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谷歌与微软在美国国会表明对雅虎收购意图

2008-07-20
谷歌与微软在美国国会表明对雅虎收购意图
BATTLE FOR FUTURE OF YAHOO REACHES CONGRESS
英国《金融时报》理查德•沃特斯(Richard Waters)旧金山报道
2008年7月16日 星期三

谷歌(Google)和微软(Microsoft)之争昨天扩大到美国国会。在美国参众两院各自的听证会上,两家互联网和软件集团就雅虎(Yahoo)的未来挑明了自己的敌对立场。

两院举行听证会是为了讨论谷歌与雅虎于上月达成的广告合作协议,标志着两家公司政治斗争史上迄今最直接的摊牌。

由于微软谋求同雅虎达成交易,听证会很快就转变成关于“与谷歌结盟还是与微软结盟才能更好地为雅虎的用户和广告商服务”的辩论。

由于谷歌在搜索广告业务领域占主导地位的市场份额受到严格审查,它被推到了防守一方。

微软的法律总顾问布拉德•史密斯(Brad Smith)表示,谷歌最终可能主导互联网搜索的“关键门户”,造成“我们将回到过去时代的真实前景。在那个时代,信息和通讯掌握在少数全国性广播电视公司的手中”。

但在自己收购雅虎搜索业务的努力上,微软也被迫采取了防守姿态。史密斯承认,“鉴于我们自己的反垄断历史,一定也会有人认为此次听证会具有讽刺意味”。

谷歌的首席法律顾问戴维•德拉蒙德(David Drummond)警告称,雅虎如果不是同谷歌合作,就有可能“被微软吞噬掉,彻底从竞技场上消失”。

雅虎的首席法律顾问迈克尔•加拉汉(Michael Callahan)指责微软同维权投资者卡尔•伊卡恩(Carl Icahn)联手,试图迫使雅虎廉价出售其最宝贵的资产。微软的最新提案在上周末遭到雅虎董事会拒绝。

双方律师的辩论内容还包括,谷歌同雅虎结盟会引起广告商提价,并造成雅虎最终将所有搜索业务交给谷歌的危险境地。

译者/陈云飞

阅读本文章英文,请点击BATTLE FOR FUTURE OF YAHOO REACHES CONGRESS
BATTLE FOR FUTURE OF YAHOO REACHES CONGRESS
By Richard Waters in San Francisco
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
The war between Google and Microsoft spilled over on to Capitol Hill yesterday as the internet and software groups staked out their rival positions over the future of Yahoo at separate Senate and House hearings.

The committee hearings, called to consider a proposed advertising alliance between Google and Yahoo that was struck last month, marked the most direct showdown yet in the political battle between the two companies.

With Microsoft angling to secure a deal of its own with Yahoo, the hearings quickly turned into an argument over whether Yahoo's users and advertisers would be better served by a link with Google or Microsoft.

Google was pushed on to the defensive as its dominant share of the search advertising business was subjected to close scrutiny.

Brad Smith, Microsoft's general counsel, said Google could end up dominating the “critical gateway” of internet search, creating “the very real prospect that we would regress to the days when information and communications were in the hands of a few national broadcast television companies”.

But Microsoft was also thrown on to the defensive over its own efforts to buy Yahoo's search business. Mr Smith conceded that “this hearing must strike some as ironic, given our own anti-trust history”.

David Drummond, Google's chief legal officer, warned that the alternative to a Google alliance could be for Yahoo to be “gobbled up by Microsoft, eliminating them from the playing field”.

Yahoo's general counsel, Michael Callahan, accused Microsoft of joining forces with Carl Icahn, the activist investor, to try to force a fire sale of Yahoo's most valuable assets. Microsoft's most recent offer was rejected by Yahoo's board over the weekend.

Lawyers for the rivals argued over the extent to which a Google-Yahoo alliance would give rise to higher prices for advertisers and lead to a slippery slope eventually involving Yahoo handing all of its search business to Google.
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