Google Becomes The FTC’s Latest Whipping Boy
Ignoring the fact that Google already has a formidable foe by the name of Bing! (who last I checkedÂ assimilatedÂ Yahoo! search), this whole anti-trust case seems silly as anyone can easily switch away from Google’s services at will.
Unlike Google, rivals like Bing! can tap into Facebook’s social graph, an asset Google can only dream about for the moment (which is probably why the company launched their plus 1 service).
If the FTC does play the monopoly card (which would do more to hurtÂ Google’s stock than Google’s reputation), Google will probably be able to defeat the lawsuit in court as the Feds were unable toÂ break apart Microsoft over a decade ago.
While the FTC’s job is to help ensure that our capitalistic society remains competitive, it probably would be wiser for them to spend resources ensuring consumer freedom within the wireless industry instead.