Is Google an Obama Administration Antitrust Target?
Nothing gets the high-tech industry more agitated that the word "antitrust." So the reports ricocheting around the blogosphere about Google coming into the Obama Administration's legal sights are generating growing consternation.
Given the state of the economy, it makes little sense to me that any political administration is going to move against any large, successful company in any industry right now. Nevertheless, this report in The Guardian newspaper notes that President Obama's pick for the Justice Department's top antitrust post has made past comments focused on Google's growing position in the online advertising market. Speculation grows that the DOJ is watching Google.
All of this harkens back to the 1990s when Microsoft, the dominant technology company of that decade, faced antitrust concerns. Being the Big Kid on the Block always triggers that mechanism, and Google has been quite busy flexing its technological muscle for quite a whle.
Interesting concept, but is this the same Google whose CEO backed Obama and was mentioned as a potential national IT czar? Yes it is, so trust me, Google is going to have to do a whole lot more than gain clout in the online advertising world to have it run afoul of Justice Department investigators. This sounds like wishful thinking by Yahoo and other Google competitors.