Google responds to Microsoft-Yahoo! bid

Google is showing signs of fear in its seemingly desperate attempt to impede Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo.

Google is showing signs of fear in its seemingly desperate attempt to impede Microsoft's acquisition of Yahoo. According to the Wall Street Journal, CEO Eric Schnidt called Yahoo CEO Jerry Yang to offer help. Google probably won't bid for Yahoo due to regulatory concerns, but could play a financial role in others' attempts to outbid Microsoft, or in Yahoo's decision to remain independent, despite the possibility that Google's actions could attract antitrust scrutiny.

However, right now Microsoft is the big bad wolf, at least according to an AP writer Michael Liedtke, via Wired, who referred to Microsoft's bid to use its $42 billion “to gain illegal control over the Internet.”

David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer wrote and posted Google's first public reaction online Sunday. "Microsoft's hostile bid for Yahoo raises troubling questions...This is about more than simply a financial transaction, one company taking over another. It's about preserving the underlying principles of the Internet: openness and innovation.”

Still no word from Yahoo.


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