As far as I'm concerned.. As long as they keep innovating at the pace they are doing. Paying their workers incredibly well. Then allowing them many benefits + keeping other large companies from taking markets over. I'm for them staying the way they are.. I think google keeps other large companies on their toes.
I don't like some of the Google's products (Chrome, Picase), and they ARE a monopoly... not because they're preventing anyone from rising by dishonest methods, but because they're damn good at what they do. They earn tons of money from advertisement and most of their other software are just side projects - they can afford it. And they deserved it. This is an example of a healthy monopoly.
Monopoly? So what, if no one can do better in this area so far? Does that mean Google is to be sued or something?
Their power is scary, of course. And they have to be watched closely... but so far, Google helped everyone a lot.
google has done so much for the online community and the world that it stands to be good measure if they recognize the monopolistic image and attempt to regulate without being unfairly chastised for it.
how many of us benefit from the online search as students, map searches, part numbers, business advertisement and connection, medical help, all with a simple vanilla interface unlike yahoo,bing, and others?
I love Google! One company that is big and least evil. They are very innovative and and quite frankly their products work. Chrome does better that Firefox in many aspects( Love firefox dont get me wrong) ...IE.?...I wount even go there. I think Facebook is the one that should be investigated. The worst thing that happened to social networking since the invention of INTERNET....
Whether you believe they're a monopoly or not, it's not their fault. Or rather, it's not that they purposely try to hinder their competition, they just do everything better and people naturally flock to their products. They don't take advantage of the fact that that they own huge market shares to rip off the consumer. If they did, they would go out of business BECAUSE there ARE other alternatives to their products.
The government has no business bothering them for being successful. I thought the government was suppose to encourage innovation and entrepreneurship to create jobs in this crap economy, not hinder it. Doing crap like this just discourages entrepreneurs because they'll think, "Well, if I spend my life savings to invest in this business and become successful, the government will just step in and split my company/hard work. What's the point?"
[citation][nom]JohnnyLucky[/nom]I think one of the reasons individuals are okay with Google is that there is almost no individual consumer cost associated with their products.[/citation]
Except the advertising revenue
All companies have an advertising budget
That budget is subsumed into a products retail price
Google exists entirely on advertising revenue
Consumers pay for it entirely
"Schmidt replied that yes, he agreed Google was 'in that [monopoly] area.'"
So he basically admitted, but not in the way you think he did. Either way, the author has every right to title the article they way they did because it is true, by agreeing he admits that google is in a monopoly area.
you know if the government ever stepet in, if i was in charge, i would sell all my stock and just shut the whole thing down and see how much the government likes that. i would have my money out of the company, so no big deal there, and it would be a giant middle finger the biggest it can possibly be.
Well, seeing that apple is coming close to a monopoly in tablets, shouldn't they receive any antitrust accusations? They keep suing anyone who thinks "square/rectangle with a touch-screen is a good thing to make".
There's a huge difference in not being able to buy a laptop without Windows pre-installed vs. using Google instead of Bing because Bing is vastly inferior. Google isn't preventing Bing or anybody else from making a better search engine, and the same applies to all of Google's other successful products.
I think congress should go after Intel and Microsoft HARD before even thinking about going after Google, but the first 2 have lobbied/bribed away any real chance of facing consequences for their actions, which is why they're still allowed to monopolize..
[citation][nom]back_by_demand[/nom]Except the advertising revenueAll companies have an advertising budgetThat budget is subsumed into a products retail price...Google exists entirely on advertising revenueConsumers pay for it entirely[/citation]
Except that that's nonsense because the consumer can still choose NOT to click the advert or not to buy the product once they've clicked. In the former case there are no charges to companies, and in the both cases the consumer pays nothing full stop, whilst still benefiting from all of the Google services. And that option, is the original posters point.
[citation][nom]watcha[/nom]Except that that's nonsense because the consumer can still choose NOT to click the advert or not to buy the product once they've clicked. In the former case there are no charges to companies, and in the both cases the consumer pays nothing full stop, whilst still benefiting from all of the Google services. And that option, is the original posters point.Companies go out of business[/citation]
High advertising cost still increases the price of products you buy.
I am reminded of an XKCD comic that goes like this.
At Google headquarters a man says in a meeting "Ok, now we have all the information of all the people in the world. Let's go evil. What do we do?". A woman exclaims "Let's make billions!". "WE ALREADY DO THAT. Man, we suck at this."