Advising Google on Antitrust

by on September 18, 2008 · 3 comments

Over the past week there’s been a lot of Google blogging (here, here, here…) on TLF, so now it’s my turn.  And I’ll defer to the post of my colleague Mark Blafkin on the ACT blog, provocatively titled Why is Google Pointing that Gun at its Foot?

Here’s a snippet:

Google has not yet learned that when you’re under antitrust scrutiny, EVERYTHING YOU DO is going to be analyzed through that lens.  Every move your company makes will communicate something to the regulators, partners, customers, and competitors that are now watching you more closely.  The last thing you want to do is give regulators more ammunition. At times, this may require changing decision making processes throughout the company, even in seemingly unrelated aspects of business.

ACT was engaged in the Microsoft antitrust case. Google can learn a lot from Microsoft’s battle, and by the way governments characterized what’s “anti-competitive.”

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