The EU eyes up Google, Microsoft giggles a bit

The EU eyes up Google, Microsoft giggles a bit

Summary: The European Union is taking a hard look at Google after some complaints were filed last week. It turns out Microsoft was behind some of these which triggered an investigation -- that's really not a surprise, however, as Microsoft puts it in their official response to the action.

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The European Union is taking a hard look at Google after some complaints were filed last week. It turns out Microsoft was behind some of these which triggered an investigation -- that's really not a surprise, however, as Microsoft puts it in their official response to the action.

Complaints in competition law cases usually come from competitors. (Believe me, I know: I’ve been chief competition counsel at Microsoft since 1994, so I’ve seen plenty of competitor complaints. Novell, when current Google CEO Eric Schmidt was at the helm, was never hesitant about complaining to regulators about Microsoft. Google hasn’t been shy about raising antitrust concerns about Microsoft in the last few years, either.) -- Microsoft

In addition to complaints about Google's ad network and Google Book Search, the EU is also eyeing up Street View images. They say that Google should be required to inform people in advance before they send vehicles out to take pictures in their cities, and that Google should be required to delete unblurred photos within 6 months rather than 1 year as it stands right now.

If things go Microsoft's way, they can no longer be referenced as a "convicted monopoly" by Google without Google sounding really hypocritical.

Topics: Microsoft, Google, Government, Government UK

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  • Power corrupts

    Absolute power corrupts absolutely.

    Google is turning Evil! Or is it turning crazy?

    What goes around, comes around. Serves them right!

    That said, I really like both Google and Microsoft as companies, that have IMHO made positive differences and contributions to humanity.

    I find it weird we have to contend with crazy, flamboyant, megalomaniac, narcissistic individuals such as Larry Ellison, Steve Jobs, and Eric Schmidt (and others) wannabees...

    [i]~~~~~~~~~~~
    A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.
    ~ Lao Tzu[/i]

    Um, where's Bill Gates? ;)
    WinTard
  • RE: The EU eyes up Google, Microsoft giggles a bit

    What is next, will the EU ban tourists walking in public with a camera unless they hand out release waivers? will it become illegal to look people in the eye while walking in the EU, for fear of photographic memory.
    fxrsliberty
  • But, Google *wants* to be a monopoly!

    They want to be your everything for the Internet. The whole Google Books issue, ChromeOS... No if ands or buts, you are forced to use their Cloud.... Etc...
    The one and only, Cylon Centurion
  • RE: The EU eyes up Google, Microsoft giggles a bit

    A little monopoly is Okay.

    Ego Mania might be the halmark of creativity and confidence. How many ordinary folks have ever brought us World-Class game changing products?

    Now that I think about it, how many none me-too products come out of the EU?
    paulbee
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    • Microsoft needs to prove material harm

      Aren't the searches free? So who cares if somebody else gets in on it.
      Microsoft can't complain about Google being closed because Google
      isn't a platform and the service costs nobody anything.

      Are they missing ad revenues? Stop, let me wipe away my tears.

      I can't see how they can win anything as no harm is coming to
      consumers.

      Microsoft needs to stop whining and compete. If they want Bing to
      win then they need to change people's habits and views.

      They need to take a page out of Apple's playbook and draw people
      away from Google with an alternative service offering rather than
      whine because Googe's free product doesn't let them make any ad
      money.

      Microsoft has got to stop resting on its laurels, invest and win.

      I've tried Bing a couple of times. Let them pay Apple to have Bing as
      my default serach engine in Safari and they might get my business. It
      seems like a decent search engine, but they have to win me over some
      other way other than whining.
      mlindl
  • Ballmer = Jabba the Hutt

    The likeness is astonishing, as is the similarity of his methods. As Wiki says...

    [i]He is a... crime lord and gangster who employs a retinue of criminals, bounty hunters, smugglers, assassins, and bodyguards to operate his criminal empire[/i]
    Don Collins