It's well understood that Google is
the world's most popular search engine. The company runs over one million data
centers and servers around the world, and is well known by computer users of
all levels from beginners to professionals. But as of late, this success is
being viewed as internet dominance by both the Federal Trade Commission and the
an American multinational public corporation that runs the world's most
successful search engine, and also owns the Android
operating system. The company is also involved in cloud computing and
advertising technologies. It was incorporated as a privately held company in
1998, with its initial public offering in 2004. The company has grown
tremendously over the years, and now processes over one billion search requests
Google is looking to expand its presence even more by purchasing ITA Software Inc.,
which is an airline ticketing software company. This transaction will cost
Google $700 million if it decides to go through with the purchase.
purchase could cost Google more than just the $700 million. According to recent
reports, the FTC is looking to launch an antitrust investigation of
Google's internet dominance, but the investigation will be pursued only if the
Justice Department decides whether it will challenge the ITA Software
and the Justice Department are not the only agencies looking into Google's web
dominance. Last November, the European Commission launched a
similar investigation, and last week, Microsoft filed a complaint with European
antitrust regulators because of Google's
and power over web search competition.
to Bloomberg, the Justice Department
is expected to announce its decision soon, but there is no set time or date at
quote: It sounds like you don't know what competition is. You say there will be competition when they stop being the best... do you have any idea the barrier to entry for the search market.
quote: The fact you don't understand how it's a market either is absurd, it's about ad revenue and leveraging the information that comes with serving the entire populations search requests. They're not giving it to you for free because they like you.
quote: When was the last time you tried any of the other search engines? Bing is much better than it used to be, I mainly use google but I will often search both if I'm trying to be thorough, I still find bing's image search to be better, and if I want to see satellite images I usually check both sites to see which is newer.
quote: Duh? Everything Google offers is free, or virtually, free to the consumer. That was my point. Nobody is being "hurt" if Google is the only show in town. Hello??
quote: and you know what, we don't WANT competition.
quote: This is just more anti-business bullyism by the government. Nothing more to see here.
quote: As long as they are delivering a better product that anyone else can even fathom (and they are), why do we need Government roadblocks? There is no "anti competitive" practice going on here, because there IS nobody who can compete and never has been.
quote: It's more about how Google is branching out into everything related to the Internet.
quote: Sounds a bit hypocritical to say you don't want competition in this industry and to then say the government is anti-business for starting to question Google's dominance over everything related to the Internet.
quote: So I obviously don't dislike some of the things they've done, but if they start buying all these companies and patents that pertain to the Internet, networking, and e-commerce, then how could anybody possibly come up with something else to compete with them?
quote: To summarize, Google so far has been a good company to deal with, but at what point does their reach into the realm of the Internet exceed what any single company should have?