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Google prepares for antitrust hearing on Wednesday

By Jos
Sep 19, 2011
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  1. Google's executive chairman, Eric Schmidt will go before an antitrust Senate panel on Wednesday to testify against claims that the company is unfairly using its dominance to thwart competition, and…

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  2. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    The Senate is still held by the Democrats (believe it or not). But the media will play up on Republican dominance in matters such as this one. What Google executves fail to understand is that we live in an interconnected world. Many of the technologies that they rely on were either not developed by anyone even employed by Google, or have existed for at least twenty years.

    It wouldn't surprise me to learn that Google is unfairly using their money, power, and influence to shape the Internet. It also wouldn't surprise me to see them walk away scott-free. Although I like the Google search engine, I'm not real jazzed about most of Google's other ventures.

    I really wish that the people could just retake what belongs to us.
     
  3. You wanna know what hurts competition? Squelching entrepeneurism. You want to know what squelches entrepeneurism? Knowing that the government will tell you how to run things when you become successful.
     
  4. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 2,128   +731

    And what is that exactly?

    Do you think Google is any different from MS, Apple, Amazon, or any other major company? They all have teams of lawyers and teams of lobbyists helping them bend the laws as far as they can without getting sued by a competitor. Anti-trust litigation is a cost of doing business at that level, on both sides of the isle.

    The only true monopoly is the govt. If you dont' like google, try Bing. Dont' like the iPhone, try Andriod. Don't like the service at the DMV... well... sorry. You're gonna pay your convenience fee and like it.
     
  5. SammyJames

    SammyJames TS Enthusiast Posts: 168

    What it is that BELONGS to us?!

    Maybe all of that research money that got pumped into universities from 1960 until about 1991 or so. That belongs to us. WE paid for that with our tax dollars.

    Google wouldn't exist if Al Gore hadn't pushed congress to look into ARPANet, and how to turn it into a public-use technology. So screw all of you right-wing conservatives.

    Don't believe Wikipedia? Check the sources.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Al_Gore_invented_the_Internet
     
  6. gwailo247

    gwailo247 TechSpot Chancellor Posts: 2,105   +18

    Repeat a meme long enough and people will come to believe it.
     
  7. aj_the_kidd

    aj_the_kidd TS Rookie Posts: 555

    ... and I appreciate what Google and other companies around the world have been able to do with said research and how much free services and content companies like Google have provided US, all of US.
     
  8. YEAH! And don't forget that Al Gore also created the algorithm!
     
  9. To sammyjames:

    Man you will believe anything Al Gore says! I am sure if he told you crap was fudge you would eat it too.

    Why don't you do a little research? Maybe try Google, you know what that is, right?
     
  10. The problem here is software patents. As it allows any huge corporation with enough financial backing to pull a patent or several for a mere "idea" about software, not for an actual program, out of their arsenal and hit a smaller company or rival with it in an expensive legal process that the smaller operators cannot afford. This is what is currently giving the big players such as MS, Apple, Oracle and Google the power to create software monopolies.
     


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