quote: who cares?
quote: Would it be good if Google uses it's vast search footprint to drive out of business alternative purveyors of data services?
quote: 3) EU wants money and they will get it, if not from Google then from another successful company.
quote: Just because they give software and services away for free, isn't always in everyone's best interest.
quote: 1 sentence and you have it all wrong. Google is a software company. They make great software and give most of it away for free making money from ads, placement, etc. That is not an advertising company
quote: 1) Google is a huge and self sustaining ecosystem.2) Ecosystems survive due to circular and sustaining demand (i.e. we need them and they need us).3) EU wants money and they will get it, if not from Google than from another successful company. I bet they are just salivating over the possibilities right now.4) Losers hate the winners which is why so many search companies hate Google. When the tables turn their tune will change.5) It is more profitable to litigate than it is to compete in an open market. (i.e. the system is broken in this respect).6) Google doesn't FORCE data out of anyone. Simple META tags setting ROBOTS correctly will stop Google and many other search engines from indexing your site.7) We have all known how Google works and it's smart business. Since when did smart business become so smart that it has mutated into "anti-competitive" and need to be shot down? This seems like a great mentality to destroy every successful company and support stupid business practices. I say, survival of the fittest and smartest not the stupidest, laziest, and most litigious.8)
quote: So a company that makes all it's money from advertising, a company whose only paying customers are buyers of advertising, is not an advertising company?
quote: I would be very curious as to where this "fine" money would go?