I’ve been watching this business with Google’s public outcry against Microsoft’s bid for Yahoo, complaining that it risks monopolization of the Internet.
Is there anyone else out there for whom this seems like Emperor Larry Palpatine sitting in his Death Star complaining about how Emperor Bill Palpatine, sitting in his own Death Star, is plotting to take over the empire of Emperor David Palpatine (sitting, you know, in Death Star #3)?
The Financial Times on Monday (2/4/2008) gave the outwardly virtuous reasons Google is upset:
Google objects to a Microsoft-Yahoo deal because it feels a tie-up would put the software company in a position to undermine the principles of “openness” on which the web is based, according to a person close to the company. Freedom to connect across the internet would be at risk, according to this view, as would the internet’s future as an open platform supporting widespread innovation.
Still, the impression I cannot help but be left with is one of a nervous would-be world conquerer worried that someone else may grab the world first. I’m not normally the cynical type (am I?), but “altruism” is not the word that comes to mind when I think of Google’s plans for
world domination the Internet.
And Microsoft’s previous complaint about Google’s bid for DoubleClick, mentioned in the same article, also strikes me as funny:
Microsoft claimed that such a deal could leave Google with inordinate power to control online advertising as it became the lifeblood of many internet companies.
Yes, I’m sure that Microsoft is truly repulsed by the idea of someone
else having “inordinate power” to control anything on the Internet.
When it’s Palpatine versus Palpatine like this, it’s hard to know whom to root for. In the meantime, I’m buying a ticket to Yavin IV…