This past week the Federal Trade Commission was asked to
investigate the data collected by Google on its Android
operating system, which powers most of the world’s smartphones.
It was a tiny blip in the news cycle but another sign of
Washington’s and Europe’s growing concerns about the enormous,
largely unchecked power accumulated by tech giants like
Facebook, Amazon and Google over the last two decades. Of the
three, Google, which is part of a holding company called
Alphabet, is the most powerful, intriguing, and omnipresent in
our lives. This is how it came to be.
Succinct, compelling case that Google is abusing its search monopoly to promote its own products. Yelp founder Jeremy Stopplelman:
Jeremy Stoppelman: If I were starting out today, I would have no
shot of building Yelp. That opportunity has been closed off by
Google and their approach.
Steve Kroft: In what way?
Jeremy Stoppelman: Because if you provide great content in one of
these categories that is lucrative to Google, and seen as
potentially threatening, they will snuff you out.
Steve Kroft: What do you mean snuff you out?
Jeremy Stoppelman: They will make you disappear. They will