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Ganging up on Google

Ben Woodhead (MIS Australia) | May 20, 2009
The search engine's phenomenal growth is matched by a growing chorus of criticism.


Google's size and power are causing antitrust concerns

* Google first ran into antitrust trouble last year when it had to drop plans to build an advertising partnership with Yahoo.

* The US Justice Department is examining a deal Google struck with publishers to become a retailer of out-of-print books.

* The US Federal Trade Commission is looking into Google CEO Eric Schmidt's dual membership on the boards of Google and Apple as a possible antitrust issue.


Google's impact on the internet is riling the telecommunications industry

* Precursor, a research firm backed by AT&T and Verizon, last year issued a hotly-contested report that Google consumed 21 times more bandwidth than it paid for, leaving consumers and businesses to pick up the tab.


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