Classic Antitrust Behavior: Google Bundling Google+ with Web Search

Wednesday, January 11, 2012
By OP Editor

What does a social network have anything to do with web search?

Evil Google monkey Larry Page, Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin

Google announced yesterday that it’s bundling Google+ with Web Search in this PR post. As you can see in Google’s screenshot below, web search will hide some search results below Google+ content.

Google bundles Google Plus with Web Search

John Gruber from Daring Fireball:

“This seems like classic antitrust behavior: using a legal monopoly in one market (web search) to gain a competitive advantage in a different market (social networking) through bundling. The idea from the outset was to frame ìGoogle+î as an extension of Google, not something new. Hence the name.”

Agree.

Surely there won’t be a problem when Google promotes Google+.

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