Book Search

Smackdown: Google v. the rest of tech

August 21, 2009: 2:42 PM ET

Microsoft, Yahoo and others band against Google - using familar tactics.

By Jia Lynn Yang, writer

With its friendly, helpful image and total dominance in search, Google (GOOG) makes it all look so easy. Meanwhile its enemies are just sweating harder to take it down.

There are reports today  that Microsoft (MSFT), Yahoo (YHOO), Amazon (AMZN) and others are banding together to block a settlement Google made last fall with authors and publishers for its Book Search service—the same settlement that's being scrutinized by the antitrust cops over at the Justice Department.

The Open Book Alliance, as the coalition is called, is simply the latest chapter in a war against Google that's increasingly being fought in DC rather than California. More

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