World News: Google’s SVP posts anti-Microsoft – Yahoo blog

World News: Google’s SVP posts anti-Microsoft – Yahoo blog

Google’s senior vice president of corporate development & chief legal officer, David Drummond, has posted a petulant blog about Microsoft’s attempt to buy Yahoo!

“The openness of the Internet is what made Google — and Yahoo! – possible,” he writes. “A good idea that users find useful spreads quickly. Businesses can be created around the idea. Users benefit from constant innovation. It's what makes the Internet such an exciting place.”

Funny he should say that. Despite its detractors and gaping security holes, Microsoft’s operating system and programs were also good ideas that spread quickly, and were largely instrumental in booting PCs into the mass market.

Drummond also mentions Microsoft’s legacy of legal and regulatory offences, and wonders if the company plans to apply its “unfair practices with browsers and operating systems” to the Internet.

He points out that Microsoft has frequently sought to establish proprietary monopolies — and then leverage its dominance into new, adjacent markets. “Microsoft plus Yahoo! equals an overwhelming share of instant messaging and web email accounts. And between them, the two companies operate the two most heavily trafficked portals on the Internet.”

In the world of technology there are an awful lot of pots calling kettles black.

Microsoft did its level best to block the Google-DoubleClick deal, saying it would give Google almost 78% of all non-search ads served to third party web pages. But the deal went through, and Microsoft promptly bought DoubleClick’s main rival, aQuantive.

Google could afford to be smug, since it paid $3.1 billion for DoubleClick and Microsoft coughed up $6 billion for aQuantive.

According to a Wall Street Journal report on Sunday, Google's chief executive Eric Schmidt called Yahoo's chief executive Jerry Yang to offer his company's help in any effort to foil Microsoft's bid.

While neither Yahoo nor Google have commented on the report, any encouragement for alternative bidders could be seen as nothing more than an attempt to push Microsoft into paying more … something that it may well be obliged to do depending on how Yahoo! shares perform.

Yahoo! shares were trading at $19.18 when Microsoft announced its proposed offer of $31 per share. Then they shot up to $29.83.

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