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Google's possible purchase of ITA Software Inc. may lead to an antitrust investigation

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 Justice Department. 

Google is 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 per day. 

Now, 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. 

But this 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 purchase. 

The FTC 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 growing presence and power over web search competition. 

According to Bloomberg, the Justice Department is expected to announce its decision soon, but there is no set time or date at this point. 



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RE: What Competition?
By JakLee on 4/5/2011 4:44:23 PM , Rating: 3
This reminds me of AOL back in the 90's. They WERE the internet for most people. Part of the reason that they were so popular intially was that they did things better than everyone else, until one day, they didn't.

That isn't to say that there was not other solutions, even providers that were better when they were doing very well. As long as Google continues to have services that people find useful to use, they will continue to use them. If they ever do switch to something where it is "better" for people to not use them (whether that is ease of use, features, anger at company decisions, ect), then someone else will come along that takes their place.

Google does store lots of information about users. That information is powerful when used. I don't mind the gov making sure they are using it "appropriately".


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