The Plot to Kill Google

The bid to stop the Yahoo deal was just one front in an emerging multipronged war against Google. The company's growth, ambitions, and politics have made it a target of some of the country's most powerful businesses and interest groups. When Google pressed the Federal Communications Commission to reallocate "white space"—unused chunks of radio spectrum—for wireless broadband and other uses, it ran into a counter-lobbying effort that included everyone ... Full Story »

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Fabrice Florin
3.9
by Fabrice Florin - Jan. 23, 2009

Great investigative report on the efforts by Microsoft, AT&T, DOJ and others to discredit Google on charges of monopoly and invasion of privacy. The authors have collected a solid stream of factual evidence to shed light on this matter, including coverage of behind-the-scenes conversations between decision makers involved in these efforts.

Who's calling the kettle black? I find it ironic that AT&T and Microsoft would conspire against Google's alleged monopoly, when they themselves are notorious for their abuses of power. I believe that Google does need to be restrained, like other oversized corporations; but serial offenders like AT&T and Microsoft should not be allowed as much influence on governmental decisions as they seem to have had in this case.

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Randy Morrow
4.2
by Randy Morrow - Jan. 24, 2009

Very informative report about moves to hobble/harass/destroy Google. Interesting info from the story--ATT is attacking Google on the issue of privacy (that's right ATT and privacy--what a joke).

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Patricia L'Herrou
4.0
by Patricia L'Herrou - Jan. 23, 2009

a very informative story with many sources from the industries mentioned. illustrates the dangers of becoming so effective and successful with similarly successful competitors who deem them a threat. in this age of seeming giants in other areas including banks, insurance co.s and others, i wish the article had discussed why the communications industry is front and center in antitrust.

this reminds me of games such as 'risk' where players gang up on others to win. is all fair in this kind of war?

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Joel Kulenkamp
4.3
by Joel Kulenkamp - Jan. 23, 2009

I love the format of "The Enemies List", which breaks down the four specific fronts under which Google is under fire.

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Kaizar Campwala
4.5
by Kaizar Campwala - Jan. 23, 2009
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George Blahusiak
4.2
by George Blahusiak - Jan. 23, 2009

Swim with sharks expect to get bitten. Symptomatic of the whole economy in the US.

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Caroline O'Connor
4.1
by Caroline O'Connor - Jan. 23, 2009

This is a great attempt to craft an interesting narrative out of an extremely complex, potentially dull subject. But it's a little too glossy, some of the context seems to get lost. Has the DOJ really only turned down one merger in the last 7 years? If so, why were they so intent on scuttling the google yahoo deal? Anonymous sources seem to suggest that it was microsoft's influence, but it's hard to believe that they would have any pull with the DOJ. And did Microsoft also convince the non-profits to campaign against the Google/Yahoo deal? It just seems improbably, and I'm not given enough facts to judge for myself.

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Burt Herman
4.4
by Burt Herman - Jan. 27, 2009

It shows some real reporting, painting a picture from inside meetings with lots of context and background on the topic, historical references, etc.

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