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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-05-14 12:54
It is getting harder and harder for Google to continue to pretend to be the little vulnerable upstart -- Google is now the dominant incumbent in search and increasingly the market power in online advertising.
The numbers in Silicon Insider's analysis are quite compelling.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2008-05-13 12:04
Kudos to Richard Waters of FT for his insightful analysis "Google triumphant."
Let me highlight some key takeaways:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-05-12 11:55
The American Consumer Intstitute just put out a good consumergram on: the DOJ investigation of the Google-Yahoo deal and asks if the search market has reached a tipping point.
As I explained in detail in my Googleopoly analysis, the search market has already tipped to Google and the Google-DoubleClick merger was a tipping point to enable Google to extend its market power in search advertising to display and online advertising as well.
As I explained the stakes of lax antitrust enforcement in my Senate Judiciary testimony:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-05-12 11:01
Found a smoking gun on how Google's conflict of interests actually hurts Google users, which I explain later in this post.
Google knows there are "potentially harmful sites that make Google users more vulnerable to spammers or scammers. I have suggested before that they could easily warn users of the danger from specific results with warnings on search result pages.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-05-09 12:59
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2008-05-05 23:00
A consistent theme in my ongoing analysis of Google, has been Google's corporate refusal to overtly disclose the fundamental financial conflict of interest inherent in their business model, i.e that Google does not work for users like they routinely claim, but for advertisers and publishers.
Interestingly, it appears I am not the only one concerned that Google's advertising-based search model has a serious inherent conflict of interest.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Sun, 2008-05-04 19:03
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2008-05-02 12:34
Interested observers in the Microsoft-Yahoo-Google-AOL-Ask.com-MySpace incestuous soap opera called search advertising, would be wise to bone up on the fine line between acceptable industry collaboration and illegal collusion, if recent reports prove true.
The fine line between collaboration and collusion.
First, while many may be aware that a Google-Yahoo outsourcing deal "would likely attract intense antitrust scrutiny" there is precious little analysis on this linchpin issue -- hence the genesis of this piece.
I believe the pattern of Google becoming the outsourced search engine for most all of the Internet -- save for a few properties -- is one of the most important and least understood competitive Internet issues.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-30 17:40
CNBC's Maria Bartaromo had a rare in-depth TV interview with Google CEO Eric Schmidt.
The comments that have relevance to net neutrality were how Google's CEO, one of the biggest proponent for Net Neutrality legislation of broadband networks in the world, candidly admitted that all customers were not alike; that they have different needs; and that Google plans to charge those who want higher quality of service -- more money.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2008-04-30 13:57
Google deserves some bona fide kudos from me for blogging yesterday with some very sound and practical advice about how their users or anyone who reads their blog - could avoid getting hooked/scammed by fraudsters.
However, I was surprised that they did not choose to link to other sites in and out of government that could also be useful to consumers looking to protect themselves better.
I was also surprised it took a month for Google to say anything about how users could better protect themselves from new fraud scams that were exploiting weaknesses in Google's search engine protections so that Google was unwittingly offering up scam pages as part of their search results.