Google is going to have to do better than this if it wants to frighten regulators and politicians into blocking Microsoft’s $44.6bn bid for Yahoo.
It is a bit half-baked to issue a statement (actually, not even an official statement but a blog post, for heaven’s sake) that raises worries about Microsoft distorting the internet without providing evidence, or even explaining what it means.
Having just had the satisfaction of sitting in New York watching the New York Giants win the Superbowl, I have had plenty of time to reflect on Simon Kuper’s article in the Weekend FT on why US sports have not spread around the world like British sports – notably soccer and cricket.
Among the oddities of American football is, of course, the fact that a game that only takes an hour on the clock actually lasts for three hours or more. The drama is even more drawn out by the proliferation of Superbowl ads, which can be viewed here and briefly summarised here.