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Is Google killing the economy?

Tony Bradley | Sept. 14, 2010
A report suggests Google's Web monopoly is a danger to privacy and security, and threatens the economy and the job market

It is also worth noting that Google emerged at a time when many were making the same sorts of accusations against the growing threat of a Microsoft monopoly. With Yahoo and others already dominating the market, it seemed unlikely that a startup named "Google" could even compete in the search industry, much less evolve into a giant on par with Microsoft itself in only a decade.

If Google could start from nothing and take on Microsoft, it seems that the possibility still exists for a company to come along and knock Google off its perch as well. Facebook is an example of a company that emerged from the shadow of Google's Web dominance and yet has managed to capture its own market and rise to challenge Google directly in many ways.

The report itself may be an extreme point of view, but it does seem that the DOJ has treated the rise of Google differently than the rise of Microsoft, and that Google's virtually ubiquitous access to the data on the Internet poses a variety of security and privacy concerns. But, I think it is more accurate to suggest that Google is guilty of benign neglect than overt evil. 

 

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