lu dans le Guardian : Almunia ne serait pas satisfait des propositions de Google

Le Guardian rapporte que le commissaire Almunia se serait laissé aller à des confidences sur une radio espagnole au sujet du conflit entre Google et les comparateurs de prix.

European Commission rejects Google’s latest proposals to settle antitrust case | Technology | theguardian.com.

Google is the new Bell Labs

Google just acquired its 8th robotics company in the past few years with the acquisition of Boston Dynamics and it got me thinking, is anyone else truly investing in deep technological research? What about Apple, or Microsoft, what are they doing?

Google is the new Bell Labs.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs

that Bell Labs operated in no small part for the public good, producing IP like UNIX and C that entered the public domain. In fact, despite being a part of a state sanctioned monopoly, Bell Labs produced a staggering amount of freely-available knowledge that moved entire industries forward.

Google, as a publicly traded company, has an obligation to maximize profit for shareholders — and there’s nothing wrong with that! But to assume that Google would freely release its IP in the same way that Bell Labs did just seems willfully ignorant of the fundamental differences between a publicly traded company and a state-sanctioned monopoly.

Why Google isn’t our Bell Labs.