by Mike Masnick
Thu, Oct 23rd 2008 7:08pm
As Google not-so-eagerly awaits the US Justice Department's word on whether or not it's violating antitrust laws, it appears that the fear of Google-as-a-monopoly is not just a domestic US issue. There are a bunch of headlines about how Russia's antitrust agency has rejected Google's purchase of an ad agency in that country. Technically, the claim is that Google didn't file the proper paperwork, but the agency made it clear that it's worried about Google becoming monopolistic. Of course, as with the Google-Yahoo deal, it's unclear what the "monopoly" is that's being dealt with here or how people are harmed. It seems like this might just be a general "must fear Google" position, than anything based on an actual problem.
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