Separation of Search and State

“Google’s contracts ensure that rivals cannot match the search quality ad monetization, especially on phones. Through this feedback loop, this wheel has been turning for more than 12 years. It always turns to Google’s advantage.” It’s hard to argue that point. But will it be enough to make for a successful antitrust case against Google? US claims Google pays more than $10 billion a year to maintain its search dominance. (Maybe the two sides should skip the trial and go to ChatGPT for mediation.)

+ “What’s at stake? Oh, nothing much — just the future of the internet. Or maybe the future of antitrust law in the US. Maybe both.” Vox: What Google’s trial means for the company — and your web browsing.

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