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FREE TO SPEAK UP AT GOOGLE - BUT not on one subject : Employees are taught what to say about pending antitrust issues.

Google employees are not shy about speaking up in the last few years, they have openly confronted the company about building a censored search engine in China, the handling of sexual harassment claims and its work with the Pentagon on artificial engine technology for weapons.

But there is one subject that employees avoid at all costs. They don't address it in emails. 

They don't bring it up in big company meetings. They are regularly reminded that Google doesn't ''crush,'' ''kill,'' ''hurt,'' or ''block,'' the competition. And if you hope to land an executive job at the company do not bring up the word in the interview process.

And for all of the above, The World Students Society thanks author, Daisuke Wakabayashi.

THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT FILED an antitrust lawsuit against Alphabet Inc's Google on Tuesday, accusing the $1 trillion company of illegally using its market power to fend off rivals and said was nothing off the table, including a break up of the Internet search and advertising company.

The lawsuit marks the biggest challenge by the United States to the growing power of tech companies in a generation, comparable to the lawsuit against Microsoft Corp filed in 1998 and the 1974 case against AT&T. which led to the breakup of the Bell System.

The complaint which as joined by 11 states, says Google acted unlawfully to maintain its position in search and search advertising on the Internet, and says that ''absent a court a court order, Google will continue executing its anti competitive strategy, crippling the competitive process, reducing consumer choice, and stifling innovation.''

The government said Google has nearly 90% of all general search engine queries in the United States and almost 95% of searches on mobile.

Attorney General Bill Bart said his investigators had found that. Google does not compete on the quality of its search results but instead bought its success through payments to mobile phone makers and others.

''The end result is that no one can feasibly challenge Google's dominance in search and search advertising,'' Bart said. 

When asked on a conference call if the department was seeking a breakup or another remedy, Ryan Shores, a Justice Department official, said:

''Nothing is off the table, but a question of remedies is best addressed by the court after it's had a chance to hear all the evidence.''

Google called the lawsuit ''deeply flawed,'' adding that people ''use Google because they choose to - not because they're forced to or because they're forced to or because they can't find alternative.

Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted on Sept 10, using the hash tag *BreakUpBigTech, that she wanted  ''swift, aggressive action.''

Still, coming just days before the US presidential elections, the filling's timing could be seen as a political gesture since it fulfills a promise made by President Donald Trump to his supporters to hold certain companies to account for allegedly stifling conservative voices.

Republicans then complain that  social media. companies including Google take action to reduce the spread of conservative viewpoints on their platforms. Lawmakers have sought, without explaining how, to use antitrust laws to compel Big Tech. to stop these alleged limitations.

Shares of. Alphabet were up 1.9%. at. $1, 563.51 on Tuesday afternoon, after dipping in the morning.

The lawsuit comes more than a year after the Justice Department and Federal Trade Commission began antitrust investigations into four big tech companies; Amazon.com Inc, Apple Inc, Facebook Inc, and Google.

Seven years ago, the FTC settled an antitrust probe into Google over alleged bias in its search function to favor its products, among other issues. The settlement came over the objections of same FTC staff attorneys.

Google has faced similar legal challenges overseas. The European Union fined Google $1.7 billion in 2019 for stopping websites from using Google's rivals to find advertisers, $2.6 billion in 2017 for favoring its own shopping business in search, and $4.9 billion in 2018 for backing rivals on its wireless Android operating system. [Reuters]

With respectful dedication to the Big Tech Giants, Leaders, Students, Professors and Teachers of the world. See Ya all prepare and register for Great Global Elections on The World Students Society :  wssciw.blogspot.com and Twitter !E-WOW! - The Ecosystem 2011 :

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