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Shoe, meet other foot: Microsoft bashes Google on Capitol Hill over DoubleClick
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Written by Daniel   
Friday, 28 September 2007 11:16

Ms counsels against :  "an imminent risk of giving a single company the degree of market power that could foreclose competition," .... Words of wisdom! And one HELL of a punch line!

ARS Technica
By Nate Anderson | Published: September 28, 2007 - 10:48AM CT
Microsoft general counsel Brad Smith, bearing no obvious bruises from his recent European beatdown by the Court of First Instance, showed up at the Senate yesterday to take a few good whacks at Google. Just weeks after the EU upheld Microsoft's monopoly penalties, there must have been a certain degree of schadenfreude in the prospect of getting a public platform to challenge Google on antitrust grounds.




Smith wasted little time. After admitting that the online advertising industry is a fluid one that has seen Yahoo, Microsoft, and AOL all make large purchases in the last few months, Smith contended that only Google's merger with DoubleClick posed a threat to life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. "Given the current state of the industry, however, it is fair to say that only one transaction poses an imminent risk of giving a single company the degree of market power that could foreclose competition," he told the Senate Committee on the Judiciary.... More

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