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Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-09-01 15:00
The DOJ lawsuit against the AT&T/TMobile merger has many serious flaws that will make it difficult for the DOJ to meet its burden of proof in court that this merger is anti-competitive.
Importantly, if the DOJ ultimately cannot prove this merger is anti-competitive in a court of law, that official legal decision would make it legally difficult for the FCC to block the merger on competition grounds under the FCC's public interest standard, especially given that the merger would bring more broadband speed more quickly to more Americans, and create jobs, which the FCC's claims are their top public interest priorities.
I. Summary of Top Ten Flaws in DOJ's Case
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-09-06 11:58
Netflix' continues to exhibit serious difficulties grasping basic economics, competition and value.
First, Netflix is lowering its value to customers.
Second, Netflix is shifting its costs to its customers.
Third, Netflix is chasing away the premium content its subscribers demand.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Wed, 2011-09-07 19:16
Don't miss a new very funny Google privacy satire by Comediva that AdWeek flagged:
This adds to a great lineup of other funny Google Greatest Hits satires that I have assembled on GoogleMonitor.com:
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-09-08 15:25
Google's purchase of Zagat, a leading restaurant guide and reviewer, opens a search conflict can of worms just as the FTC is in the middle of a broad antitrust investigation of Google, which includes investigating the allegation that Google deceptively favors its own content in its publicly represented unbiased search rankings.
Top ten questions for the FTC to ask Google.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-09-09 18:44
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-09-13 18:58
Mr. Chairman and Ranking Member, it is a real pleasure to be here today, and thank you again for not issuing that formal subpoena you had to threaten in order to compel us to testify.
Let me begin my testimony by taking this opportunity to divert the media’s attention from this hearing by making a series of Google public announcements that our news algorithms predict will bury news of today’s hearing on the second page of most search results.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Fri, 2011-09-16 12:01
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Mon, 2011-09-19 17:47
See my Forbes post "Google 21st Century Robber Baron" which briefly tells the story of Google's Robber Baron rap sheet, in advance of Google's Wednesday Senate antitrust hearing.
The post also explains why Google's Board of Directors have been AWOL while all this scofflaw behavior has been going on.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Tue, 2011-09-20 18:54
See my Forbes post: "Netflix Crushes Its Own Momentum" here.
Submitted by Scott Cleland on Thu, 2011-09-22 11:10
My latest Forbes blog: "Google's Bait and Switch Deception Exposed at Hearing" is here.
It describes the overarching and recurring theme of yesterday's Senate Antitrust hearing on Google, that Google built the trust of users and content owners with the bait of representations that Google Search is unbiased and only focused on the user, then once they became dominant, Google pulled the switch, and deceptively changed their business model to favor their own Google content over competitors' content, all while continuing to maintain that their search engine is still unbiased.