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Just ahead of its grilling in front of the Senate in Washington, Google has set up a blog page answering some of the anti-competition allegations against it. Set up as a point-by-point statement and rebuttal, the webpage answers some of the accusations levelled at the search engine behemoth by business group Fairsearch, which …

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You'd think with all that cash

they could hire someone to come up with more convincing arguments... FaceBook is an alternative to Google search? They don't even directly address the "you favor your own services over competitors" point unless they simply are claiming their services are the best in every case.

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One solution

would be for Google to shut down their search engine for 24 hours, say starting at 1100 UTC, and simply display a screen that says: Google Search is taking they day off, back in xx minutes.

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Google does not put its products first...

Google puts what the users want first, as determined by the number of clicks.

e.g. if you google for "shopping", you will see Overstock.com, Yahoo! Shopping, Bing Shopping... Google Shopping is relegated to the second page of results.

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How is Google a monopoly?

Microsoft is still bigger than them and operates in every market Google does. A coupleb years ago the U.S. had no problem with the monopolizing of the database market when Oracle bought Sun. Maybe Google should start making some empty promises to them since it's seems to work.

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@Shaun

Monopoly isn't about size. It's about using strength in one market to derive an advantage in another. e.g if Google hard-code their search engine to display their maps first, embedded in the page, and other map providers as regular links underneath.

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"Monopoly isn't about size. It's about using strength in one market to derive an advantage in another"

Like Microsoft in search, or Microsoft in text ads, or Microsoft in display ads, or Microsoft in mobile, or Microsoft in... regulatory capture.

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re:Google puts what the users want first, as determined by the number of clicks

No they don't. Their core algorithm decides what users want, but that algorithm is then subject to manual tweaks and special cases. So you don't get what you want first, you get what Google think you want, or what they think you should want, or possibly what they want you to want.

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