Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Google faces antitrust probe - The Boston Globe

I suspect it’s only a matter of time before Google’s generic description includes “convicted and regulated monopolist”

The issue could boil down to whether Google has a right to program its search engine the way it wants or whether it is abusing the market power it has accumulated.

This much is clear: Google’s own services consistently have ranked at or near the top of its search results. In some cases, there’s clear logic to the rankings because some of Google’s properties, including its mapping service and YouTube video site, are considered to be among the best and most authoritative.

But other Google services, such as finance and health, that are not as widely used or as well regarded also tend to get high rankings.

Google faces antitrust probe - The Boston Globe

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