Google's Chief Counsel Speaks Out on the Microsoft/Yahoo Marriage Proposal

Monday, January 4, 2010 , Posted by Johnny Fuery at 1:38 AM

Originally Published 2008-02-04 22:27:59

If you've been living under a rock for the past few days and somehow don't know about the proposed takeover Microsoft placed on the proverbial table to buy Yahoo last Friday (I was in bed with a fever for the last five days, and even I knew about it), here's a quick catch-up.

I caught a posting from the google blog earlier today that Google's legal big shot posted on the topic. In short, he basically says that the internet is fun place, it's fun because it's based on open standards, google's all about open standards, and Microsoft is bad mmmmmmKay. Actually, you can skip all the prefacing. He's pretty bold with the damning rhetorical questions, asking "Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC?" (You can read the full article here.)

Now, I like Google as much as the next guy, and I had fun beating up on Microsoft in the late 90s, too, even as jumped up a socioeconomic quintile by servicing Microsoft products. But the notion that poor little Google is worried about big, bad Microsoft coming in and peeing in the collective bowl of Cheerios is a pretty big stretch, even if Google really could claim that it has never done any evil (Can it?). Google has $15 billion in cash, a market cap of $150 billion or so, and commands between 56% and over 77% of the internet search marketplace depending on who you ask. Oh, and if that weren't enough, what verb do you use every day to describe the action of performing a text-based search on the internet?

No, sorry Google, but as much as I respect every single person I know that collects a paycheck from you (damn that's impressive), as much as I trust the details of my life to you (email, desktop search, docs... oh wow do I feel vulnerable now), and as little as I use any of those other search engines, I'm gonna have to go ahead and side with Mr. Ballmer on this one.

Someone needs to check Google's power. No matter how good your king is, there is something inherently questionable about monarchy isn't there? Unbridled, unchecked power, even if laced with good intentions, even if executed extraordinarily well, even if absolutely magnanimous, is very, very dangerous. Kings have spoiled kids. And corporations have to answer to finicky shareholders. It's not right when the president consolidates power away from the people, and it's not right when any one single company has the power to control the internet.

And if Microsoft can't become a worth competitor, I'm not sure who can. So, c'mon, Redmond! Get your act together, harness Jerry and the Yahoo boys, and start releasing some great products! You've got a lot of catching up to do...

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On 2008-02-05 00:05:34 Claim Blog » Blog Archive » Google’s Chief Counsel Speaks Out on the Microsoft/Yahoo Marriage Proposal said:
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On 2008-02-05 04:48:54 0% credit line said:
there's so much commotion over this stuff. and yes, google cant entirely claim that it hasnt done ANY evil. its a cut throat marketing world out there. and with yahoo and microsoft together... lets see how the competition works! its gonna be thougher but i'll produce better products or so i hope..

On 2008-02-06 11:43:41 property sale said:
Every one seems to thing Microsoft and Yahoo will be some kind of great Google killer. Wake up folks, any mega corp has too much baggage to really give a crap about the little people. No mater how the sale turns out you and I will be screwed in some manner.

On 2008-02-07 17:59:32 old tech stuff said:
i really wonder whats gonna happen..

On 2008-02-11 03:32:55 AntiVirus said:
i don't think yahoo and MS should combine together

they are just too huge and with the price tag, it's pretty hard to get back the money that was invested

On 2008-02-11 12:26:48 Record Retention said:
i dont even know how google even got so big... i think its because of the word 'google' and that its something easy to remember as well as fun to type in. i remember that being the case back in my high school days when i first started using search engines.

On 2008-02-14 03:40:32 Mourt said:
Agree with AntiVirus. Companies are too large to combine.Maybe they'll corporate against some other

On 2008-02-15 22:14:26 Philippine Web Design said:
Yahoo and MS are too large to combine, but if they i really wonder whats gonna happen..

On 2008-02-17 07:03:06 Den said:
That's gonn be huge. Mcrosoft is gonna rule the world

On 2008-02-19 02:17:19 Love Calculator said:
the proposal is off

din think it was a good offer though

44 billion will go to waste

thank god it din work out

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