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Google becoming "giant monopoly" - German minister

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In an interview with weekly magazine Der Spiegel Sabine Leutheusser-Schnarrenberger said she was concerned the firm was accruing too much power and information about citizens via programs like Google Earth and Google Books.

"All in all, what's taking shape there to a large extent is a giant monopoly, similar to Microsoft," the minister said.

"My initial response is not to ban something or stop something. But I do want to create more transparency and ensure that users know what is going on with their data," she added.

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Germany's Google Grab

A monopoly is when there is so much dominance in a market that the company controlling the monopoly can deliberately exclude or prevent free and open competition.

Show us where Google is deliberately preventing other companies from conducting business or accumulating and studying user data of their own.

There is a HUGE difference between a Microsoft monopoly where they planned to eliminate competitors and Google is simply exceedingly successful in an area that had few players to begin with.

Did Google deliberately attempt to inhibit or stop MS with their Bing service (no matter how bad bing sucks?)

Has Google intentionally forced Yahoo out of the marketplace?

There are plenty of good reasons to distrust ANY corporation that collects as much personal data as Google does. You do not need to fabricate lies about a monopoly to make a case about taking too much advantage with user data.

leave the amateur politics aside Germany and get the money to fund your socialist agenda somewhere else.

Big Bear

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