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Google’s DoubleClick Purchase Questioned by Senator

Molly Peterson 27 September 2007 One Comment

U.S. lawmakers questioned whether Google Inc.’s $3.1 billion purchase of DoubleClick Inc. will give the Internet search company a “stranglehold” in the online advertising market.

“Once these two companies have joined forces and combined their gigantic information resources, will the barriers to entry for a new entrant into the marketplace simply be too high?” Democratic Senator Herb Kohl of Wisconsin said at a hearing today in Washington.

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  • CDOBs Editors (author) said:

    Senator Kohl and Microsoft have reached a new low in using regulatory power to punish the competition. Senator Kohl, a Harvard MBA, and an owner of Kohl’s department should seriously get out his Economics 101 notes before he proposes more government interference with technology and business.

    When Kohl’s opens a new store in Rockford, for example, aren’t they trying to drive out other businesses and “new entrants” in the department store field? That is what business does, compete against each other to make money.

    After 10+ years of being in court, Micrsoft is learning that government has very little interest in private business, unless a politician is hitting them up for a donation. Microsoft is effectively using the vicious political methods conjured up by Sun Microsystems to injure a competitor, rather than compete with them.

    Senator Kohl, can you please go back to working on your own stores rather than messing with everyone else’s business? Microsoft, given that your software is still as buggy as Milwaukee on a summer night, how about fixing your own products before trying to get the government to spoil your competitors products?

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