Google Responds to MicroHOO

Google has kept mum on the much talked about Microsoft-Yahoo deal, but today the company broke its silence and posted its official statement on its blog. The statement is credited to David Drummond, Senior Vice President, Corporate Development and Chief Legal Officer…

Could Microsoft now attempt to exert the same sort of inappropriate and illegal influence over the Internet that it did with the PC? While the Internet rewards competitive innovation, Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies — and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets.

Could the acquisition of Yahoo! allow Microsoft — despite its legacy of serious legal and regulatory offenses — to extend unfair practices from browsers and operating systems to the Internet? In addition, Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts.

Does anyone else see this as Google playing tit-for-tat? After all Microsoft created some problems and complained loudly when Google decided to when it acquired DoubleClick. Will Google now start beating the anti-trust drums?

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