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Eric Schmidt says his company is naturally controversial, but that its top priority is giving its customers the best product at any cost.  (Source: Reuters)

Among Google's biggest enemies now are the Chinese government and Apple, Inc.  (Source: Boy Genius Report)
Google isn't afraid to stir the pot

Eric Schmidt knows very well that Google is no stranger to controversy.  In a talk with reporters at Google's headquarters, he responded to a question about Google's strengths and weaknesses, stating, "Every government sort of has some group that's busy trying to figure out what we're up to. Because information is power.  We're quite disruptive, and in the course of that disruption we tend to create enemies, which are hopefully not intended on our part."

Google, is among the most powerful companies in America today, yet it has numerous enemies.  Among those "enemies" include the world's largest nation, China.

The EU and the U.S., while supportive of Google's stand against China, have taken a wary eye to Google's growing marketshare.  The United States Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating Google and trying to figure out whether its acquisition of AdMob for $750M USD will hurt competition.

The California company also has corporate enemies.  Among the most powerful is Apple, which has begun suing handset makers of Google's Android smart phones over violations of iPhone related patents.  Apple also plans to challenge Google in mobile advertising market, announcing the inclusion of in-app ads in the coming iPhone OS 4.0.  And there's some rumors Apple will even launch its own search engine in the next few years.

Still Google continues to find tremendous success in a variety of new areas.  Among Google's more recent conquests is paid productivity software (à la Microsoft Office).  Google has for some time now offered free versions of its productivity software to the public online.  Now it is selling enhanced versions of the software to the company.  

It charges $50 per user per year for access to all its professional apps, including word processing and Gmail.  Currently the company has racked up a couple million subscribers.  And it's adding 3,000 new ones a day.

Still, Google's core business and biggest source of controversy remains its use of search and data mining to deliver smarter ads to consumers.  That business earns Google most of $24B USD in revenue it made last year.



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By dflynchimp on 4/13/2010 12:00:16 PM , Rating: 2
That picture of the SinoApple flag had me rolling.

Yes, please listen to what Chairman Jobz has to say. His word is the law for all you iFolks who's duty it is to bear unquestioning faith in his wisdom and continue supporting the state of Apple either ignorant of its idea suppression or willing to live with sub-par overinflated products whose aesthetic magicality can at any time substitute for a mini fusion reactor when it is allowed to gather energy from the sun while sitting out in the open.

As to government censoring of Google, we all saw it coming, but frankly, I'm disappointed in their approach.
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The United States Federal Trade Commission is currently investigating Google and trying to figure out whether its acquisition of AdMob for $750M USD will hurt competition.


Okay, first off, all aspects of a successful business should be establishing field superiority through better service or feature set than the competition. Google purchasing AdMob fits this description. Indirectly, performing well or improving performance in this sector is going to "hurt" the competition, but unless Google is indulging in the anti-competitive practices like Apple seems to love so much, then the FCC doesn't really have much of a case here.




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