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Continuing the antitrust theme, Google had more than just Siri to worry about -- which came as a by-product of Eric Schmidt's repeat performance during a Senate antitrust hearing.
Google is accused of 'cooking' search results to favour its own products over others, and continues to struggle to justify or even prove that the company is not. Also, because of its 65 percent marketshare, Schmidt continued to face questions over Google's dominance over the search and mobile market. According to comScore, Android controls around 34 percent of the U.S. market while Apple's iOS has just over 43 percent. Surely that would be enough to prove that it was not hogging the market?
Ultimately, the company has to remain seemingly in control and assertive, as well as competitive, without being seen to be overly competitive to the point where regulators start looking into the business practices of the company.
Long-time Google+ fan Robert Scoble blasted the company over its newly released brand pages, a feature that similarly resembles Pages on Facebook, allowing companies and businesses, public figures and the like to amass corporate followings.
While some of his comments were valid, Scoble does have one hell of a following that agrees with practically everything he says.
It was enough to dent Google for a day or two -- which is enough when it boils down to the nature of the web. Most things are short lived, but when a controversy kicks off, it ultimately gets turned up to eleven.
Google kicked BlackBerry users of Gmail in the teeth this month when it pulled the plug on its email mobile application.
Besides causing controversy amongst its BlackBerry using collective, it did seem to be a significant marker for the company. While they continue to integrate Gmail into BlackBerry devices natively, it was seen as Google's way of signing the BlackBerry death warrant amongst many end-user consumer customers.
But interestingly, the WSJ reported that Google's reasons for dropping the BlackBerry platform was to cosy up to its nearest rival, Apple. Talk about mixed messages...