Thursday, May 22, 2008

Google Says It Will Defend Competitive Rationale of a Yahoo Deal - New York Times

A timely reality check -- see the full article for details

The printer industry, they [People involved in shaping Google’s approach] say, is a perfect example. Canon supplies printer engines to about 80 percent of the laser printer market, including its rival Hewlett-Packard. They point to many others, including Whirlpool’s making appliances for Sears, AT&T’s licensing its mobile network to Virgin Atlantic and other small carriers, Toyota’s selling hybrid engines to General Motors and Microsoft’s tailoring its Office software for Apple computers.

But some antitrust experts say the planned partnership does raise concerns. Whether this pact is completed or not, they add, it points to the kind of antitrust issues that will increasingly surround Google as a dominant company in the Internet economy, which can quickly magnify the market power of corporate winners.

Google Says It Will Defend Competitive Rationale of a Yahoo Deal - New York Times

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