With New OS, Google Looks More Like a Monopoly

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 9, 2009 9:36 AM CDT

(Newser) – Google’s latest project, a Web-based lightweight OS to rival Windows, sounds pretty cool at first. “But that’s why you should be worried,” writes David Lazarus of the Los Angeles Times. The search giant has simply become too powerful for comfort. “Google accounts for an ungodly share of the money that flows through the Web,” says the antitrust lawyer who spearheaded the case against Microsoft. “That creates a lot of concern.”

Google will probably give away its OS, much as it doesn't charge for the Chrome browser, Google Docs, Gmail, YouTube, and so on. “As a consumer, it’s hard to complain when you’re being given incredible new things for free,” said one tech lawyer. “But who knows where this ends up.” We depend on Google, and that scares Lazarus, who warns: “Google’s your best tech buddy. Until, that is, it’s not.”

In this March 30, 2009 file photo, people use laptops at a ceremony to launch Google's free music download service for China in Beijing.
In this March 30, 2009 file photo, people use laptops at a ceremony to launch Google's free music download service for China in Beijing.   (AP Photo/Alexander F. Yuan/File)
In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany.
In this April 17, 2007 file photo, exhibitors work on laptop computers in front of an illuminated sign of the Google logo at the industrial fair Hannover Messe in Hanover, Germany.   (AP Photo/Jens Meyer, file)
Google Inc. Vice President Marissa Mayer speaks to foreign and local media during a press conference  in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 23, 2009.
Google Inc. Vice President Marissa Mayer speaks to foreign and local media during a press conference in Taipei, Taiwan, Tuesday, June 23, 2009.   (AP Photo/Wally Santana)
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