Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

Summary: Microsoft is planning to go to the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to make its case as to why the just-announced Google-Yahoo search deal is anticompetitive.

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Microsoft is planning to go to the Japanese Fair Trade Commission (FTC) to make its case as to why the just-announced Google-Yahoo search deal is anticompetitive.

I asked the Softies earlier this week whether they planned to do anything more than complain about the deal via a blog post, but was told there was nothing more to say at this time. On July 30, Silicon Alley's Business Insider blog cited an unnamed "Microsoft rep" saying the company planned to go to the FTC to attempt to block the deal.

Microsoft legal spokesman Jack Evans confirmed to me via e-mail that Microsoft will be going to the JFTC, but didn't share more about what form its complaint might take or when it might happen. Evans said, "Yes, we plan to provide information to JFTC about why we think this deal is more harmful even than the deal Google proposed with Yahoo in the US and Canada."

Microsoft already aired its views as to why it was against the Google-Yahoo partnership via a corporate blog post on July 28.  Google already obtained JFTC approval for the deal even before it was announced, according to the Microsoft post.

Microsoft has tangled with the JFTC in the past. Last decade, the JFTC investigated Microsoft for alleged anticompetitive business practices around its monopoly in the PC market.

Topics: Banking, Browser, Google, Microsoft, Social Enterprise

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Mary Jo has covered the tech industry for 30 years for a variety of publications and Web sites, and is a frequent guest on radio, TV and podcasts, speaking about all things Microsoft-related. She is the author of Microsoft 2.0: How Microsoft plans to stay relevant in the post-Gates era (John Wiley & Sons, 2008).

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  • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

    BUT..??????????? doesn;t MS have a search deal with yahoo aswell.....??? how is that nay different.?
    petem@...
    • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

      @petem@... Exactly what I was going to say....
      snoop0x7b
      • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

        @snoop0x7b Because Bing and Yahoo combine in not a monopoly.
        illegaloperation
    • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

      @petem@... <br>In Japan, Yahoo + Google = 99%<br>In the States, Yahoo + Bing = 36% (roughly)<br>See the difference?
      live.tiles
  • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

    Obviously, the Japanese laws are different from the USA laws. I'd be interested in seeing where this goes, but I doubt Microsoft will see any satisfactory resolution. I can't imagine the Google-Yahoo deal was made in a political/legal vacuum. Not a good thing for Bling in Japan, I gather.
    dvanderwerken
    • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

      @dvanderwerken - Agree, they also think our insider-trading laws are ridiculous, Nakasone never did understand what the fuss was about with the Lockheed Scandal: nothing has changed since. Microsoft should save its money...
      stevek@...
  • Aha! So Microsoft wants to acquire Yahoo, right?

    Very funny yet confusing...
    Grayson Peddie
  • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

    really Confusing :)

    http://www.twitterons.com/Sunny
    simplysunny
  • RE: Microsoft to go to Japanese FTC about Google-Yahoo deal

    Oh boo hoo, I guess MS is getting monopoly jealousy.
    hito_kiri
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