Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Yes, European publishers are that stupid

Google continues to generate news. This time, it's European publishers and regulators looking to corral its business practices. Some of the accusations are ... well ... to put it politely, stupid. The Germans are upset because Google generates more ad revenue than them -- and suggest that Google is manipulating its search results to make more money. Italians are upset that they want to opt out of Google News, but still want high ranking in Google Search. Belgians want Google News to stop linking to them, as they see no value.

As I see it, Google is making a lot of money by directing people to what it thinks are relevant search results, news and placing ads to entice people to click. Other than search, how is that different from any other website that provides external links?

Am I missing something?

in reference to: Google Encounters Antitrust Complaint From German Publishers - NYTimes.com (view on Google Sidewiki)

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