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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) may be expanding its antitrust investigations to include the increasing integration of Google+ into Mountain View‘s search engine business. Additional probes into the links between Google and its fledgling social network are being ordered to assess to what - if any - level Mountain View is …

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Sometimes.

“'The laws are designed to help consumers benefit from innovation, not to help competitors.'”

Well sometimes it does the one thing by doing the other, y'know. Oh wait, you're from Google, so you don't know, I guess.

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WTF?

Things are getting bad for Google

The whole Mocality debacle is not going to help them.

http://blog.mocality.co.ke/2012/01/13/google-what-were-you-thinking/

Google's response:

https://plus.google.com/u/0/115264064268941645500/posts/WfALKwfmCGJ#115264064268941645500/posts/WfALKwfmCGJ

Clearly legit, the Google statement was made by a VP -

http://www.linkedin.com/pub/nelson-mattos/4/703/430

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Not the role of government

It is not the role of government to meddle in private voluntary interactions. Google is a web site. Don't like it? Make your own web site. No need to get violent about it.

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WTF

"It is not the role of government to meddle in private voluntary interactions." Government cannot exist without meddling in private interactions, so yes that is it's role or maybe you haven't noticed things like sales taxes, seatbelt laws, the war on some drugs, the war on some light bulbs etc.

Government is a monopoly of force for the benefit of some at the expense of others. Don't like it? Start your own revolution. Though you will probably need to get violent about it.

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@Rob Fisher

"private voluntary interactions" would, of course, include somebody selling your bank details to somebody else.

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Big Brother

Someone hasn't paid enough campaign contributions yet.

It's election year, ya know?

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The related articles list is wrong

This should be at the top of it -

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2011/10/24/google_dumps_boolean_search_tools/

As I pronounced at the time.

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