Thursday, March 31, 2011

The Circle of (Anti)Trust

It seems like just the other day, Microsoft was a darling of Schumpeterian competition, being chased by incompetent rivals who were better at choosing lawyers than figuring out what features consumers wanted on their desktop. Now, Microsoft seems to be prepared to come full circle:
In a European Commission filing this week, Microsoft asked European regulators to investigate the search giant on antitrust grounds, accusing it of pursuing "anti-competive practices." Microsoft accused Google of boxing out competitors by walling off content, signing exclusivity deals, and making it difficult for companies to move Google advertising campaigns to rival search sites.
Sounds familiar!

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