Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Google Has Two Antitrust Balls in the Air

"Board Ties at Apple and Google Are Scrutinized," The New York Times headlines today. See http://www.nytimes.com/2009/05/05/technology/companies/05apple.html?_r=1&scp=3&sq=Google&st=cse.

So Google is looking at two (at least) antitrust probes. One, of course, is the Justice Department's examination of whether the proposed Google Books class action settlement runs afoul of the Sherman Act. This new one involves whether Google and Apple have "interlocking directorates," which were outlawed by the Clayton Act.

The buzz at Twitter is that Google's CEO, Eric Schmidt, is on the verge of quitting the Apple board anyway. But that speculation centers not on antitrust implications, but rather on speculation that Google and Apple are or soon will be in a bidding war for Twitter.


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