Last updated: February 21, 2008 - 9:33am
MICROSOFT, GOOGLE SQUARE OFF IN WASHINGTON
[SOURCE: C-Net|News.com, AUTHOR: Declan McCullagh and Anne Broache]
Google and Microsoft's bitter and long-standing rivalry in the Internet search and advertising markets is spilling over into Washington. Senior executives from both companies are scheduled to show up before a U.S. Senate panel on Thursday afternoon to argue their respective cases for why Google should--or should not--be allowed to purchase DoubleClick for $3.1 billion. The acquisition was announced in April but is still undergoing a review by the Federal Trade Commission and regulators in Europe and Australia. The hearing could mark a turning point in Google's relationship with Washington. It is the first time that Congress has seriously scrutinized the fast-growing company's business strategies, and the first time that a proposed acquisition by the company has encountered such concerted political opposition. It also represents the result of months of private lobbying and public agitation against the merger by Google's most dangerous business rivals. No stranger to antitrust issues, Microsoft has ordered its legendary army of lobbyists to torpedo the deal, and AT&T, Yahoo and Time Warner have also expressed concerns.
- Senator: Net neutrality may not happen
- U.N. blasts Cisco, others on China cooperation
- Post 9/11 Privacy and Secrecy
- FAQ: How far does the new wiretap law go?
- Web Titans' D.C. Blues
- Congress targets deceptive 'sex' sites
- What the Democrats' win Means for Tech
- NSA cooperation: OK for e-mail, IM companies?
- Technologists assail federal Net-tapping rules
- Congress and tech: Little to show
- The politics of tech's tax breaks
- Hardware firms oppose Net neutrality laws
- Backer of ISP snooping slams industry
- Antitrust now a battleground for Google and foes
- Ban on monthly Net access taxes faces obstacles