Google Says Microsoft, Yahoo Deal “Bad for the Internet”

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Google has expressed concern over the possible Microsoft acquisition of Yahoo.

Eric E. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google IncEric E. Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google Inc
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"We would be concerned by any kind of acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft," Google chief executive Eric Schmidt said at a conference in Beijing. Yahoo’s board rejected a bid by Microsoft to acquire Yahoo for $44.6 billion last month.

"We would hope that anything they did would be consistent with the openness of the Internet, but I doubt it would be," said Schmidt.

In 2004 the European Commission fined Microsoft $695 million (497 million euro) for abusing its market position, a case that the company lost on appeal in September of last year.

"We are concerned that there are things Microsoft could do that would be bad for the Internet," said Schmidt.

His comments mirror those of David Drummond, Google’s chief legal officer who has said before that any deal could have an "inappropriateinfluence" over the Internet. "This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It’s about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation," he said in a company blog earlier this month.

Earlier this month, Microsoft chief executive Steve Ballmer said the company would gain market share against Google in search and advertising, even if led to his " last breath" at the company.

Google Says Microsoft, Yahoo Deal “Bad for the Internet”
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  • http://www.nautical-gifts.us Guest

    terrible deal

  • Guest

    google wah wah wah. evil is as evil says. it would surprise me if they liked the deal. funny this rolls out after the doubleclick approval 

  • Guest

    It would seem that is exactly what Google is doing. Trying to influence the opinions of market inappropriately. With Google being by far the market leader (i.e. 50-60% of the market to themselves and growing everyday), and heading towards being a monopoly, I find it ironic that they are doing exactly what they condemn Microsoft for; having an unfair influence on the market, abusing market position, buying up assets and competing companies, and being a monopoly. The only way that Google will have a competitor and stop it from becoming a monopoly like Microsoft is in the operating system industry, is for companies with smaller market share to band together. I think the scare mongering would be valid if either Yahoo or MSN were higher in their market share (as individual companies). As it is the two companies combined do not add up to Google’s market share of 50-60%, (i.e. Yahoo 23%, MSN 10-13%, for a max total of 46%, assuming that there is no double up, which there is). So at the moment there is no real competition to Google and unless there is, Google will ironically become another "Microsoft". They will continue to "buy up" the internet and throw around statements about how unfair it would be if they had some competition.

  • http://www.bibokz.com Bibokz

    Give google a better competitors… I think this deal would be great.

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    I simply adore the way Google does business. They simply buy out everything even remotely related to the www, and have a massive share of the market including Youtube, GA and tons of other components. The other two engines are struggling to stay alive.

    Then they claim that a merger would be unfair? And then they turn around and partner with Yahoo after they claimed it was unfair, but do so in a way where noone (including Yahoo) is going to make a fuss, since Google does not have any stake in Y! search, only providing advertisers for Yahoo network.

    The hypocrisy here is stiffling.

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    I have a tough time with Google having any say in the merger of these two companies, since Google typically swallows up smaller companies in an attempt to own and archive everything on the planet.

    How can diversity and partnerships be a bad thing?

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    Well I don’t find anything wrong in Yahoo Microsoft deal afterall they will work together for the betterment of internet.I think Google has sensed that their No. 1 position is in danger that is why such ststements are emanating from Google………

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    Talk about hypocritical – Google slams the Yahoo / MSN partnership ideal, then goes ahead and partners with Yahoo themselves.

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    I love stories like this. Google tells everyone that partnership is bad, and then goes ahead and partners with Yahoo themselves.

    It is amazing that there isnt some type of board of operations who oversees decisions like this.

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    Sometimes the negotiations at a Corporate level sound more like the negotiations at the 7 year old level :)

  • Guest

    The company that has a monopoly on online advertising is crying about some competion. I think Schmidt and Google are bad for the Internet.

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