Antitrust Drumbeat Grows Louder Against Google
from the the-downside-to-success dept
Regardless of whether the DOJ decides to intervene in Google's acquisition of DoubleClick, as Microsoft would like to see, it's clear that the company continues to come under heavy antitrust scrutiny, if not from the government then from competitors and the media. The Washington Post's Steven Pearlstein argues that the government should block the deal because the company is getting too powerful. However, he doesn't really explain why he thinks that the company is now too powerful and needs to be restrained. Instead, he ends his column by stating (as if it were an accepted fact) that the DOJ's case against Microsoft is what gave rise to Google, and that if the government did the same to Google now, the next Google might be allowed to rise up. Except, it's not at all clear what the case against Microsoft had to do with the rise of Google. Up until recently, Google wasn't even competing against Microsoft's core business. If, say, Linux had exploded over the last few years that same way Google has, then you might be able to point to actions taken against Microsoft for an explanation. Unless Google's opponents can demonstrate that the company is actually abusing its position to the detriment of the broader market and consumers, all of these antitrust complaints will be pretty flimsy.