quote: It's unlikely Google can make much of a case to block the merger. Google is the majority leader in the internet market compared to Microsoft or Yahoo. I don't see how they can claim Monopoly here and make the case in a court of law.
quote: With M$ already having been declared a monopoly by the law courts, its not a far shot for Google to block this.
quote: Even w/o that, there are lots of grounds legally (in the US at least) by which Google could win, and thats mainly b/c M$ is attempting to buy a direct competitor, while Google is not.
quote: First off, cut out the M$ stuff. Your not doing yourself any favors.
quote: Not trying to sing Microsoft's praises by any means, but the company is obviously active as opposed to declining, imo.
quote: and phases out the need for an OS and its Applications
quote: and as the computer market shifts more towards the internet apps
quote: A combined Microsoft and Yahoo also is unlikely to be pushed around by Google
quote: Unlike the OS and productivity suite software markets, correct?
quote: Therefore the "de-facto" standards that arose around Windows and Office have been a huge benefit to businesses and end users. Monopolies sometimes do have some benefits...
quote: While a Microsoft-Yahoo merger would represent a significant boost to Microsoft's power, it could also bring serious legal woes for both companies. With a hostile legal environment in the U.S. and abroad, and pressure from Google sure to be strongly applied, the real test may not be whether Yahoo accepts Microsoft's offer, but rather whether the accepted offer can survive international antitrust courts.
quote: He adds the provocative question, "Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC? While the Internet rewards competitive innovation, Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies -- and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets."