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The grand and glorious European Dictatorship, sorry Union… Yes it’s a union…

So a recent debate I have come across is the EU (poking it’s nose where I feel it doesn’t belong) this time into Google’s business, ironically acting on complaints (amongst others) from Microsoft despite how the EU have screwed them over in recent months.

As I have stated on my LinkedIn I am more than “all for” a little competition, but believe you can’t create some where there frankly IS none – Bing does little to convince me to switch from Google, honestly after doing a few comparison searches I can only really say it’s a re-badged Google in terms of search results with less features and a more in-your-face-interface and don’t even get me started on how far behind Yahoo are in the search arena.

So the real question is why does the EU feel like it has to FORCE consumers to see something they don’t want to see? I know there are competitors there as do others, and I will choose Google every-time and so will millions because they’ve proven time and time again to be reliable, fairly priced and in most cases first to the post! (Nobody else quite excited about Google Glasses?). It isn’t like they don’t make mistakes, God forbid would I ever pick their social media platform (What’s it called? Circles? Plus?) over Twitter and Facebook.

Needless to say when these changes are implemented and you are trying to find directions “Would you like to try Apple Maps instead?” is just another pop-up window to close before going ahead and using another fantastic product, it will be right there underneath “Did you know this site uses cookies?” right behind that window that just opened up asking “What browser would you like to install?”

Well done to the EU, not only for stifling good companies and their hard work but for increasing my chance of getting RSI from these various pop-ups you want me to close under the banner of fair competition!

P.S. To further promote fair competition perhaps Mac users would like an annoying pop up too asking them what various browsers they would like to install? Or maybe even iOS users would like a choice??

Love, peace and all things good,

Howard

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