Monday, 21 May 2018

On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Secretary call for Google probe • The Register

On 20th anniversary of Microsoft antitrust, US Treasury Secretary call for Google probe • The Register: "So are we finally at the same point we were in 1998 when, after years of complaints about Microsoft abusing its market power, the authorities are finally willing to overcome their free-market bias and ignore the healthy campaign contributions to act on behalf of the American people?

 We will have to see, but it feels fairly similar right now. It is not the same of course: no one is forcing people to use Facebook, and, as Google is fond of saying, a competing search engine is just a click away. But at the same time, Facebook has its code on just about every major website, and Google pays companies billions of dollars to make sure it is the default search engine.

 Things change but that same sense of a company doing something obviously wrong because no one is in any position to stop is very much present.

When you have mainstream TV shows and cabinet secretaries chiming in, it may be a sign that the tide has turned.

Oh, and Google removed its "don't be evil" motto and philosophy from its website at some point in the past few weeks. Just saying."



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