Expedia is worried about Google/ITA deal

More fallout from Google’s proposed purchase of Internet advertising powerhouse ITA Software, which was announced earlier this month.

Barry Diller, chairman of the online travel site Expedia, calls the deal “disturbing” and says regulators should block it or place conditions.

“I think it is disturbing that Google is moving into serving individual spaces, rather than being search neutral,” Mr Diller told the Financial Times. “It is a dangerous step because it is inevitably going to cause problems with customers and regulatory authorities.”

By “serving individual spaces” Diller means “competing with Expedia.”

Regulators have to decide whether “serving individual spaces” also means Google is using its market power to obtain unfair advantage over competitors.

The decision is expected to take months.

Published by Margot Williams

Margot Williams has more than two decades of experience in roles as investigative researcher, research editor, database editor, technology trainer and library director at The New York Times, The Washington Post, Gannett newspapers and Time Warner. She was lead researcher on two Pulitzer Prize-winning teams at The Washington Post for reporting on terrorism in 2002 and for an investigation of the use of deadly force by the District of Columbia police in 1999. Margot is the co-author of “Great Scouts! CyberGuides for Subject Searching on the Web” (Cyberage Books, 1999) and contributed to the “Networkings” column in The Washington Post for five years.

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