cheating N.Y.C. out of taxes
    – It precludes partners which don’t abide by its rules which are only in its own interests
    – It has an ongoing commitment to a lack of transparency

    Frankly, if Google owned the entire infrastructure behind the web it wouldn’t concern me. Expedia on the other hand…

  • Sue Google

    Google creates CYBER STALKING, FAKE SLANDER SEARCH RESULTS (that they wont remove), THIRD PARTY FILTH LINKS IN SEARCH RESULTS maybe created by Google Employees to HARASS VALID COMPLAINTS, INVASION OF PRIVACY and RIP OFF OF FAKE ADWORDS ACCOUNTS. Yahoo, Bing etc does not do this. Google is Evil. Sue Google people.

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