Being a monopoly may be irritating to competitors, but it’s not illegal. The problem with applying antitrust law to Google is that even if you assume it has a monopoly and is being anticompetitive, it’s not at all clear how that is bad for consumers.
Google (s GOOG) may already have a monopoly on search, but that doesn’t mean the proposed search deal between Microsoft (s MSFT) and Yahoo (s YHOO) will be automatically greenlighted by federal officials. The Justice Department has expanded its review of the partnership agreed to by the search laggards, Bloomberg is reporting. The DOJ is going to challenge the argument that you need to be bigger in order to compete. I couldn’t agree more. My view is that you need to be smarter and faster. Of course as both Microsoft and Yahoo’s history in search proves, they’ve been neither. Read More about Uh-Oh! DOJ Expands Review of Microsoft-Yahoo Search Deal