This has once again highlighted the corruption that has come to characterize this country, whereby just about anybody with the money can dictate their terms to the government, where newspapers will sell their editorial line in return for government cash and where the government has no idea about what the Internet really is and doesn't care anyway.
If you own a 90 percent market share, or in some countries even more than that, you are de facto the entry gate to the digital world. If you then decide to discriminate against competitors, or favor your own products over everyone else's -- even when the quality is inferior and without full transparency to the users -- this is an unhealthy market situation.
While European companies have to comply with comparatively strict data privacy protection laws, Google's hunger for information seems to know no bounds. That has led to demands for uniform data privacy protection standards for all participants in the market. Otherwise, the European companies reason, Europe will be dependent on the Americans in the digital age.
BERLIN -- Berlin's oldest university says it is partnering with Google and three German institutions to start a research institute. Humboldt Universi...