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Google doesn't like Microsoft's bid for Yahoo

Flickr: candescenceGoogle's David Drummond adds his two cents on the Microsoft proposal to acquire Yahoo, and well, let's say he's not too pleased about the situation. He raises the issue that the Internet was founded on "openness and innovation" and worries that this "hostile" maneuver by Microsoft may be an attempt to close the Internet in a way similar to how Microsoft has exerted its influence in the PC market in the past.

In particular, he points out that Microsoft and Yahoo combined have a large share of the web-based email and IM market, and that if the deal goes through Microsoft may try to limit users from using competitor's services. Which granted, may be something that Google would have had to worry about back in, say, 1998, but does it really have to now?

Interestingly enough, Microsoft feels the same way - stating that Google already gets most of the world's paid search revenues and therefore thinks that in order to create an upset, combining forces with Yahoo is the only way to increase competition on the online marketplace.

It may be that this is payback for all the fuss Microsoft made about Google's acquisition of DoubleClick, or just a nice way for Google to align itself with all that is open, good, and innovative, while framing Microsoft as a dark force that will cast a shadow over the world with its monopolistic claws. But, like the folks over at Silicon Alley Insider said, the chances that Microsoft will establish a monopoly online or anywhere else is highly unlikely (Apple, Linux, um, Google?).

Ultimately, for the end user, this is going to be a good game to watch as the industry big shots continue to step on each other's toes. Worst case scenario, we get some more applications and services as a result of these companies wrestling for market share.

[via Silicon Alley Insider]

Tags: acquisition, google, microsoft, monopoly, yahoo

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