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

    November 4, 2010

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.