New Antitrust Boss Has Already Expressed Concerns About Google

from the so-much-for-eric-schmidt's-relationship... dept

There have been some folks in the press who have repeatedly pointed out Google CEO Eric Schmidt's close relationship with President Obama to suggest that Google should be "protected" from government regulation. However, there's little to suggest that's necessarily the case. Plenty of folks who feel strongly anti-Google have close relationships with the administration as well. And, as Bloomberg notes, Obama's nominee for antitrust chief, Christine Varney, has recently described Google as a likely antitrust problem, noting the company "has acquired a monopoly in Internet online advertising." Of course, that's wrong on many levels (it doesn't have anything close to a monopoly in online ads), but this should at least serve as evidence that reports of Google's "control" over the administration isn't nearly as strong as some have been suggesting.
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Filed Under: antitrust, christine varney, obama
Companies: google

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    JerseyGuy, 25 Feb 2009 @ 9:22pm

    No sympathy

    Sorry, I've got no sympathy for google, given what they're doing in Europe right now to have the EU force MS to change their products.

    If google wants to play that game as opposed to competing in a free market, I say toss the Dept of Justice at 'em and break them up.

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