ADOTAS – Google says it’s worried about your freedom. The world’s premier search engine announced today that if Microsoft Corp. acquires Yahoo Inc., the free flow of information online could be compromised, according to reports.
(Perhaps Google is just concerned about its continued market dominance? Wait … no … that would be evil).
“We would be concerned by any kind of acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft,” Google CEO Eric Schmidt told reporters at a conference in Beijing. “We would hope that anything they did would be consistent with the openness of the Internet, but I doubt it would be.”
Schmidt said that “things” (on which he reportedly wouldn’t elaborate) Microsoft “has done that have been so difficult for everyone” likely predicts their future approach to business. In 2004, the European Commission fined the company almost $700 million for abusing its power in the online market.
Microsoft’s chief, Steve Ballmer, may not be helping his company’s public image with his insistence on issuing melodramatic public missives. Just this month, Ballmer pledged to beat Google in the search engine and interactive advertising universe if he issued his “last breath” in the process.