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A boutique firm with unparalleled expertise in business and technology. We have good command of industrial ecology and legal practice, and have undertaken highly regarded cases. Because the small business scope, we pay more emphasis on effectiveness and efficiency, and choose clients with deliberation. The managing partner not only has extensive experiences in various legal issues more over than 20 years, but invests and manages several technology companies. In addition, he always checks each case rigorously. Clients’ business objectives are our primary focus. To achieve the same in the most cost-effective fashion trumps all seemingly sophisticated legal discussions.

Is Google too powerful now?

2017 - 09 - 22

Google was recently slapped with a record-breaking €2.42bn fine for EU antitrust violations.

The 7-year long investigation concluded that Google has been abusing its dominance of the search engine market in building its online shopping service, and therefore, putting those of rivals in an unfavourable spot.

In the 2017/08/30  Washington Post article: “Google is coming after critics in academia and journalism. It’s time to stop them.”, professor Zephyr Teachout talks about an incident Google had with New America, a think tank financed by Google, of which an article praising the EU decision was published by a member of New America, and coincidentally, that member was dismissed shortly after that. The article argues that Google is now too big and powerful that it becomes a tyrant that controls its own version of “free speech”.

“Don’t be evil” has been the motto of Google’s corporate code of conduct since 2000. Yet, we are not too sure if that is still relevant when over 75% market share in searches is in its hands.

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