How can this company, asks Brian S Hall, complain about anti-competitive behavior?
The open letter by Google's (GOOG) chief legal counsel attacking Apple (AAPL) and Microsoft (MSFT) and calling for government intervention (see here) has unleashed a flood of outraged responses, but none quite so full throated as the one posted by Brian S Hall on his Smartphone Wars blog.
The nut paragraph:
"If you have a monopoly business and generate monopoly profits and MOREPhilip Elmer-DeWitt - Aug 5, 2011 7:07 AM ET
First Yelp, now Groupon: Why hot startups -- especially those holding the key to "local" -- keep slipping through the search giant's fingers.
While the official confirmations have yet to land (and my colleague Dan Primack is following up on Groupon CEO Andrew Mason's hopefully tongue-in-cheek offer to discuss the finer points of his affection for miniature dollhouses), it's looking like talks between Google and Groupon have fallen apart. The situation MOREPaul Smalera - Dec 4, 2010 2:09 PM ET
Is $5.3 billion an astronomical amount to get the popular deal-a-day web site? Not really. Here's why.
If Google's $5.3 billion offer goes through later this week as suggested, it could be Groupon's lucky day.
Not that luck has been really necessary for the Chicago-based, deal-a-day e-commerce site, which delivers daily discounts and deals from local businesses to 30 million users across 500 markets in 30 countries. Since CEO Andrew Mason launched MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Nov 30, 2010 3:52 PM ET
Despite rumored bids from Google and Yahoo and lawsuits from disgruntled small businesses, Geoff Donaker says the popular listings service is right where it wants to be -- connecting with the young and affluent.
Over the last year, popular business listings site Yelp experienced several notable developments -- and not all of them were welcome. The company founded in 2004 by former PayPal employees Jeremy Stoppelman and Russell Simmons, now serves MOREJP Mangalindan, Writer - Oct 12, 2010 11:56 AM ET
After years of stasis, Pandora is on the verge of being rewarded for recent growth with a fat check. But can Elevation Partners' Roger McNamee -- even with U2's Bono in the backseat -- pick a winner?
By Chadwick Matlin, contributor
Pandora, that online music station you likely have open in another tab right now, is on the verge of adopting a new sugardaddy. Elevation Partners, the venture capital firm most famous for its MOREAug 26, 2010 11:47 AM ET
The site is making some changes, not to placate critics, but to prove they've been wrong all along. By Paul Smalera, senior editor
"Some businesses are never going to be happy with a paradigm that allows customers to comment, or makes them have to have to earn their content," Vince Sollitto of Yelp tells me
It's hard to argue. As Yelp has grown from fledgling start-up to critical mass website, serving over 30 MOREApr 9, 2010 5:25 PM ET
Foursquare and Gowalla are squaring off for the title of top tagger at Austin's annual tech-fest.
By Caroline Waxler, contributor
The annual South By Southwest Interactive conference kicks off Friday and the advance buzz is all about a fierce competition between two location-tagging social networking companies: Foursquare and Gowalla. (Disclosure: I know the Foursquare co-founders.)
These services help you locate where your friends and contacts are at any given moment -- perfect MOREMar 12, 2010 9:24 AM ET
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