Microsoft, Google Spar Over DoubleClick In Senate

Law360, New York (September 27, 2007, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Microsoft Corp. and Google Inc. squared off before a Senate subcommittee on Thursday over whether Google's plans to acquire online advertising firm DoubleClick Inc. would harm competition and raise privacy concerns.

Microsoft General Counsel Brad Smith argued that Google, already the dominant company for online search ads, would obtain a “dominant gateway position” over the other main type of online advertising, non-search ads, if the merger is allowed to proceed.

“If Google and DoubleClick are allowed to merge, Google will become the overwhelmingly dominant pipeline for...
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