Google is the new Microsoft, proof at last.
Google has been accused of methodically interfering with an anti-competition investigation into Android by South Korea's Fair Trade Commission. Google deleted files and made its employees work from home in an attempt to frustrate the investigation, alleges the commission in an interview with a South Korean newspaper. The non-co- …
Close, but not quite.
Google are not yet engaging in hostile legal action. Only then will they reach the lofty heights of the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Oracle.
Surprised that they would do what they can to hamper an investigation, destroy evidence, ... not really. A bit surprised that they might have got caught doing it ... yes. (Would be rather suprised if the officials can make the allegations stick though, unless they just sacrifice a pawn.).
Does it really matter?
I'm for the free market as much as the next person, but at the end of the day I've never found a search engine that works anywhere near as well as Google. If there was a viable alternative to Google search then there should be a way to use it, but Google gets by far the best results, so what's the problem?
Not really in Korea
Google and Naver are pretty much on equal market share there.
I do not see how people choosing to or even Google telling people to work from home would be perceive hampering a investigation, I am always getting told to work from home by my employer, surely in a country has wired up as South Korea has a lot of people working from home and it more like to be the investigators laziness that cause this problem and not Google, it is a lot more convenient to investigate a company if every employee is in the office.
As to deleting of documents, some how I find this highly unlikely and it will be interesting to see if that allegation is true or it is a mistake by the investigators.
Also just to add why would google even store files on individual computers, surely for a company the encourage other companies to store all there files in the cloud Google themselves would be doing the exact same thing, if not to an even greater extent than its customers.
My default is seeks, the results I need are at the top, just like good old Google.
I dont get it
Google is being taken to task over android making it hard to switch search engines and prioritizing google products in the results...
So when is Microsoft going to be taken to ask over WP7? they dont make it hard to change search engines, they make it impossible, oh and bing also prioritizes results, except when its copying googles results...
WP7? Wasn't that that consumer incarnation of windows mobile that scrubbed nearly a decade of XDA development?
Anyone who has invested in MS technologies has found their 'open source' niche with XP and Office 2K7 on the desktop and WM6.5 on their mobile. You'll note that the now ancient HTC HD2 is STILL holding its price.
Microsoft's current crop of barrow-boy executives will never understand strategy. They need a boardroom clear-out.
Small fry compared to the manipulation of their own index
This is small fry compared to the manipulation of their own search index. The regularity with which inconvenient political truths are 'forgotten' by Google's index evidences a direct, political manipulation of the internet which should concern us all. Would I trust Google? Not a chance.