Google accused of building digital superstate
Mathias Dopfner, the head honcho at Europe's largest newspaper publisher Axel Springer, has gone after Google saying that they've abused their monopoly in the digital world, discriminating against rival search engines and building up a digital 'superstate'.
Dopfner sent a letter to Google's Eric Shmidt, saying that Google's motto should be 'pay us or be finished'.
Not only that, Dopfner said that he was scared of Google, because his company relies too much on Google. Of course, calling them names probably won't help.
He stated that Google knows everything about their customers, thanks to private messages in Gmail being scanned, read and analysed by the company.
Of course, there's Android handsets as well.
Most people realised a while back that Google weren't exactly a nice company - at odds with their 'don't be evil' ethos - but it is interesting to see a media mogul go on the attack in this way, even if the outcome is absolutely nothing changing.
Rupert Murdoch, another man with a media empire, called Google 'parasitic', but backed down from slagging them off because he suspected his papers weren't as prominent in the search listings (although that might be something to do with paywalls and having rubbish publications).