Thursday, February 25, 2010

FT.com / Technology - Ad chiefs welcome probe into Google search business

More on the Google European Commission context.  BTW if the Google lawyer quoted below ran a few search queries, she’d find that Microsoft does indeed share its source code with key partners, governments, and others.

However, Google executives said that any requirement to be more open about how the company’s systems worked would go beyond what European regulators have required in other cases and would be highly damaging.

“Even Microsoft was not required to open the source code of its operating system,” said Julia Holtz, Google’s senior competition counsel for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “If someone forced us to do that, it would destroy our product.”

She also denied that Google deliberately relegated competitors to a lower position in its search rankings. “It would not make sense to marginalize Foundem but not Amazon – Amazon is a much bigger risk to us,” she said.

FT.com / Technology - Ad chiefs welcome probe into Google search business

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