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"The Open Markets Team congratulates European Commissioner for Competition Margrethe Vestager and the European competition authority for this important decision. Google's market power is one of the most critical challenges for competition policymakers in the world today. By requiring that Google give equal treatment to rival services instead of privileging its own, Vestager is protecting the free flow of information and commerce upon which all democracies depend. We call upon U.S. enforcers, including the Federal Trade Commission, the Department of Justice, and states attorneys general, to build upon this important precedent, both in respect to Google and to other dominant platform monopolists including Amazon. U.S. enforcers should apply the traditional American approach to network monopoly, which is to cleanly separate ownership of the network from ownership of the products and services sold on that network, as they did in the original Microsoft case of the late 1990s."
—Barry Lynn, the director of the Open Markets Program.

The NY Times reported today in reaction to the above statement, "Google Critic [quoted above] Ousted From Think Tank Funded by the Tech Giant" @Mel Hopkins, I tough you might appreciate this article because it addresses my concern about America's ability to reign in these emerging monopolies. As discussed in your post about the EU's fining of Google.


Meanwhile Google's dominance continues to grow.




This affects ALL Black owned businesses doing anything online. These monopolies cripple existing companies, large and small, and prevent new business from starting.  This is effecting more Black jobs than I can even quantify.  But we are willing to invest all our time and energy into trying to get one wealth ex-football player a job, while countless jobs are being lost or failing to be created in the internet economy.


While I, as a bookseller, can see this and have been railing about it for years, we really need Black media to pick up the ball and help people understand why this stuff 'matter to them... oh I forgot monopolies have all but obliterated Black media, and replaced it with social media driven news about one man who can get hired by the NFL.  Even if we "win" that battle for Colin's job we lose the freaking war, a war we don't even know that has been waged against us...

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I fail to see how Google and Amazon are waging a war against blacks or anybody else. Everyone in America and around the world that has access to the internet can pick and choose their search engine provider and or where to buy your products...you are not locked into only one provider like when Ford Motors only made cars in the color black. We live in a capitalist society...what you are advocating in socialism...equal results. Everyone has the opportunity to compete...but results will vary. Its like you having the best book store in your state with everybody ordering from you and all of a sudden all the other book stores in your state start advocating that you are becoming a monopoly and you need to be regulated by the government. Is that fair?


Did people cry monopoly when Apple iTunes literally took over where to get music from and caused the record stores to go out of business?


btw, my search engine is Bing...because I do not for a fact Google surpasses information...especially conservative right leaning information. Google and Amazon were major major contributors to Barack Hussein Obama's agenda. And Obama loved them along with Facebook and Netflix.



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Hmmm.  There really is a lot to pull apart in what you wrote.  First I need to ask did you watch the video or read any of the accompanying documentation?  It would be helpful if I knew for sure that you have a basic understanding of the environment.


Do you understand why the EU took Google to court, and why the court penalized Google with a multi-billion dollar fine? If so, I gather you disagree with the decision.  That is fine; one's perception of right or wrong is a personal decision.  However, in this case, Google violated the law, which is far less subjective.


No one said Google or Amazon were waging a war against Black people specifically.  I'm saying their behavior adversely impacts us; perhaps morese than any other group, because we own so little on the web.


@The DW_Perspective, are you or have you even been a bookseller?  If so, could share how you come to know so much about the business? That would be helpful.  


The music business model was under assault before Itunes came along.  How old are you? Do you remember Napster?  Itunes as a music platform is growing increasingly irrelevant as more people move to simply streaming music or downloading it instead of buying it.


I'm glad to read you like and use Bing.  Unfortunately, the reality is that only a small minority of people use Bing.  Bing has little impact in search.  Do you run a website?  If so, what percentage of your traffic comes from BIng?


Your mention of Obama and the contributors to his campaign is lost on me.


I watched the video. "net neutrality" is a serious issue.  If 45 gets rid if it that would be bad, really bad.

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