Yahoo + Microsoft = Google threat!

"Well, this is certainly nothing new, because high level Google execs have been singing the same tune for weeks now, but now Google CEO Eric Schmidt has joined the choir, saying that a Microsoft-Yahoo deal might hurt the very foundations of our beloved Internet," writes Mashable.

Helge: Microsoft + Yahoo is a threat to Google

We would be concerned by any kind of acquisition of Yahoo by Microsoft. We would hope that anything they did would be consistent with the openness of the Internet, but I doubt it would be. We are concerned that there are things Microsoft could do that would be bad for the Internet.” says Schmidt.

Helge: Keep it open.

It’s obvious that Schmidt is talking to the experts here; such highly technical terms as “bad for the internet” can only be understood by the most tech-savvy folks. What he probably means is that yes, Microsoft does have a history of antitrust violations, and yes, they haven’t exactly been the most open company in the history of IT.

Helge: The threat hasn't been defined yet. Are we going so a more "closed web" in the future if this merger is completed? Nobody knows for sure.

But Google’s vehement opposition to this deal probably means that they don’t see two tired giants merging in a desperate attempt to save what they can before Google takes an even larger part of the Internet cake (that’s pretty much how I see it); they see something dangerous to their business. What exactly is it, only time will tell.

Helge: Two tired giants an interesting statement. What happened to Microsoft? Why are they not able to grab the "open"?

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