For the most part, the public face of Google doesn’t spend much time speaking about the company’s competition (what happens on the blogs of the engineers may be an entirely different thing). The rare exception to this has been when that competition happens to be based in Redmond. Google executives were quick to raise concerns about antitrust and competition issues as Microsoft worked to integrate desktop and Internet searching into Vista and later purchased an online ad company. That pattern is repeating itself as Google executives are responding to the maneuvering that may bring about a Microsoft merged with Yahoo.
The Associated Press is quoting Google founder Sergey Brin as calling the potential for such a acquisition “unnerving.” Again, the focus of these unsettled nerves appears to be competition. “When you start to have companies that control the operating system, control the browsers,” Brin said, “they really tie up the top Web sites, and can be used to manipulate stuff in various ways.”
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