Google Not Added to Microsoft AntiTrust Case

Google's attempt to be added to the list of plaintiffs in the Microsoft antitrust trial was ignored by U.S. District Judge Colleen Kollar-Kotelly yesterday.

"Google is not a plaintiff in this case," the judge stated.

The federal government, 17 states and the District of Columbia are involved in the case. As major portions of the landmark 2001 antitrust settlement are due to expire in November, Kollar-Kotelly suggested the judicial oversight of Microsoft be extended.

Google tried to join the case Monday, in order to further press its complaint about the desktop-search feature built into Windows Vista - though Microsoft - a week earlier - had committed to make changes that would allow users to set similar products from Google and other competitors as their default choice.

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Frank Watson has been involved with the Web since it started. For the past five years, he headed SEM for FXCM -- at one time one of the top 25 spenders with AdWords. He has worked with most of the major analytics companies and pioneered the ability to tie online marketing with offline conversion.

He has now started his own marketing agency, Kangamurra Media. This new venture will keep him busy when he is not editing the Search Engine Watch forums, blogging at a number of authoritative sites, and developing some interesting online community sites.

He was one of the first 100 AdWords Professionals, a Yahoo and Overture Ambassador, and a member or mod of many of the industry forums. He is also on the Click Quality Council and has worked hard to diminish click fraud.