Google: The New Microsoft

Google's reach into PC computing can only further its monopoly image

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More reasons to compare the search giant to the software giant. Chipmaker Freescale and PC maker Asus are both talking about using Google's software, Android, for super-cheap netbooks. One story suggests they could sell for $100, others agree they'll be less than $200.

Meanwhile, reporters unearth comments that Google is a monopoly from the woman nominated to be the chief federal trust buster.

Granted, the quotes are old. They're from a conference panel last summer, months before Christine Varney was nominated to be the new assistant attorney general for antitrust at the U.S. Justice Department. So they don't necessarily reflect the thinking of the administration, particularly of a president who considers Google CEO Eric Schmidt a trusted adviser.

But her point of view last summer was clear, per a Bloomberg story:

"For me, Microsoft is so last century. They are not the problem. [Google, however] has acquired a monopoly in internet online advertising."

"[Google is] quickly gathering market power in what I would call an online computing environment in the clouds."

"When all our enterprises move to computing in the clouds and there is a single firm that is offering a comprehensive solution, you're going to see the repeat of Microsoft."

Wait until she learns that Google is challenging Microsoft on computers, too.