German media mogul writes open letter to Google; says people are 'afraid' of the company
In an open letter written in German publication Frankfurter Allgemeine Feuilleton, Matthias Dopfner - the CEO of German publisher Alex Springer SE - has alleged that Internet search giant Google has become an overgrown monopoly.
The open letter - titled 'Why we fear Google' - was addressed to Google's Chairman Eric Schmidt; and was apparently Dopfner's response to Schmidt's recent column about a "profitable partnership" between Google and Alex Springer.
In his column, Schmidt has put forth the argument that Google is a beneficial company for the world; and that the company tries to help media firms which are looking for advancement.
However, German media mogul Dopfner said in the open letter that people are "afraid of Google" and its dominance of the Internet. Dopfner said that Google has achieved mammoth growth rather quickly and it holds an undisputable sway over others.
About Alex Springer's partnership with Google, Dopfner said that since the bigwig publishing firm requires a huge Internet presence, it agreed to work with Google. Noting that Alex Springer had little choice but to partner with Google, Dopfner said: "We know no search engine alternative to increase our online reach."
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