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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-11 18:48
Only 14 short days until Google-Yahoo's September 25th deadline for DOJ to complete its review of their proposed advertising partnership...
Under section 16 of the redacted Google-Yahoo agreement submitted to the SEC, the companies gave the DOJ 105 days from June 12th -- that's September 25, 2008, to complete their antitrust review (Google-Yahoo can extend that review deadline if they choose to).
Past experience suggests Google won't back down easily if Justice challenges the agreement, given that Google routinely snubs its nose at U.S. governmental authority:
The Irresponsibility of Google's 'Publicacy' Mission -- claims another innocent bystander -- United AirlinesSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-11 16:44
Can you trust Google to responsibly exercise its power? Google's crusade to make all information accessible -- no matter what -- has indiscriminately mowed down another innocent bystander.
This latest UAL incident highlights a clear pattern of Google's 'publicacy' philosophy that any information Google can find, copy or photograph -- it should put immediately into the public domain whether it is accurate information, private unauthorized information, or information owned/copyrighted by others.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-09-08 13:26
Google, you have a problem. The verdict of your biggest customers is in -- and you've been found guilty of not pursuing your clients' best interests.
I have two big takeaways for you:
First Takeaway: Google clearly doesn't subscribe to the old adage -- the customer is always right. Google knows best and isn't afraid to tell most of its biggest customers they are wrong -- in public.
Rather than publicly respond to the anticipated ANA letter with respectful comments about how Google looks forward to better explaining how the ad pact will benefit Google's customers, Google essentially wagged their finger at their customers in public telling them they don't know what's best for themselves.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-09-05 16:10
ABC columnist Michael S. Malone used some real tough words to describe Google: 'amoral" (twice), 'sinister' (twice), 'Big Brother' (thrice), -- in his column: "Is Google turning into Big Brother?"
It's a worthwhile read for Googlephiles because it highlights some impotant information Google would like to brush under the rug.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-09-04 11:57
Google's dominance of the Internet's business model for monetizing content only grows.
As I read the article, I thought many involved in the FTC's investigation and subsequent 4-1 approval of the Google-DoubleClick merger must be getting awfully worried that they made a big mistake in not appropriately enforcing antitrust law last year when they had the opportunity.
If you want honey, don't kick the beehive! -- Google to DOJ: We're going ahead with Yahoo regardlessSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-09-03 11:21
Google is so arrogant it isn't even aware it is being arrogant.
Per a San Francisco Chronicle article:
Let's put this Google behavior into a little context.
DOJ antirust prosecutors are currently involved in a serious antitrust investigation of the Google-Yahoo online advertising partnership for potential Sherman Act collusion/price-fixing illegality.
Bottom line: Normal companies, who respect the rule of law and law enforcement authorities, understand the old adage that "if you want honey, don't kick the beehive."
Let me leave you with this analogy:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-08-19 11:32
Kudos to David Smith of the Gaurdian Observer for his outstanding piece on Google as it turns ten years old.
Some of my favorite insights from the piece are highlighted below:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-08-18 15:05
Does Google inherently favor its Google-owned applications over competitors in search results? The more one looks, the more it looks that way.
Saturday's New York Times article: "Some Media companies choose to profit from pirated YouTube clips" -- got me thinking about the anti-competitive nature of Google's increasing dominance of the process of locating copyrighted content online.
Additional evidence of Google's bias for its own content -- not a neutral search advertising platformSubmitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-08-15 18:00
GoogleBlogoscoped has flagged additional evidence that Google anti-competitively favors its own content over competitors in a good post: "Google allows itself a special ad."
The case builds...
Bottom line: How the DOJ ultimately rules on the Google-Yahoo ad partnership will tell us a lot about how much of the future online content economy Google will be allowed to de facto control.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2008-08-14 16:14
Does Google anti-competitively leverage its dominance in search to disadvantage its competitors, including Google's media competitors? New evidence suggests yes.
The evidence shows Google is not a neutral search engine or a neutral wholesaler of search services.
As I will show below: