The Google judge doesn't know if Firefox is a browser or a search engine

Today, US District Judge Amit Mehta heard opening statements for the Department of Justice (DOJ) antitrust case challenging Google's search dominance.

Only Mehta will decide whether Google has maintained its role as the world's search leader by competing on its own merits — as Google claims — or through anticompetitive behavior that the DOJ alleges.intense

Ο Kenneth Dintzer του DOJ ξεκίνησε τη διαδικασία. Ανέφερε στη Mehta ότι το Υπουργείο Δικαιοσύνης σχεδιάζει να αποδείξει ότι από το , η Google διατηρεί παράνομα τη μονοπωλιακή ισχύ στις αγορές αναζήτησης και διαφήμισης, εστιάζοντας στο να “εξοπλίζει” την προεπιλεγμένη μηχανή αναζήτηση σε κινητές συσκευές.

To prove this, the DOJ plans to bring in Hal Varian, who served as Google's chief economist at the time. Another key witness will be the co-founder of the now-defunct Neeva search engine, Sridhar Ramaswamy, who will testify about the obstacles Google still poses to new search providers today. Dintzer said most of the Justice Department's witnesses will be former and current Google employees and others with a financial interest in Google's conduct.

Much of the opening statement was a rehash of the pretrial filings the DOJ and Google filed last week. The gist of the Justice Department's position is that Google regularly blocks search competitors and prevents any innovations that could make web search "faster, easier and better for consumers."

Ο Mehta ζήτησε από τον Dintzer να διευκρινίσει μερικά , ώστε να καταλάβει πόσο καιρό η Google διατηρεί παράνομα τη μονοπωλιακή ισχύ (πάνω από μια δεκαετία, ανέφερε το DOJ) και πόσο από την επισκεψιμότητα αναζήτησης της Google προέρχεται από τον ορισμό της μηχανής της σαν προεπιλογή (50 τοις εκατό).

Worryingly during the opening remarks, however, was that Amit Mehta seemed a little confused by some of the references, unable to tell whether Mozilla's Firefox is a browser or a search engine. He also didn't know how Google's SEM tools work. The Best Technology Site in Greecefgns

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