Microsoft countered by saying that Google -- not it -- is actually the monopolist.
By Thomas Claburn, InformationWeek
Feb. 4, 2008
Following Microsoft's UNSOLICITED
$44.6 billion offer to buy Yahoo on Friday, Google on Sunday Warned
that the innovation and openness of the Internet could be jeopardized if the deal goes through
bid for Yahoo raises troubling
questions," said David Drummond, senior VP of corporate development and chief legal officer
, in a post on the official Google blog
. "This is about more than simply a financial transaction
, one company taking over another. It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation."
Drummond wondered aloud whether Microsoft might "Attempt
to exert the same sort of Inappropriate
and Illegal Influence
over the Internet that it did with the PC" and urged policy makers to put that question to the company. …