While Google focuses its efforts to prevent us using its name as a verb–as in, I “googled” their company–it might find that we start using “google” in place of “hypocrite.”
Because, Google has just posted an official statement on the Microsoft bid for Yahoo, on its official blog. In its response, Google’s David Drummond has the audacity to suggest that we should all be concerned about the potential for Microsoft to monopolize the internet.
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.
Could the acquisition of Yahoo! allow Microsoft — despite its legacy of serious legal and regulatory offenses — to extend unfair practices from browsers and operating systems to the Internet? In addition, Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts. And between them, the two companies operate the two most heavily trafficked portals on the Internet. Could a combination of the two take advantage of a PC software monopoly to unfairly limit the ability of consumers to freely access competitors’ email, IM, and web-based services? Policymakers around the world need to ask these questions — and consumers deserve satisfying answers.
That statement came from a company that has a 65+% share of the search engine space, is undermining Microsoft with its free online office suite, and has aspirations to take over radio and TV advertising.
I’m a big fan of Google, but c’mon guys. Your statement smacks of hypocrisy. Your veiled attempt to hide your fears in the name of “the interests of Internet users” is laughable.
Google’s the biggest monopoly on the planet. Us “internet users” don’t need one Big Brother to protect us from another.
What do you think? Is Google a hypocrite or is it really looking after our best interests?