Actually, it looks like it might just be anti-trust. No big whoop: the Bush Justice Department probably just wants to look like it’s doing something.
Google recently announced a deal with Yahoo! to provide advertisement on Yahoo!’s network, sharing the profits with the portal company. This deal, should it be put into action, would make Google the soul source of 80% of all Internet advertising revenue. That’s a fairly staggering figure that does make you wonder about the potential monopoly.
But what is genuinely amusing about all this is having Microsoft lawyers tsk-tsking over Google’s dominance in search and advertisement:
Microsoft also has objected to the deal, saying it would unfairly foreclose competition on the Web. In Senate hearings in July, Microsoft’s general counsel, Brad Smith, testified that “if search is the gateway to the Internet, and most people believe that it is, this deal will put Google in position to own that gateway and the information that flows through it.”
Well, now. Ain’t that rich? Basically, Microsoft objects to Google’s dominance primarily because they want to be the dominant company. If anybody should be sued for anti-trust, it should be Microsoft.