There is clearly something in the air in Brussels and Washington, and Silicon Valley had better watch out – particularly Google.

Christine Varney’s fighting words on Monday make it clear that US trust-busters want to wipe the slate clean after the Bush years. That brings back memories of some notorious off-the-cuff words Varney threw out during a panel session last year:

For me, Microsoft is so last century. They are not the problem. I think we’re going to continue to see a problem, potentially, with Google.

Now we hear from one usually well-informed source that Neelie Kroes (pictured), Europe’s competition commissioner, has been raising the same general concerns, albeit in a private setting. Read more