How is Google damaging consumers?

I kept this post as draft since I read Wired’s article about Google and their supposed dominant position. Today I read again about the new investigation of US Antitrust targeting bigG because it holds too much market share in online advertising and advertisers are getting upset.  I can’t understand why an antitrust agency is taking…

Microsoft pulls the antitrust trigger

I love it: Microsoft calls the European antitrust authorities against Google. Ironic. And a waste of time: the consumer is not harmed by Google, consumers are getting software and services for free. Interoperability is saved and guarded. Case dismissed.

FIEG si lamenta di Google ma i giornalisti dimenticano la sintassi

Se poi uno si chiede perché i giornali non li vuole comprare più nessuno, leggete qui sotto cosa scrive il Corriere online e ditemi voi se ci capite qualcosa: Il colosso del web si impegna anche a comunicare «attraverso l’interfaccia della rete AdSense (il programma di affiliazione attraverso il quale i proprietari di siti internet…

I wish antitrust bodies didn’t exist

My good friend Carlo Piana, the lawyer that helped Samba and FSFE in the antitrust trial Microsoft against the European Commission, says today: priority #1 is to keep a close eye on the only overdominant company in the IT market But given the outcome of the trial, with Microsoft getting a ‘get out of jail…

Ozzie talks about FLOSS and FLOSS advocates talk back

Lots of talking about Microsoft lately.’  As I expected, Ray Ozzie’s public appearances are increasing with declarations of love for the magic word interoperability and with a new, more open, attitude.’  I believe it’s true that “Microsoft fundamentally, as a whole, has changed dramatically as a result of open source,” as Ozzie said. Roberto wrote…

W3C under siege: developers want free hands

Standards can be a Royal PITA and every developer and hacker knows that. But for users they’re the only way not to go crazy. Web standards give users the possibility to connect to the Internet from any device and blog, check email, get and make information. The debate is heating up on top of the…

Microsoft, antitrust, EC, interoperability: deja-vu

Here we are again with the European Commission being asked by a competitor to remind Microsoft that competition doesn’t mean abuse of dominant position. I have a sense of deja-vu. Opera Software has asked the EC to investigate if Microsoft is abusing its dominant position by tying its browser, Internet Explorer, to the Windows operating…