In answer to Google & Yahoo, MS to acquire 24/7 Real Media?

If your complaining doesn't work, try doing the same as what you were complaining about.

Google buys DoubleClick, Yahoo! is already planning to buy the rest of Right Media, and it appears that Microsoft has emerged as a contender, along with ad giant WPP Group, to buy Internet ad firm 24/7 Real Media. Sources said the software giant is considering a price in the $1 billion range for 24/7 Media, the price of which has probably shot up because Microsoft is getting desperate knowing that it's competitors, which are already doing better in the online ad market, are already ahead in the acquisition business. A Microsoft spokeswoman declined to comment on what she described as speculation and rumor. WPP, the #2 ad agency holding company, is less likely to win a bidding war for 24/7 Media, with analysts doubting it has the financial firepower to match Microsoft.

News source: New York Post

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Why is it when someone does something well, and 80% of the world uses it.. it's a monopoly...

Punished for being good...

Well, if you were in class, and the teacher gave a pop quiz, and google wrote for like, 2 minutes, then went home, and still got a perfect mark, and you had to scramble for answers for several hours and barely pass, wouldn't you be suspicious?

It is tough to say when it comes to software, as a huge part of quality is how different products interact. For example, a Media Player, CD-Burning, OS, Media Sharing, Media Network devices, etc. all interconnected.

Massive companies have issues of totally taking over a particular market by consilidating power in order to keep other companiers out. This practice hurts the consumer because it slows innovation and raises prices.

Just look at Windows Vista. Microsoft not was able to put out a substantial upgrade for 5 years, yet did not take a real market hit because of its tight hold on the industry. This would not have been possible in the much more open market of Windows 95-98.

JrDZ13 said,
Just look at Windows Vista. Microsoft not was able to put out a substantial upgrade for 5 years, yet did not take a real market hit because of its tight hold on the industry. This would not have been possible in the much more open market of Windows 95-98.
Windows Vista is also more advanced than Windows 9x.

Ugh, these kinds of comments annoy me to no end.

"If your complaining doesn’t work, try doing the same as what you were complaining about."

Microsoft didn't complain about the fact that Google Bought doubleclick. (though it does give Google a basic monopoly...which Microsoft DOS NT have in that market... sos saying them entering the market and buying a company tis the same thing is flawed even on THAT level. Microsoft complained and wanted an investigation because doubleclick apparently went to a lower bidder...for suspicious reasons.

Microsoft complained and wanted an investigation because doubleclick apparently went to a lower bidder...for suspicious reasons.

There's no law that says they have to go with the highest bidder. Microsoft are sore losers and they only have their long history of bullying and dirty tactics to blame for people not wanting to do business with them ever again.

there is no law that says that, but as doubleclick is a company with people having vested interestes in it. the problem comes when SOME of these might have taken bribes or offers on the side from Google(there's a lot of people, not just mcirsoft that rose and eyebrow at the company not going to the highest bidder regardless of who it was)to sell to them for cheaper, cheating others out of money

I too am sick of comments like:

"If your complaining doesn’t work, try doing the same as what you were complaining about."

Microsoft were not complaining about Google buying an ad firm. The problem with the google purchase is that google was already a very big player in the ad market and doubleclick are also a very big player. Combined, google has the majority of the ad market and that is considered a monopoly, something everyone has been blasting Microsoft for in the operating system market or years. Is Microsoft wrong to point out that kind of thing in another company?