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January 27, 2006

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Carlos Leyva

Rick,

These mega-companies are starting to behave like nation states, with the same sorts of rationale for "questionable" behavior--such as "better to stay engaged..."

There are perhaps legitimate reasons to take these positions, but it is hard not to see it as a compromise where naturally the economically rational thing always seems to prevail over principle. In that sense this decision is not surprising, what would have been surprising (and refreshing) would be to see Google take a stand, of course now that they are publicly traded they have the market to answer to.

That said, very few, if any, will stop using their search engine--just goes to show the power of (monopoly) technology.

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